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Welcome to the Department of World Languages and Cultures

The Department of World Languages and Cultures (DWLC) supports both the mission and the vision of Howard University. It is the second largest Department in the College of Arts and Sciences and contributes to the realization of Howard's enterprise by offering courses in foreign modern languages and literatures. The DWLC offers Majors and Minors in French and Spanish languages, cultures, and literatures, as well as Minors in Arabic, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. The DWLC is constantly adapting itself to the global world, offering basic instruction in the previously mentioned languages and also in Amharic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Wolof, Yoruba, and Zulu. Efforts are underway to restore the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in French and Spanish through an interdisciplinary program in African and African Diaspora Languages, Cultures and Literatures.

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Dr. Vernessa White-Jackson - Chair

Language Placement Examination Information (LPE)

The Language Placement Examination (LPE) is administered to every student who has a language requirement for his or her Major. The LPE is administered through AVANTís Placement Assessment program. AVANTís Placement Assessment is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system that quickly and accurately assesses a studentís level of language proficiency in Arabic, Chinese (Traditional and simplified), Spanish, French, German, and Japanese. AVANT provides the advantages of grouping and placing students, from a web-based computer. AVANTís Placement Assessments are quick, convenient, and engage students with real-world content in Reading, Contextualized Grammar, Writing, and Speaking.

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News & Events



International Symposium: Celebrating the Legacy of Maya Angelou

Literature, Film, Art, and Social Sciences as Forms of Liberation

Joëlle Verdol, Writer (Guadalupe/Martinique), Opening Keynote Address
Abdourahman Waberi, Writer (Djibouti/France), Closing Keynote Address
Explosión Negra, Afro-Colombian Artistic Group

September 10, 2014
Blackburn Center, Howard University

College of Arts and Sciences Department of World Languages and Cultures