Languages and Cultures

West Chester University

Dr. Israel Sanz-Sanchez
Acting Chair January-June 2016
224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048


Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Cultures (BALC)
Concentrations in: French, German, Russian, and Spanish.


Since Fall 2014, our language majors study within a new program: the Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Cultures (BALC), which may be completed with or without PA K-12 Certification. The BALC is offered within four languages: French, German, Russian, and Spanish.

The BALC major curriculum requires 10 courses in the language of study, usually beginning at the 100 or 200 level, depending on the language (see each program description for details under Advising section). The new curriculum also includes:

  • a required language immersion study experience for all students, which can be fulfilled in a number of ways, including study or an internship abroad in a country where the target language is spoken in order to achieve cultural contextual experience as well as increased language proficiency.
  • two common core courses taught in English:
    • Comparative Language Studies (LAN 327; or LIN/ENG 230 as substitutes);
    • and Comparative Cultural Studies (LNC 368).
  • the study of a second language from our program choices, through the 202 level. (Students may also minor in one or more languages, as well as declare a major in more than one language).

Our majors develop the highest level skills for bright future careers using their language. To aid students in their language studies, the department sponsors a grants and awards competition each Fall semester; most of the successful applicants use their award funds to travel abroad.  Students are encouraged to participate in language clubs as well as honor societies, to serve as language tutors and to become involved in different service learning opportunities in the surrounding communities and the greater Chester County and Philadelphia areas.

     Please see the individual languages listed on the department home page for more particulars regarding curriculum and activities:

- Go to the Advising Section for program majors.

- Check the Course Descriptions in the Catalog.