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Engage with the World
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The study of languages, literatures, and cultures has long been a cornerstone of the liberal arts tradition. Today, in the global environment of the 21st century, cultural literacy and understanding are even more critical. Our multicultural faculty members are a diverse group of specialists in their fields. Embracing innovative methods for teaching and research, they help prepare their students for the responsibilities of global citizenship.

We offer courses in Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish and participate in study-abroad programs. In addition, our students benefit from close interactions with faculty and small class sizes.

Academic Degrees - Final entry term: Fall 2021

French (B.A.)
French Teacher Education (B.A.) 
German Teacher Education (B.A.) 
German Area Studies (B.A.) 
Italian Studies (B.A.) 

Spanish (B.A.)

Spanish Teacher Education (B.A.)

Students currently enrolled in the above majors will be supported through completion of their degree. (For degree requirements, please refer to the Ithaca College catalog for the year in which you declared this major.) For those interested in teaching, learn about IC’s “Teach in 5” program.

Starting in the Fall of 2023, the requirements and structure for our major and minors will change. Please find the information below:

World Languages and Cultures, BA

All Minors in WLLC (French and Francophone Studies, German Area Studies, Italian Studies, Linguistics, Spanish)

Features of Our Department

  • Minors in French, GermanItalian, Linguistics,  Spanish and Translation Studies
  • Opportunities to work as an undergraduate teaching assistant. Under the mentorship of full-time faculty members, our TAs help facilitate and lead 100-level class sessions once a week during the semester, gaining valuable leadership and skills in peer mentorship
  • Related interdisciplinary programs in classical studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies, and international business
  • Short-term study-abroad language and culture courses during the summer
  • Semester study abroad through our affiliates and other programs in several countries 
  • Introductory courses in linguistics
  • Opportunities to participate in co-curricular programs, like IC Intercambios (on hiatus, 2022-2023)

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Marella Feltrin-Morris, Chair

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425 Muller Center