World Languages & Cultures

Welcome to the Department of World Languages and Cultures at UMD!
We offer programs in Chinese Area StudiesCultural EntrepreneurshipFrench StudiesGerman Studies, and Spanish Studies. Our programs cultivate world citizens by helping students learn to communicate across cultures and gain an understanding of diverse cultural practices. Learn more about our faculty members, and read more about what WLC has been up to. Please contact Ms. Lori Roberts ([email protected] or 218-726-7951) for more information about our BA and minor programs, scholarships, and more.


Placement Guidelines for Fall 2021
We encourage all students to take a world language at UMD! If you have previous experience in one of our world languages, please take a look at placement guidelines. We do not have a placement test. However, we offer one-on-one advising to help you find the correct class level for you. Please contact Dept Head Jennifer Brady for placement and advising.

Why study a world language?

  • 9 out of 10 U.S. employers rely on employees with language skills other than English.
  • 56% say their world language demand will increase in the next 5 years.
  • 1 in 3 language-dependent U.S. employers report a language skills gap.

Pictured above (clockwise from left): 1) Chinese Area Studies professor Weiqing Zhang (center) with students (left to right): Ryan Kuchta, Jessica Knight, Lee Her, Yer Her - Temple of Heaven in Beiging, 2) CUE students engage in a problem-solving activity, 3) German Studies professor Dan Nolan (left) and French Studies professor Dana Lindaman (right) work with UMD computer science student Charles McGregor to build language learning apps, 4) Spanish Club president Sabrina Salmela and Aliza Mashadi, 5) German Studies student Kristie Slindee in Passau, Germany, 6) French Studies student Megan Resch performs at the annual WLC Talent Show.

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