The Department of World Languages & Cultures is the largest and most diverse in the
College, culturally and programmatically. Our programs and courses offer multiple
opportunities for undergraduate and graduate study in language, literature, culture,
and language education. All foreign languages and their respective literatures at
the University of Utah are taught in the Department, which provides students with
a forum for research and education in more than 20 linguistic and literary traditions.
The WLC Department is now offering virtual language placement testing for students
who would like to be placed into the appropriate language class or who would like
to purchase lower-division language credits. Click the link below for the most current information about language placement testing,
including virtual test instructions.
As one of the largest language departments in the country, the Department of World Languages & Cultures at the University of Utah offers 21 languages, eight majors and 12 minors. Now, after a groundbreaking restructuring and expansion of their Comparative Literary & Cultural Studies degree, the department will introduce seven new options to better meet the needs and interests of more students in Fall 2022.
There’s a street in downtown Salt Lake City serving as an urban archive with generations of stories written in brick and concrete. Near the Salt Palace Convention Center and the Vivint Arena, it stretches from Second to Third West on 100 South, bookended by the Japanese Church of Christ and the Salt Lake Buddhist Temple—the remnants of a once-thriving Japantown chronicling the Japanese American community’s 100+-year fight to save the celebrated space and preserve their history.
Yunwen Su has received the Business Language Research and Teaching Award from the Centers for International Business Education and Research (CIBER). She was recognized for her research with Yingling Bao from Indiana University for their research on “Gift Giving Interactions and the Chinese Concept of Politeness.”