World Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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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 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.

In addition to courses taught in French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish, the WLLC faculty offer courses in Literature and Culture Studies in English  Translation (LC), which are designed to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the literature/culture of non-English speaking countries.


If you have any questions regarding the academic programs in French, Italian, Japanese and/or Spanish please contact the chair of the department, Prof. Carolyn Nadeau or (309) 556-3332

The main office of the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is located in Buck 115. To contact us send an e-mail to, stop by our main office and talk to our office coordinator, speak with our faculty, or reach us by post, fax or phone at the following address and numbers:

Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Illinois Wesleyan University
P.O. Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900
Ph. (309) 556-3044
FAX (309) 556-3284

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