Why World Languages and Cultures?

Studying World Languages and Cultures will change the way you see the world and open up new avenues of communication

Why World Languages and Cultures?

Studying World Languages and Cultures will change the way you see the world and open up new avenues of communication

Do you love the thought of travelling or working abroad and conversing with locals?

As a part of our Department of World Languages and Cultures, you are able to choose from a variety of languages to learn: French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian.

Our language classes combine oral and written work with the study of culture, including literature at the more advanced levels. You will receive a unique blend of literature, culture, and an exceptional amount of speaking practice for the language of your interest. Our goal is to provide you with proficiency in the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening with comprehension.


  • A major in World Languages and Cultures leading to a BA degree
  • A concentrations in Spanish, French languages and literature, or French language
  • A minor in Chinese, Spanish, French languages and literature, or French language
  • Courses in Chinese, Japanese, and Russian


FREN 214 • Advanced Conversation

A This course provides intensive oral practice through conversation, discussion, debate, and oral presentations. Students work on expressing themselves clearly and accurately while improving their vocabulary, pronunciation, and sentence structure, and integrating correct grammatical principles.

FREN 340 • Littérature Francophone

This course introduces students to the history and literature of the francophone world, including such regions as Africa, the Caribbean, and Vietnam. Problems of colonization, decolonization, and national identity are examined through literature.

SPAN 310 • Latin American Culture and Civilization

Students gain a broad understanding of society and culture in Latin America. Various aspects of culture are discussed, including topics such as history, art, politics, religion, sports, customs, and current events in the Hispanic world.


Our World Languages and Cultures program opens up new horizons and exciting avenues of cross-cultural communication, creating a wide spectrum of opportunities for graduates. These include careers in international and diplomatic work, government, teaching, missions, translation, business, and many other global opportunities.


Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Important Dates

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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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Travel Studies

Travel studies allow you to immerse yourself in a different culture. Every moment spent abroad is an opportunity to learn. TWU professors lead the courses, joined by guest speakers who provide a local perspective.

Careers in World Languages and Cultures
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Students with a background in World Languages and Cultures can find careers in:

  • Translation
  • Education
  • Mission workers
  • International Business
  • Journalism
  • Public relations
  • International and government organizations
  • Teaching English as a second language

Faculty Profiles

Sean Allison, Ph.D.

Sessional Associate Professor of French
Coordinator, French Minor
Associate Professor and M.A. Linguistics Program Director (CANIL)

Silvia Brynjolfson

Sessional Assistant Professor of Spanish
Acting Chair of World Languages and Cultures Department

Isao Ebihara, D.Phil.

Instructor in Japanese

Kelsey Haskett, Ph.D.

Professor of French (Retired)

Slava Petlitsa, M.A.

Instructor in Russian and Spanish

Na Wu, Ph.D.

Sessional Assistant Professor of Chinese