Howard University
Undergraduate Program
Overview | Courses | Faculty | Critical Languages | Placement | Admission

Overview

The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers major and minor programs in French, German, Spanish, Russian and an undergraduate program leading to secondary teacher education certification in French and Spanish. In addition to the major and minor programs, the department offers a four-semester language sequence in Arabic, Japanese, Swahili, and Portuguese.

A unique feature of all undergraduate programs and courses is the incorporation, where applicable and possible, of content related to African American and African contributions to the historical and sociocultural development of world cultures.

Majors Credits Required
beyond the intermediate level (004)
French
German
Spanish
Russian
36
30
36
30
4-year scheme
4-year scheme
4-year scheme
4-year scheme

Minors
   
French
German
Spanish
Russian
Swahili
Japanese
Korean
Arabic
Portuguese
Wolof
18
15
18
15
 

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Courses
Course Listing Syllabus
French
German
Spanish
Russian
Swahili
Japanese
Korean
Arabic
Portuguese
Wolof
French 001
French 002
French 003
French 004

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Critical Languages Program

Through the department's Critical Languages Program, languages not listed may be offered upon sufficient demand.

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Language Placement

The following chart is for students who studied the same foreign language in high school grades 9-12.

Year(s) of High School Study Placement Level
0 - 1 Year
1 - 2 Years
2 - 3 Years
3 - 4 Years
Language Level 001
Language Level 002
Language Level 003
Language Level 004

Any student may petition to take an exit examination to gain exemption from the foreign/second language requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences or in any other College or School that has a foreign/second language requirement. The dates of the exit examination will be set by the department and will be announced at the beginning of the semester.

International students should contact the departmental Language Section Coordinators and/or the Department Chairperson when they arrive on campus if they have questions about appropriate placement.

For assistance with language placement, please contact:

Brenda Crawford
Administrative Assistant
bcrawford@howard.edu
(202) 806-6758/9
Locke Hall, Room 350
2441 Sixth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059

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College of Arts and Sciences Department of World Languages and Cultures