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.

All Majors and Minors

Prof. Jessamine Cooke-Plagwitz
Watson Hall 118

Office Hours

Monday/ Wednesday, 11 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
Tuesday/ Thursday, 10 a.m.-noon
Friday, 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

Deaf Studies Minor

Prof. Linda Saborio
Watson Hall 120

Office Hours

Monday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Graduate Studies

Prof. Stephen Vilaseca
Watson Hall 315

Office Hours

Monday/Wednesday, 4-5 p.m. and by appointment

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

German Studies

Graduate certificate in Foreign Language Instructional Technology


Minors (Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies, Russian, Translation for Global Literacy)


Southeast Asian Languages

Spanish and Hispanic Studies

Jessamine Cooke-Plagwitz 815-753-6448 WH 118

Graduate certificates

Graduate studies

M.A. Spanish and Hispanic Studies

Stephen Vilaseca or 815-753-6463 WH 315

Contact Us

World Languages and Cultures
Watson Hall 111