In today’s global society, knowledge of languages and cultures is increasingly important in business, industry, and the professions. Courses in World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (WLLC) are an integral part of the IWU Liberal Arts experience, and directly support the University’s mission of preparing students for democratic citizenship and life in a global society.
The WLLC department offers majors in French and Hispanic Studies, and minors in French and Francophone Studies, Hispanic Studies, Italian Studies, and Japanese Studies. Lower-level courses (numbered 100/200) develop an awareness of cultural and linguistic diversity in the world as they develop all four language skills (speaking, reading, listening, and writing). Upper-level courses (numbered 300/400) deal with cultural history, literature, film, popular culture, contemporary social and political issues as well as the intellectual traditions that have shaped the societies where these languages are spoken.
Students develop language skills and cultural competency for situations that focus on social justice. Fieldwork in one of the following areas: immigration, housing, education, employment and voter rights is a key part of the course. Learn more about this course.
Students are introduced to the major contributions by the Francophone world to the development and shaping of the field of human rights and social justice. Course materials will include philosophical approaches particularly from the Enlightenment, as well as European Union policy and examples of contemporary issues.