Department of Languages and Cultures

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The Department of Languages and Cultures provides the opportunity for degrees at the BA or the MEd levels. Students take courses in second or foreign languages from basic to advanced levels. In addition to languages, the department has developed several programs in the literatures and cultures of the Spanish and French speaking worlds. 

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BA in Asian Studies - East Asian concentration
    Majoring in the East Asia concentration in Asian studies provides a foundation of knowledge in civilizations of East Asia, as well as the scholarly practice of Asian Studies. The program of study provides students with a multidisciplinary education in the language, culture, art, anthropology, geography, history, philosophy, political science, and sociology of East Asia.
  • BA in Asian Studies - South Asian concentration
    With its distinguished faculty's solid and broad background in historical and contemporary Asia, the program helps students achieve their career goals through multi-disciplinary education in the language, culture, art, anthropology, geography, history, philosophy, political science, and sociology of South Asia.
  • BA in Asian Studies - Chinese Language Track
    To meet the growing demand in New Jersey school districts for certified teachers of Chinese, William Paterson University offers an accelerated Chinese language teacher preparation program. Within one year, students who successfully complete this program will be qualified for a certificate of eligibility and earn a second BA in Asian studies-Chinese language track. The 30-credit curriculum provides state approved courses in Chinese language, pedagogy, methodology, and literature, offered in evening, weekend, and online format, convenient for the working professional. The accelerated Chinese language teacher preparation program is ideal for heritage or native speakers of Mandarin Chinese who currently hold a BA degree and who seek a career in teaching world language in New Jersey schools. Partial scholarships may be available.
  • BA in Asian Studies - Japanese Language Track
    Students who successfuly complete the Japanese language teacher preparation program will be qualified for a certificate of eligibility and earn a second BA in the Asian studies program Japanese language track. The 30-credit curriculum provides state-approved courses in Japanese language, pedagogy, methodology, culture, and literature, offered in evening, weekend, and online formats, convenient for both full-time students and working professionals.
  • BA in Latin American and Latino Studies
    The Latin American and Latino studies program at William Paterson University aims to bridge the gap between the lived experiences of the Latin American and Latino populations in the Americas and the production of knowledge about them. The program provides a greater understanding of diversity in keeping with the University’s mission of providing a climate of diversity and equity in educational excellence. This major will help students develop a multidisciplinary understanding and knowledge base of the history, culture, and people of Latin America and of Latinas/Latinos in the United States.
  • BA in Spanish
    The Spanish program seeks to enhance its student's oral and written skills in the Spanish language, to foster a strong awareness of the multicultural and multi-ethnic Spanish speaking world, and to promote critical and communicative skills applicable to diverse professional endeavors.
  • Minor in Asian Studies
    A minor in Asian studies supplements an undergraduate education with an understanding of Asian languages, cultures, and literature. This multidisciplinary approach can round out a student's education while adding value to his or her undergraduate degree.
  • French and Francophone Studies Minor
    The French and Francophone studies minor seeks to develop in its students, oral and written proficiency in French, cultural awareness of the multifaceted Francophone world, and to provide academic training for careers involving the French language, and Francophone literatures and cultures. Focusing on the diversity of the French-speaking world, this minor is particularly recommended for students interested in teaching or in pursuing careers in international fields such as communications, economics and finance, government, politics, law, or translation.
  • Minor in International Cinema
    The primary goal of the minor in international cinema is to provide students with a multi-cultural approach to the study of the history and aesthetics of the world cinema with a particular emphasis on issues of ideology, ethnicity, race, and gender across cultures.
  • Minor in Latin American and Latino Studies
    The Latin American and Latino studies program at William Paterson University aims to bridge the gap between the lived experiences of the Latin American and Latino populations in the Americas and the production of knowledge about them. The program provides a greater understanding of diversity in keeping with the University’s mission of providing a climate of diversity and equity in educational excellence. This major will help students develop a multidisciplinary understanding and knowledge base of the history, culture, and people of Latin America and of Latinas/Latinos in the United States.
  • Minor in Linguistics
    A minor in linguistics can be both intellectually rewarding and practical. A background in linguistics develops knowledge about the human capacity to acquire and use language, as well as about the formal systems that make up human and artificial languages. A background in linguistics will develop your ability to understand and analyze many facets of language and communication. This ability can be applied to the study, for example, of English grammar and style, or of foreign languages, or of child and adult speech and language acquisition. Linguistics can illuminate language diversity and change or serve to make sense of computer science and logic. A minor in linguistics will directly benefit students majoring in communication disorders, English, foreign languages, philosophy, communication, education, anthropology, psychology, cognitive science, liberal studies, and computer science.
  • Minor in Spanish
    A minor in Spanish grants students a gateway to proficiency in the language. Courses provide students with a foundation of knowledge in Spanish language, composition, and literature. A minor in Spanish benefits students by providing them with abilities in practical as well as professional and academic communication.
  • Minor in Spanish for the Professions
    The Spanish for the professions minor program provides students with competency in the Spanish language while developing professional language and cultural skills. The outcomes for this minor include learning the linguistic and cultural skills necessary to facilitate written and oral professional interactions both in Spanish-speaking countries and in the USA.
  • Minor in World Literature
    A minor in world literature benefits students with courses designed to develop skills in literary and textual analysis. Students can choose courses covering literature from a variety of cultures with a focus on interdisciplinary study. This program fosters research and analysis skills while developing proficiency in foreign languages.
  • MEd in Curriculum and Learning
    The master of education includes concentrations in bilingual/ESL, teaching children mathematics, early childhood education, and school library media. These 33-credit master’s degree programs meet the professional development needs of inquiring educators who want to develop in-depth knowledge of theories and trends, research, pedagogical approaches, and applications of educational technology for teaching in one of four areas of specialization. Some courses are offered online or in blended learning environments. Graduates in all concentrations are prepared to become classroom researchers and leaders with a commitment to equity and diversity in curriculum development and reform.
  • Graduate Certification Program: Bilingual
    This program is designed for certified teachers who desire a certificate to teach in a bilingual-bicultural program. Passing scores on the Language Proficiency Interview Tests in English and the language of instruction are required in order for students to receive their endorsement certification from the state of New Jersey.
  • Graduate Certification Program: Teaching English as a Second Language
    This program is designed for certified teachers who desire a certificate to teach in an English as a second language program. Satisfactory completion of the curriculum (a grade point average of 3.0 with no C in all course work), completion of sheltered English instruction workshops for mentors, and a score of advanced low on oral proficiency interviews and written proficiency examinations in English are required for a candidate to receive endorsement from the state of New Jersey.
A BA degree in languages and cultures gives students competence in a foreign language and familiarity with foreign cultures. These qualities make graduates competitive hires in companies with international interests. The MEd degree and the various certifications offered by the department prepare graduates to become teachers in a variety of language subjects, many of which are in high demand in the state of New Jersey.