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World Languages, Literatures and LinguisticsMajor

In today’s increasingly global economy, you can use foreign language study to add a valuable international dimension to myriad career opportunities, such as teaching, business, economics, government work, journalism, law, medicine, computer science and other scientific research.

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Interpreters and translators rank No. 90 in The 100 Best Jobs (U.S. News & World Report, 2018).


What is World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at WVU like?


With offerings in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish, we play a crucial role in providing the basic foreign language component for the Bachelor of Arts degree in the Eberly College.

Both the major and the minor include advanced course work in language, literature, culture and linguistics, as well as innovative capstone experiences in French, German, Russian or Spanish.

Our students participate in internationally recognized study abroad programs. You can spend a summer, a semester or even a year earning credits and gaining experience in countries like France, Germany, Spain and Mexico.

In addition to regular courses and study abroad, students off campus enroll in increasing numbers in our online and distance-learning courses.

Small class sizes and a variety of student groups, honor societies and language clubs all contribute to our friendly atmosphere.

World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics program highlights:

At a Glance

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Areas of Emphasis

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What makes World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

Education Abroad
With programs ranging from one week to a full year, it is easy to find a program that meets your academic goals. Currently, summer courses are offered in Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Spain and Taiwan. Students participating in a summer program normally register for six credit hours.

Courses completed abroad at the appropriate level can be used to fulfill various requirements for the major, with permission from a World Language adviser.

Intensive English Program
The Intensive English Program serves the language and cultural needs of our international students with outstanding teaching in an atmosphere of service, personal attention, respect and mutual cooperation.

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

Transfer Articulation Agreements

In addition to guaranteed admission agreements WVU has transfer articulation agreements with:

Student Organizations

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

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What are the courses like in World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at WVU?

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Popular Courses

ARBC 303:
Arabic Conversation 1

Advanced communication course in Arabic. The course targets all language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) with a major focus on developing communication skills in Arabic to handle a variety of social situations.

CHIN 304:
Readings in Modern Chinese 2

Development of communicative skills, with emphasis on reading modern Chinese texts.

FRCH 450:
French Cinema

Film literacy, vocabulary, and technique in the context of French cinema. Emphasis may vary among origins, poetic realism, surrealism, film noir, nouvelle vague, current movements. May be repeated with permission. Taught in French.

GER 361:
German for Business

Advanced communication course that explores professional life in Germany. Students will develop practical speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills while developing a broad understanding of business, commerce, and industry.

RUSS 342:
Survey of Russian Literature

Major works of selected Russian authors from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present.

SPAN 313:
Spanish Through Media

Explores Spanish language and Hispanic cultures through audio-visual materials.

Cost and Aid

How much does World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2019-20 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $409
Per Semester $4,908
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,816
Per Credit $1,111
Per Semester $13,332
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,664
Per Credit $1,111
Per Semester $13,632
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,264
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics has transfer articulation agreements with:

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What are the requirements to apply for World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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