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Welcome to the Department of Global Languages and Cultures.

Language is key to increasing one's understanding of today's world. The internationalization of travel, the arts, media, politics, science and technology, and the economic interdependence of the world's nations have caused a demand for the multilingual professional. This increasingly multinational character of American society itself demonstrates the importance of foreign languages in nearly every occupation.

The Department of Global Languages and Cultures offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in French, German, Italian and Spanish as well as instruction in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Latin and Russian. Because immersion is one of the most complete ways to develop language skills, we offer language programs in Costa Rica, France, Germany and Spain.

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One of our programs is just right for you.

The Department of Global Languages and Cultures at the University of Dayton offers majors in French, German, and Spanish, as well as instruction in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian, Latin and Russian. A major in Italian can be arranged. Courses offered in the Department of Global Languages and Cultures fall into one of three categories: language skill courses, linguistics and language instruction courses, and literature and culture courses. Language skills courses offer students the opportunity to develop proficiency/functional ability in reading, writing, listening, speaking and cultural awareness, so effective communication with people from other cultures is achieved whether at home or abroad. Linguistic and foreign language instruction courses provide a foundation for comprehending the complexity of language acquisition and methodological approaches. Literature and culture courses expand the understanding and appreciation of the "other" through literary texts, films, art, history, traditions, and study abroad programs.

The University offers a teaching licensure option in French, German and Spanish to students enrolled in Department of Global Languages and Cultures programs. Students must satisfy all of the requirements in the department, as well as the requirements designated by the School of Education and Health Sciences for teacher licensure by the state of Ohio.


Language. An asset to any career.

A second language is a very valuable asset for many career fields in today's ever-expanding global community. Learn where you can go with a language degree >>
Student Orgs in the Plaza

A myriad of experiences that enhance your learning experience.

Our majors can choose from several curricular and extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning experience. Internships, service, research and symposia are just a few of the ways our students can showcase their academic achievements.

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Get to know our faculty and staff.

The faculty and staff of the Department of Global Languages and Cultures invite you to meet us and find out what we have to offer.

Stander Symposium

Insight through research and scholarship.

The intellectual power and creative vitality of the College of Arts and Sciences reside in our faculty. While students lie at the center of the College's attention, the work of the College's faculty makes possible the distinctive education in the liberal arts and sciences that our graduates attain. All of the College's achievements and aspirations spring in some way from faculty members' creativity, talent, and dedication in scholarship, teaching, and professional service.


How can we help you?

Please contact us for more information about our programs. We look forward to hearing from you.

Office Information

Department of Global Languages and Cultures
University of Dayton
Jesse Phillips Humanities Center Room 352
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-1539

Phone: 937-229-2449
Fax: 937-229-4330