About The Major

World Languages and Cultures focuses on general knowledge of a country, its language, history, culture, political and economic systems, and literature. As a student you will gain skills in cognition, verbal abilities, competency in another language, cultural awareness, and an understanding of globalization. This major will help you learn the multiple connections between language, culture, and applications to other disciplines. IUPUI offers degrees and translation studies certificates in French, German, and Spanish as well as courses in Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, and Classic Languages (Greek, Latin, etc.).

Skills and abilities this major develops includes: cultural competency, foreign language, public speaking, critical thinking, and communication (IU School of Liberal Arts, 2017).

Complimenting Interests




Major Possibilities

Sample Coursework

  • Foreign language courses
  • World cultures through language
  • Translation studies
  • Foreign literature
  • Immersion abroad experience
  • Islam, gender, & conflicts

Possible Careers

  • Communications specialist
  • International student servcies
  • Legal analyst
  • Nonprofit program coordinator
  • Paralegal*
  • Translator/interpreter

*Indicates career requires additional training or education

Where could I work?

  • Business development
  • Community & social services
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Religious ministries
  • Social Work
  • State of Indiana

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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