All students interested in majoring/minoring or studying a world language should meet with an academic advisor in the department at least once per semester to plan your class schedule and monitor your progress toward graduation.

Incoming freshmen who have previously studied the target language are expected to take a placement exam in the target language. Visit NIU Testing Services to learn more about the testing procedure and upcoming test dates.

Area Name Email Phone Office
Educator Licensure (director) Karen Lichtman 815-753-6443 WH 114
Educator Licensure (assistant director) Kathy Kuschman 815-753-6449 WH 112
French and Francophone Studies
Minors (Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies, Russian, Translation for Global Literacy)
Southeast Asian Languages
John Bentley 815-753-6451 WH 120
German Studies
Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Graduate certificate in Foreign Language Instructional Technology
Jessamine Cooke-Plagwitz 815-753-6448 WH 118
Graduate studies
M.A. Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Graduate certificates
Stephen Vilaseca or 815-753-6463 WH 315

Fall Advising Hours

Prof. John Bentley
Mon./Wed. 1-2 p.m. 
Tues. 9-10 a.m. and by appointment
Thurs. 10-11 a.m.

Prof. Jessamine Cooke-Plagwitz
Mon./Fri. Noon-1:30 p.m. and by appointment
Tues./Thurs. 10-noon and 1-3 p.m.

Prof. Stephen Vilaseca
Mon./Wed./Thurs. 4-5 p.m. and by appointment

Contact Us

World Languages and Cultures
Watson Hall 111