World Languages and Cultures
(Formerly Foreign Languages and Literatures)

Here at NIU, you'll learn languages from highly engaged and well-published faculty. Choose from undergraduate majors in French, German and Spanish and minors in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. You can take courses in Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Portuguese, Tagalog and Thai. We can also prepare you to become a licensed teacher in French, German or Spanish. At the graduate level, we offer a master's degree in Spanish and graduate certificates in German, Spanish and foreign language instructional technology.

Practice your language by studying abroad, visiting our multimedia learning center and participating in our Foreign Language Residence Program. Studying a foreign language will prepare you for jobs in a global economy, while helping you develop a lifelong interest in other languages and cultures.


10 reasons to be bilingual

Distance Burmese Language Course

Step into the world of Myanmar/Burma with this beginning (noncredit) distance Burmese course, a language spoken by the majority of people in Myanmar/ Burma. Instruction will be live and conducted by NIU Burmese Language Professor Tharaphi Than. For more information and how to register visit the Distance Burmese course page.

Placement Guidelines

Summer Course Offerings

Faculty-Led Study Abroad 2019

Student Blogs

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Megan Ping

Elizabeth Herbert

Contact Us

World Languages and Cultures
Watson Hall 111


All Majors and Minors

Prof. Jessamine Cooke-Plagwitz
Watson Hall 118

Deaf Studies Minor

Prof. Linda Saborio
Watson Hall 120

Graduate Studies

Prof. Stephen Vilaseca
Watson Hall 315

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