College of Arts and Sciences

World Languages and Cultures

Program Options

World Languages and Cultures department web site

The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2022-2023 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

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.




15 hours in Spanish at or above SPAN 051

WLC 148 - Intercultural Communication 3
Choose one of the Following  
One elective course taught in English that is related to the culture of Latin America and/or Spain 3
An additional upper-level course in Spanish, at or above SPAN 150 3
Total 21
* A minimum of 12 hours in Spanish coursework must be completed at Drake

Minors in Arabic*, Chinese*, French, German, or Japanese language and Culture

Requirement Credits
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.  Courses in other areas may be approved by a WLC advisor.  The following courses are approved for the minor: 9
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 - 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
Total 21

* Due to the changing nature of course offerings, students in Arabic and Chinese may need to incorporate study abroad into their experience in order to fulfill the requirements of the minor.

** 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.