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WLC Cultural Studies

About the WLC Cultural Studies Emphasis

In the World Languages & Cultures: Cultural Studies major, you can explore themes across cultures and time periods, compare national literatures and cultures, learn and apply international literary and cultural theories, and analyze diverse types of texts (literary, visual, musical, etc.). You will draw on a flexible list of electives with strongly comparative content, taught in English, both within the Department of World Languages and Cultures and outside it. You can choose from elective classes in world literature, anthropology, communication, film, gender and ethnic studies, history, and philosophy, among others.

You will learn essential citizenship and leadership skills of critical thinking, analytical writing, communication, and intercultural awareness, along with the ability to interpret literatures and cultures in comparison to each other (cross-cultural analysis). These skills are crucial not only to more advanced work in academic fields, but also to intelligent and humanely responsible action in a complex, increasingly globalizing world.

Want to study these global topics in multiple languages? Check out the Comparative Literature Emphasis

WLC - Cultural Studies Major

A major in World Languages and Cultures with a Cultural Studies emphasis includes 21 credits in the Cultural Studies emphasis, combined with 9 core credits, 6 perspective elective credits, and a 3-credit practicum for a total of 39 credits. This comparative approach allows students to gain a depth of knowledge in their chosen emphasis, while also exploring a breadth of topics in global cultural studies.

WLC Major: Cultural Studies Emphasis Curriculum Degree Requirements

Total credits required for degree: 39 credits


Note that this plan is a prediction of courses but does not guarantee this exact availability of courses. Also note that students with prior language learning experience do not necessarily need to begin at the 1010 level and should visit our Language Placement FAQ page for questions about where to begin.

World Languages & Cultures Minor

The World Languages and Cultures minor allows students to take courses from a variety of departments related to world cultural studies.  

WLC Minor Requirements

Total credits required for minor: 21 credits

WLC - Minor WORKSHEET   WLC Practicum


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Last Updated: 6/5/24