College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

School of World Languages and Cultures


Our approach to language education and instruction is outcomes-based, innovative, and technologically driven. Rather than simply learning grammar and vocabulary, you will develop the language skills and cultural proficiencies that are in high demand in business, government, and education. You will also benefit from our instructional use of new technologies and telecommunication networks to enhance language acquisition and promote language instruction for traditional and nontraditional students.

CSUMB Mission "To build a multicultural learning community founded on academic excellence from which all partners in the educational process emerge prepared to contribute productively, responsibly, and ethically to California and the global community..." Read more about the value of language learning

Study Language

Language GE Requirement Information

Placement Advising

WLC encourages students to place appropriately in order to match your current language abilities to the course most suitable for that level. Accurate initial placement is a key factor in successfully learning a foreign language.

Please see the Placement Suggestions on the 2020 CSUMB Catalog, including links to the Spanish Language Placement Exam.

If you need more support with placing appropriately in your language courses, please contact the department at or consult the following faculty

Spanish placement advising (by last name of student).

Japanese placement:

American Sign Language (ASL) placement

Italian placement

List of CSUMB Language Courses meeting C3

Heritage Language Speakers can enroll in

about Spanish for Heritage Speakers

about Language and Culture for Heritage Speakers

Start of term Meet and Greet event

The department traditionally holds a Meet and Greet event for WLC Major and Minor students at the start of the term. See more information and photos from past events.

Major Advising

Please consult with the following JLC and SLHC major advisors by your last name (updated Spring 2022) and for other course advising such as GE, etc., please contact Liliana Cruz

Japanese Language and Culture (JLC) Majors

Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures (SLHC) Majors

Student Support

WLC has Specialized Language Instructional Classrooms in CAHSS 2408 and 2410. During this pandemic closure, 2410 is available for Remote Desktop access. Please follow instructions from IT to remotely access those computers. During face-to-face/campus open, please consult links for scheduled times for classes. Otherwise, the classrooms are available for drop-in use.

There is no printing from the computers in 2408 or 2410, however, IT maintains a list of printing locations across campus.

Language Tutoring is provided through the Cooperative Learning Centerfor many courses and disciplines at CSUMB including language study! See their site for tutorial times and their Spring 2021 Canvas course for learning strategies and other support.

WLC related recent library acquisitions

Japanese Input: Setting up and Typing. WLC Specialized Classrooms (504/2410) have Japanese Input set up. Please follow instructions from IT to remotely access those computers.

ASL Video Production in iMovie hints and suggestions

The CSU is committed to protecting the safety and well-being of all members of our campus community, without regard to their immigration status. The campus resource center supports our students and scholars.


WLC supports student research opportunities through various organizations such as Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC). Read more about our Japanese and Spanish major experiences conducting research in collaboration with our faculty members through UROC. Others have participated in the Okinawa Memories Initiative (OMI) and attended the Santa Barbara Summer Seminar. 

Clubs and Student Organizations

The listed campus clubs have strong ties to WLC disciplines and faculty. There are many opportunities to engage with other clubs at CSUMB.

Social Media


Major and Minor brochures, etc. are available in our lobby and for download here. Available brochures include the following:

  • WLC Fast Facts
  • Both Major Programs | Japanese Major | Spanish Major
  • Japanese Minors: Culture and History | Language and Culture
  • Spanish Minors: Culture and History | Language and Culture | Latin American studies
  • Study Abroad