College of Arts and Sciences

World Languages and Cultures

The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2020-2021 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Program Options

World Languages and Cultures department web site

Program Overview

The program currently offers the following languages: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. The faculty of the program mentor students as they gain functional competence in a language other than English, develop cultural understanding, and become responsible global citizens. Students prepare to study or live abroad, enhance professional development, and pursue personal interests while working alongside the faculty and, in most courses, native speakers who lead conversationally focused sessions.

Minors in Language and Culture

Interdisciplinary minors are available in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.


  • To allow students to earn transcriptable recognition of their work in language and culture beyond a listing of individual courses
  • To allow students to demonstrate their ability to communicate competently in another language and culture

Successful completion of all required courses shall indicate that a student has successfully achieved the desired outcomes. Prior to declaring a concentration through the Department of World Languages and Cultures, students must meet with a tenured or tenure-track faculty member from WLC and obtain a signature from that WLC faculty member and from their primary advisor. The signed form must then be turned in at the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office (268A Fine Arts Center).


Students may choose from three options to fulfill the requirements forthe minor.  Students should meet with a tenured or tenure-track faculty member from the WLC department to determine the best option for him/her.

Requirement Credits
Track 1
18 hours in the chosen language 18
For French, German, and Spanish - 18 hours above LANG 051
For Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese - 18 hours beginning with LANG 001 or above
WLC 147 - Capstone for WLC Minors 1
WLC 148 - Intercultural Communication 3
Total* 22
Track 2
12 hours in the chosen language, LANG 001 and above** 12
9 hours from the following areas: art, economics, English, history, marketing, music, philosophy, religion, political science, study of culture and society, and world languages and cultures.  The following courses are approved for the Spanish minor:
ECON 135 - Developing Economies
ENG 066 - Reading Race & Ethnicity
ENG 083 - English in America: Language, Citizenship, and Identity
ENG 163 -Transcultural Literature
ENG 164/WGS 111 - Latino/a Literature
HIST 123 - Modern Mexico
HIST 124 - Aztecs Incas Mayas
HIST 125 - Colonial Latin America
HIST 126 -Modern Latin America
HIST 156 - Sex, Power, and War - Aztec Empire
HONR 073/WLC 150 - U.S. Latino Language and Cultures
ACTS 198/JMC 199 - Family, Lifestyles, Annuity Tables
COUN 145/245 - Counseling Diverse Populations: Brazil
SCSS 196/WLC 196 - Contemporary Urban Mexico
SPAN 140 - Spanish Practical Speaking & Writing
SPAN 150 - Spanish Language & Culture Topics
SPAN 151 - National Identity in a Transitional Age
SPAN 152 - Spanish Film
SPAN 153 - Culture and Society
SPAN 154 - Cultural Health Perspectives
SPAN 155 - Spanish for Business
SPAN 160 - Spanish Literature
SCSA 002 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
SCSA 150 - Migrant Oral History
SCSA 150 - U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
SCSA 156 - Ethnographic Methods
SCSS 155 - Global Youth Studies
WLC 148 - Intercultural Communication
WLC 150 - The Other Side of the Wall: The Presence and Effects of American Culture in Mexico
WLC 147 - Capstone for WLC Minors 1
Total 22

* A minimum of 12 credits of these plus the capstone must be taken at Drake.

** At least 9 credits of these must be taken at Drake; more than 12 credits is encouraged

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.