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Department of International Language and Culture Studies

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Expand your worldview.

Through the Department of International Language and Culture Studies, you’ll learn so much more than just a new language. You’ll gain a new understanding of the world and its diverse cultures while enhancing skills such as listening, speaking, writing, analysis, problem-solving, and cultural sensitivity.
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Whatever your path, we have a program for you.

Immerse yourself in Arabic, French, Japanese, German, or Spanish. Take a deep dive into art and literature from around the world. Learn how languages transform each other. Develop an understanding of and sensitivity to diverse cultural practices. From the Spanish major to our minor programs in French and German to the interdisciplinary international studies certificate, we have programs that prepare you to connect with the world.

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Expert, passionate faculty make all the difference.

Don’t underestimate the power of great professors. Our faculty will support you every step of the way as you carve your own path. 

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Check out what’s happening in our department.

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First- and Second-Year Language Programs

You’re ready to learn about the world’s languages and cultures. This is where you get started.

Explore a brand new language. Build on previous coursework. Connect in new ways with the language you speak at home or heard growing up. Regardless of where you are on life’s path, there’s a place in our department for you to begin your journey.

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I Love the Language
“After completing my first year as a Spanish minor, I also decided to declare a major in that. I love the language and learning about the various countries and cultures that speak it!”
Nicole Kroetz, B.A. ’21
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Language Is the Way to People’s Hearts
“When studying a language, you open yourself up to a whole new experience and world. Language is the way to people’s hearts.”
Libni Sedano, B.A. ’22
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A Bigger City
“I decided to come to PFW because Fort Wayne is a bigger city than where I am from, and there is a lot more to get involved in and experience here.”
Hawkins Ragland, B.A. ’22
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Beyond the Classroom

Our classrooms aren’t just lecture halls.

Through the Department of International Language and Culture Studies, you’ll have the opportunity to find jobs and internships, join student organizations, and take part in inspiring research projects.

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Have questions?


Contact the Department of International Language and Culture Studies at [email protected].