World Languages and Cultures
Studying another language opens doors. It leads to exciting career opportunities and a better understanding of other people and cultures. Our undergraduate and graduate programs will prepare you for a dynamic career in the global economy, in areas like translation, business, tourism, service industries, banking and education.
Our distinguished faculty members are experts in the theory and practice of linguistics, literature, and translation. In their classes, you'll have opportunities to work closely with them on research projects or you can join one of their study abroad programs.
In the News
Congratulations to two of our outstanding students! Merveille Muyizere, a minor in French and Francophone studies and a participant in our Foreign Language Residence Program, was recognized with the prestigious 2023 Lincoln Laureate Award. Read Merveille’s story about her academic journey at NIU and her plans to become a missionary doctor. Maw Maw Tun, a former Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, was awarded an International Research and Studies grant as part of a Burmese team to develop an e-textbook for intermediate level Burmese. We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of both Merveille and Maw Maw!
Our American Sign Language instructional faculty member, Taylor Hartman, was recognized with the prestigious 2023 Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction Award. Taylor is an adamant advocate for promoting deaf culture in the classroom and beyond, and his enthusiasm for teaching has inspired a myriad of students. Taylor’s classes are educationally enriching and always crafted to be student-centered and engaging. Congratulations, Taylor!