COVID-19 Update
11/16/2020

Our operational status

Classes for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 are a mix of in-person, online, and hybrid modalities. We recommend email and/or Canvas as the best way to reach faculty and instructors. Academic departments are minimally staffed.

For more information: UWL's COVID-19 info hub

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

Important Notice:

The GCL office is open, but virtual, until further notice. Please email our ADA, Judith King, and you will receive a response within one business day.

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.

GCL News & Events

Sigma Delta Pi

The Sigma Delta Pi Spring Initiation Ceremony will take place virtually on April 26th at 7:00pm. Deadline for applications (click link to download) is March 21st. 

Virtual Stammtisch on March 11

Dr. Shelley Hay will be facilitating a virtual Stammtisch with students from UWL and the Hochschule RheinMain in Wiesbaden on Thursday, March 11 from 12-1pm CST. Please email Dr. Hay for Zoom meeting details.

Arabic ★ Chinese ★ French

German ★ Hmong ★ Japanese

  Russian  Spanish