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.


Fall 2019 Course on Russian Literature

10 reasons to be bilingual

The World Languages and Cultures Department recognizes Deaf History Month

Placement Guidelines

Summer Course Offerings

Faculty-Led Study Abroad 2019

Student Blogs

Marisol Barajas

Roz'Alionj Wandick

Megan Ping

Elizabeth Herbert

Contact Us

World Languages and Cultures
Watson Hall 111


French and Francophone Studies (Major and Minor)
Minors (Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies, Russian, Translation for Global Literacy)
Southeast Asian Languages

Prof. John Bentley
Watson Hall 120
Mon./Wed. -2 p.m.
Tues. 9-10 a.m. and by appointment
Thurs. 10-11 a.m.

German Studies / Spanish and Hispanic Studies (Majors and Minors)
Minors (Italian, Classics)
Grad Cert in FL Instructional Technology

Prof. Jessamine Cooke-Plagwitz
Watson Hall 118
Mon./Fri. noon-1:30 p.m. and by appointment
Tues./Thurs. 10-noon and 1-3 p.m.

Graduate Studies (M.A. and Certificates)

Prof. Stephen Vilaseca
Watson Hall 315
Mon./Wed./Thurs. 4-5 p.m. and by appointment