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To change the world, you must first understand it.

With a degree in world languages and cultures, you’ll not only develop a personal appreciation for foreign languages, but also help fill a critical role in one of many fields – education, law enforcement, and medicine, for example – that would benefit from knowing another language and culture. Not only will you be able to communicate with a greater number of people, but you’ll also improve your memory, awareness of other perspectives, and critical thinking. Many employers today prefer candidates with second-language skills, so you will elevate your chances for higher pay and increased job opportunities.  

And don't forget about study abroad! Improve your intercultural competence and language skills like never before by travelling abroad and living among the locals. University of the Cumberlands has partner programs in Costa Rica, England, France, Spain, and Ireland. Working alongside our world languages faculty, you’ll develop the skills you need to meet your educational and career goals.  

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By the numbers

$49,110

Average Salary:

20%

Industry Growth

1 in 5

Make Dean's List

30+

Countries Represented
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Programs & Requirements

Programs & Requirements

* The credit hours listed on this page only reference the specific program requirements and is not reflective of the total hours necessary to receive your degree. Cumberlands requires all students obtain a minimum of 60 hours for an associate’s degree and a total of 120 hours for a bachelor’s degree. Transfer and prior learning credits may be counted toward those totals.

To learn more about our General Education Requirements, please visit the page referenced below or explore our Academic Catalog

General Education Requirements

Bachelor of Arts

This is your chance to foster your love for language and culture while earning a college degree. Our world languages and cultures degree program offers courses and other experiences in the Spanish and French languages, world cultures, literature, translation, and more. You'll be prepared for graduate and professional programs and for careers in which knowledge of another language and culture is vital. By exploring these topics in detail, you will set yourself apart within the workforce and become a highly sought-after employee.

Course Requirements

Required World Languages and Cultures Courses (15 hours):

 FREN 131 Elementary French I  

FREN 132 Elementary French II  

SPAN 131 Elementary Spanish I   

SPAN 132 Elementary Spanish II   

WOLC 434 Language in the World (Senior Seminar)  

  

Required Intermediate Language Courses (6 hours):

FREN 231 Intermediate French I  

FREN 232 Intermediate French II  

or  

SPAN 231 Intermediate Spanish I  

SPAN 232 Intermediate Spanish II   

  

A total of four classes (12 hours) are required, two of which (6 hours' worth) must have a FREN, SPAN, or WOLC prefix. 

You may choose from the following options:

HESS 402 Global and Cultural Influences on Nutrition  

HSRV 436 Human Diversity  

MSMN 239 World Religion  

MUSC 401 World Music  

SPAN 331 Spanish Composition and Conversation   

SPAN 332 Latino Culture and Literature of the United States   

SPAN 334 Literature of the Spanish Speaking World   

SPAN 336 Cultures of the Spanish Speaking World   

SPAN 437 Introduction to Spanish Translation and Interpretation  

WOLC 490 Special Topics in World Languages and Cultures  

FREN 491* Cultural Immersion in French  

FREN 492* Independent Research in French  

SPAN 491* Cultural Immersion in Spanish  

SPAN 492* Independent Research in Spanish  

  

*Requires department chair approval  

Minor

If you’re looking to expand your language skills and cultural understanding – but still study a different major – then a minor in world languages and cultures is an excellent option for you. Taking courses over Spanish and French languages, world cultures, literature, and translation is a good way to step into a new language while also becoming accustomed to its culture. In the meantime, you’ll also gain invaluable communication and critical-thinking skills that will benefit any career you pursue.   

Core Requirements

Required Introductory Language Courses (6 hours):

FREN 131 Elementary French I  

SPAN 131 Elementary Spanish I   

  

Required Elementary-Intermediate Language Courses (9 hours):

FREN 132 Elementary French II  

FREN 231 Intermediate French I  

FREN 232 Intermediate French II  

or  

SPAN 132 Elementary Spanish II   

SPAN 231 Intermediate Spanish I  

SPAN 232 Intermediate Spanish II   

Two classes (6 credit hours) are required, one of which (3 hours) must have a FREN, SPAN, or WOLC prefix.

