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Graduate Studies

Welcome to the graduate division of the Department of World Languages and Cultures!

As a student in our programs, you will participate in rethinking traditions of world literature, culture, and language. Our various programs provide you with historical coverage of national traditions and the theoretical foundations and methods of contemporary literary criticism paired with an emphasis in Second Language Acquisition. Our emphases include Master of Arts degrees in World Languages and Cultures with specializations in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (CLCS), Spanish, and French, a Masters of Art degree in World Languages (includes Utah certification), a Masters of Arts degree in Language Pedagogy, and the Doctoral degree in World Languages and Cultures with CLCS and Spanish specializations. Students pursuing a higher degree in the Department of World Languages and Cultures work among nationally renowned specialists in their fields, as well as exceptional scholars from 14 national language traditions who participate in the graduate program through CLCS.

Students in our programs have access to interdisciplinary programs of study offered through the Middle East Center, the Asia Center, and the various interdisciplinary programs offered in the College of Humanities. We pride ourselves in our ability to provide students with a truly interdisciplinary and international education and encourage our students to pursue a concentration in a second language or work toward a dissertation with an interdisciplinary or multinational focus. We highly encourage study abroad and international experiences.

Teaching Assistantships are available to qualified students. The department provides a semester-long seminar on teaching methodology and regular workshops for additional training. All teaching assistants work closely with the language coordinators. Qualified Teaching Assistants have the opportunity to teach in more than one language.

Our students are an engaging and diverse group. Students in the Department of World Languages and Cultures organize the bi-annual Confutati Conference that brings to campus graduate student scholars from the Intermountain West. Our department is also the home of the Utah Foreign Language Review, a journal operated entirely by World Languages and Cultures graduate students. Our students present at national and international conferences and have gone on to excellent doctoral programs and/or secured jobs in secondary as well as university education around the country. We encourage our students to view their education broadly and supplement their programs of study with courses in foundation and non-profit management, Museum Studies and/or International Studies.

We offer a unique and disciplinarily diverse graduate education. I encourage you to peruse the information gathered here. If you are an applicant, please feel free to contact me, or a faculty member in your language area. 

Margaret Toscano

Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Classics

Last Updated: 8/31/16