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Study World Languages and Cultures & Anthropology (WLC & ANTH) at USI

Declare a World Languages and Cultures Major OR World Languages and Cultures Teaching Major with a French/German/Spanish concentration OR an Anthropology Major at the time of admission!

  • No previous language knowledge required.
  • Test in credit available – Earn up to 12 credits.
  • Transfer students are welcome and easily placed at an appropriate level.

WLC students:

  • Develop fluency in French, German, Japanese and Spanish, and/or pursue a major in Anthropology, or a minor in Classical Studies.
  • Explore world cultures through film, business, food, music, literature, and art.
  • Secure jobs in highly competitive global markets. Increase marketability with professional certifications in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Cultural Awareness Training (CAT).
  • Benefit from native or near-native language tutors, study abroad, field study and internships.
  • Participate in events and clubs, including High School Language Bowl, language clubs; Alpha Mu Gamma (National Language Honor Society), International Food Expo, Holiday Sing-Along, Columbus Day Concert, Chinese New Year, Day of the Dead, ethnic food & cooking, language & culture fairs, Multilingual Poetry Readings; scholarly lectures, International Film Festivals, career workshops.
  • Boost income and advance a professional career with a double major.

State Accreditation for WLC Teaching Majors:

  • WLC Teaching Majors are nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), grades P-12.

Anthropology students:

  • Gain hands on experience in laboratory and field settings.
  • Participate in events that connect USI to regional, national, and international organizations.
  • Secure research funding through the USI Endeavor Awards Programs.
  • Present research at professional conferences.
  • Understand the complex interplay between culture and language.

Scholarships Availability:

  • 15 merit/need-based scholarships available for teaching and languages majors and study abroad.

Study Abroad, Internships and Practicum Opportunities:

  • 50+ approved international study abroad opportunities.
  • Summer immersion, semester, and year-long programs.

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Audrey Fox '23

I studied abroad in France for my spring semester in 23! Because this program is designed to teach French to international students, I was simultaneously able to learn from a French-native and professional, while also meeting and practicing the language with people from all over the world. All of my classes were in French and focused on strengthening my proficiency and knowledge of the culture.

Mercy Fulton '21

Mercy Fulton graduated with a French Teaching Major in 2021. During her time at USI, she received the prestigious and competitive Walter Jensen Scholarship for Study Abroad from the American Association of Teachers of French. In Spring 2020, Mercy studied at the Université de Caen in France. Mercy is currently teaching French at a middle school in the Chicago area.

Lily Casavant '21

Lily Casavant graduated in 2021 with a double major in German and Communications. As a student at USI, she used German to secure her internship at Disney World in Florida. Currently, she works as the Director of Development at the Signature School in Evansville, IN.

Dr. Jessica Garcés Jensen​

Dr. Jessica Garcés Jensen​ was awarded the 2023 Collegiate French Teacher of the Year by the Indiana chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF)!

Ryan VanBuskirk 24'

Sixteen college students from universities in Indiana submitted essays on the topic of “German-American Media” and Ryan was awarded second place! Ryan is a double major in Political Science & World Languages and Cultures -German Studies.