Choose from the following: 

  

HESS 402 Global and Cultural Influences on Nutrition  

HSRV 436 Human Diversity  

MUSC 401 World Music  

WOLC 434 Language in the World  

WOLC 490 Special Topics in World Languages and Cultures  

FREN 491* Cultural Immersion in French  

FREN 492* Independent Research in French  

SPAN 491* Cultural Immersion in Spanish  

SPAN 492* Independent Research in Spanish  

  

*Requires department chair approval 

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Mission & Goals

The Department of World Languages and Cultures is committed to providing you with the tools needed for global, cross-cultural understanding, including the ability to understand and use the French and Spanish languages. To this end, the Department offers c

Communicate Spanish and French – speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Expand your cross-cultural competence.

Understand other cultures’ histories, cultures, and lifestyles.

Apply cultural knowledge in daily life and the workforce.

Strengthen your empathetic, analytic, memory, and adaptability skills.

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World Languages and Cultures Careers & Outcomes

All stats from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Interpreter/Translator: $49,110

Interpreter/Translator: $49,110

Would you enjoy converting information from one language into another? Working as an interpreter or translator is an important job. You’ll earn a median annual salary of $49,110 in a field with an expected growth rate of 20% over the next eight years. 

Law Enforcement/ National Security: $49,110

Law Enforcement/ National Security: $49,110

Maybe you feel a call to work in Law Enforcment or National Security, protecting the rights and safety of those around you. From local police departments to the FBI, DEA, CIA, agencies need people who can communicate in more than one language. With a median annual salary of $66,020 and a project job growth of 3%, a degree in World Languages and Cultures could just be the start of your future of helping protect others. 

International business: $76,570

International business: $76,570

You could also contribute to the global economy by using your foreign language experience to strengthen business endeavors around the world. Working in international business, you could earn a median annual salary of $76,570 in a field with a projected growth rate of 7%.

Healthcare: $75,040

Healthcare: $75,040

With a degree in world languages in cultures, you may even find yourself working in healthcare. Hospitals, clinics, private practices, and labs all need Spanish-speaking personnel. You’d earn a median annual salary of anywhere from $29,880, to $75,040, in one of the most important fields of work, where the job rate is projected to grow 13% by 2031. 

High School Teacher: $61,820

High School Teacher: $61,820

The United States is currently experiencing a teacher shortage in world languages and cultures, but Cumberlands' graduates are rising to the challenge. With your degree you can take on one of the most important and influential roles possible teaching the future generations. Teachers earn a median annual salary of $61,820 and are projected to grow 5% by 2031. You can also pursue a graduate degree and work as a postsecondary teacher!

International Missionary: $60,050

High School Teacher: $61,820

Ministers and evangelizes in different countries around the world in a variety of ways – whatever God calls you to do, wherever He tells you to do it. 

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Common Questions

Many employers prefer candidates with second-language skills, making a degree in world languages and cultures appealing on a résumé. There are jobs for world languages majors in a variety of fields, like translating, law enforcement and national security, international business, healthcare, teaching, and missionary work.  

Pursuing a career in world languages and cultures does not require a graduate degree, though some choose to pursue it. There are a variety of jobs awaiting students with a bachelor’s degree after graduation, from teaching, to translating, and even law enforcement.  

University of the Cumberlands has study abroad partner programs in England, Ireland, France, Costa Rica, and Spain. Enjoy the experience of a lifetime studying in any one of these beautiful countries! Visit our study abroad page for more details. 

That depends on the level to which you hope to master your new language. If you’re looking to become fluent and sound like a local, a major will help you. On the other hand, if you have a different major in mind but still have interest in practicing another language and learning a bit about other world cultures, pursuing a minor in World Languages and Cultures is a great step! 

A minor in world languages and cultures can be an ideal complement to any major. Whether you are pursuing a career in medicine, business, law, education, writing, or science, having knowledge of another language will help you interact with more people, grow your communication skills, improve your memory, and increase your awareness of other cultures and peoples. No matter your career, another language will prove useful! 

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Faculty Experts in World Languages

Learn more about the world languages professors you will interact with.

Jennifer Marsh

Jennifer Marsh

Professor
World Languages

Jennifer Marsh

Contact Information

jennifer.marsh [at] ucumberlands.edu
Bennett Building, Room 029
Dr. Laura Dennis

Dr. Laura Dennis

Professor of French / Chair of World Languages
World Languages

Dr. Laura Dennis

Contact Information

laura.dennis [at] ucumberlands.edu
Bennett Building 032

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