The mission of the program in World Languages and Cultures is to prepare students to be active participants in an ever-shrinking and increasingly interdependent globe.

WLC offers two new BA programs from the Fall of 2011--the B.A. in Japanese Language and Culture and the B.A. in Spanish--as well as our existing program, the B.A. in World Languages and Cultures with an Emphasis in Japanese or Emphasis in Spanish. Click these links to learn more about our exciting programs!


WLC Program Mission and Goals

In alignment with the mission of the College of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the mission of the World Languages and Cultures program is to prepare students to be active participants in an ever-shrinking and increasingly interdependent globe. WLC prepares students for this global interdependence by developing their literacy in global matters, multi-culturalism and cultural diversity, as well as helping them achieve a formidable level of proficiency in a world language other than English. We also aim to help Heritage speakers maintain and develop their native language skills.

The student graduating with a major in World Languages and Cultures will reach an advanced-high level of proficiency in the language emphasized, as well as acquire a reasonable understanding of different cultural elements (including the arts, literature, history, social interaction, philosophy, etc.), of the primary culture(s) represented by the language which they have chosen to emphasize.

The School of World Languages and Cultures encourages multiple ways of learning about world cultures and/or enhancing language skills. Advocating an interdisciplinary approach to the study of World cultures, students are encouraged to access the selected culture(s) from multiple disciplines: literature, history, business, art, the social sciences, etc. The approach to teaching and learning language is communicative and outcome-based, and relies on the use of multimedia technology that allows students to learn and enhance language skills at an accelerated rate.

WLC majors not only gain the ability to use languages other than English to communicate, interpret and present information, they also gain the knowledge and skills necessary for the understanding of other cultures and worldviews, thereby allowing them to fully participate in multilingual, multi-cultural communities at home and around the world. In this light, the mission and goals of the Institute for World Languages and Cultures are very much in line with the core values of CSUMB's Vision which,

• recognizes the importance of global interdependence,

• promotes the learning of languages and cross-cultural competence, and

• calls for the integration of modern learning technology and pedagogy to create liberal education for the contemporary world.

additional Contact:

Mailing Address:
CSUMB School of World Languages and Cultures 100 Campus Center Seaside, CA 93955-8001

Administrative Office: WLC North (Building 49), Room 109

Language Lab: WLC South (Building 48), Rooms 107 and 118


Contact WLC

(831) 582-3863

Fax: (831) 582-3885

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