No matter your interest, the UWL Global Cultures & Languages Department can expand your understanding of the world.

Mission statement:

UWL’s Department of Global Cultures and Languages is committed to our students’ professional and personal growth. We enact this commitment by preparing students to communicate effectively—with cultural sensitivity and awareness—in more than one language. Students and teachers collectively engage with the products, practices, and perspectives of other cultures. By putting such knowledge into practice through applied learning opportunities—such as study abroad experiences, internships, community engagement projects, and teacher education training opportunities—we educate and empower students to employ their learned expertise in culture, language, critical thinking and leadership with an eye towards social justice action in our diverse and ever-changing regional, national, and world communities.

Vision statement:

UWL’s Department of Global Cultures and Languages aims to increase students-citizens’ global competence by promoting the curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking skills necessary to adapt to a rapidly changing world. The Department will invest in and foster students’ abilities to operate within multiple cultures and languages in a challenging and diverse learning environment. Through innovative teaching that supports deep learning, we provide interdisciplinary courses that expose students to different perspectives, push them to think critically about the world around them, and opportunities for them to contribute intellectually to local and global communities. The Department aims to be a cultural hub at UWL and in our communities; as such, our major priorities are to equip students and citizens with the tools to 1) become efficient and effective problem-solvers in a multicultural society; and 2) develop a sense of their own role as agents of change in their communities and the world.

The Department of Global Cultures and Languages offers majors and minors (with education majors and minors and business concentrations for each of these languages) in

There is also a minor in

There are also certificates in French studies and Russian studies, along with courses in Arabic and Japanese.

Graff Main Hall is located on the south side of campus between the Wing Technology Center and Cartwright Center.

Upcoming events

Regards croisés
When: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18
Where: 321 Graff Main Hall

Thinking about studying abroad? Interested in hearing about different cultural perspectives? Come and listen to two students speak about their respective experiences – an American student in France, and a French student in the U.S.

Monday, November 18th, 2:30 - 3:30pm in the Language Resource Center, 321 Graff Main Hall.

Presented by Le Cercle Français and the Department of Global Cultures and Languages

Questions? Contact Anne Keefe,

For questions about this event or to request disability accommodations (accessible seating, interpreting, closed captioning, FM systems, etc.), contact Anna Keefe at or 608.785.5246.

Sponsored by Global Cultures & Languages

Stammtisch Fall 2019:
Meets at The Root Note from 6:30-8:00pm

October 31st
November 14th
December 5th

La Tertulia
Thursdays at 6:30pm at Las Margaritas
Come practice Spanish and meet new people!
View the flyer

Arabic ★ Chinese ★ French

German ★ Hmong ★ Japanese

  Russian  Spanish