The Department of World Languages and Cultures (DWLC) supports both
the mission and the vision of Howard University. It is the second largest
Department in the College of Arts and Sciences and contributes to the
realization of Howard's enterprise by offering courses in foreign modern
languages and literatures. The DWLC offers Majors and Minors in French
and Spanish languages, cultures, and literatures, as well as Minors in
Arabic, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. The DWLC
is constantly adapting itself to the global world, offering basic instruction in
the previously mentioned languages and also in Amharic, Chinese, Haitian
Creole, Korean, Wolof, Yoruba, and Zulu. Efforts are underway to restore
the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in French and Spanish through an
interdisciplinary program in African and African Diaspora Languages,
Cultures and Literatures.
Dr. Vernessa White-Jackson - Chair
Language Placement Examination Information (LPE)
The Language Placement Examination (LPE) is administered to every
student who has a language requirement for his or her Major.
The LPE is administered through AVANTís Placement Assessment
program. AVANTís Placement Assessment is a web-based, artificially
intelligent assessment and learning system that quickly and accurately
assesses a studentís level of language proficiency in Arabic, Chinese
(Traditional and simplified), Spanish, French, German, and Japanese.
AVANT provides the advantages of grouping and placing students, from a
web-based computer. AVANTís Placement Assessments are quick,
convenient, and engage students with real-world content in Reading,
Contextualized Grammar, Writing, and Speaking.
International Symposium: Celebrating the Legacy of Maya Angelou
Literature, Film, Art, and Social Sciences as Forms of Liberation
Joëlle Verdol, Writer (Guadalupe/Martinique), Opening Keynote Address
Abdourahman Waberi, Writer (Djibouti/France), Closing Keynote Address
Explosión Negra, Afro-Colombian Artistic Group
September 10, 2014
Blackburn Center, Howard University