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, Italian, 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.

News

10 reasons to be bilingual

The World Languages and Cultures Department recognizes Deaf History Month


Student Blogs

Argentina
Cassandra Mohr

China
Robert Deleon

France
Kenna Pospisil

Germany
Kyle Arnswald

Spain
Jocelyn Morales Martinez

Contact Us

World Languages and Cultures
Watson Hall 111
815-753-1501
askfl@niu.edu

Advising

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

Southeast Asian Languages

Prof. John Bentley
753-6451
Watson Hall 120
jbentley1@niu.edu 
Mon./Wed. 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
Tues. 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. and by appointment
Thurs. 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

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

Prof. Jessamine Cooke-Plagwitz
753-6448
Watson Hall 118
jpcooke@niu.edu 
Mon./Fri. 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. and by appointment
Tues./Thurs. 10:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Graduate Studies (M.A. and Certificates)

Prof. Stephen Vilaseca
Watson Hall 315
svilaseca@niu.edu 
Mon./Wed./Thurs. 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. and by appointment