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World Languages & Cultures

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Coursework at World Languages and Cultures (WLC) at American University taught in the target language provides solid language skills and depth of cultural understanding in the following:

Undergraduate Advising

To declare a major or minor in WLC, find course equivalencies for study abroad, or get help planning a program of study, please see:

Ryan Cassidy
WLC Program Advisor
Gray Hall 101

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What's after Graduation for WLC Students?

Many areas of business, industry, and government service consider a language background a career must. Recent graduates of the department have been employed in a variety of fields including translation, education, governmental and non-governmental organizations. Here are just a few examples of what recent WLC graduates are doing:


  • Teaching Assistant for the French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services in the Aix-Marseille Academy in France
  • Instructor, Georgetown University Center of Language Education and Development
  • Teaching abroad in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Peru, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Turkey, Ukraine, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Moldova, Switzerland, and Thailand


  • Department of State
  • National Security Agency

Nongovernmental Organizations

  • Organization of American States
  • International Organization for Migration
  • International Development Bank


  • Translator at CETRA, Inc., translation agency and corporate member of the American Translators Association

Graduate Study

  • Middlebury College
  • University of Bath and Humboldt Universitat in Berlin
  • George Washington University
  • University of Miami: School of Law
  • University of Texas-Austin
  • Universidad de Carlos III in Madrid