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World Languages and Cultures

The information on this page pertains to students who were admitted to Drake during the 2018-2019 academic year or were admitted to Drake prior to the 2018-2019 academic year and declared a change to the 2018-2019 catalog requirements.

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Program Options

World Languages and Cultures department web site

Program Overview

The program currently offers seven languages: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Beginning Italian is also offered every other year. The faculty of the program mentor students as they gain functional competence in a language other than English, develop cultural understanding, and become responsible global citizens. Students prepare to study or live abroad, enhance professional development, and pursue personal interests while working alongside the faculty and, in most courses, native speakers who lead conversationally focused sessions.

Interdisciplinary Minors

Interdisciplinary minors are available in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.


  • To allow students to earn transcriptable recognition of their work in language and culture beyond a listing of individual courses
  • To allow students to demonstrate their ability to communicate competently in another language and culture

Successful completion of all required courses shall indicate that a student has successfully achieved the desired outcomes. Prior to declaring a concentration through the Department of World Languages and Cultures, students must meet with a tenured or tenure-track faculty member from WLC and obtain a signature from that WLC faculty member and from their primary advisor. The signed form must then be turned in at the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office (268A Fine Arts Center).


Students may choose from three options to fulfill the requirements forthe minor.  Students should meet with a tenured or tenure-track faculty member from the WLC department to determine the best option for him/her.

Requirement Credits
Option A  

18 hours in the chosen language*

  • For French, German, and Spanish - 18 hours above LANG 051
  • For Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese - 18 hours beginning with LANG 001 or above
WLC 147 - Capstone for WLC Minors 1
WLC 148 - Intercultural Communication 3
Total** 22
Option B  
12 hours in the chosen language above LANG 051 (at least one course must be taken after returning to Drake)* 12
WLC 080 - The Study Abroad Experience I 1
WLC 081 - The Study Abroad Experience II 2
WLC 082 - The Study Abroad Experience III 3
WLC 147 - Capstone for WLC Minors 1
WLC 148 - Intercultural Communication 3
Total** 22
Option C  
12 hours in the chosen language, LANG 001 and above* 12

9 hours from the following fields***

  • Art
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Marketing
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religion
  • Political Science
  • Study of Culture and Society
  • World Languages and Cultures
WLC 147 - Capstone for WLC Minors 1
Total** 22

* Students must complete the required number of hours regardless of the initial placement.

** A minimum of 12 of the total 22 hours plus the capstone must be taken at Drake.

*** Courses must be approved by a WLC advisor. Students pursuing one of these options and also majoring in International Relations must complete nine credit hours that do not overlap between the two programs of study.

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