Languages and Cultures
West Chester University
Dr. Jerome Williams
109 Main Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Dr. Stacey Schlau has published her latest book Gendered Crime and Punishment: Women And/in the Hispanic Inquisitions.
(Leiden: Brill, 2012).
in Guizhou University (Guiyang, China)
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Languages come in all shapes and sizes: the early years, culture clusters,
the more advanced courses, seminars, internships, study abroad.
Past and present students and faculty wish to pay tribute to the late Dr. Alfred Roberts, who died on October 30, 2012. Fred founded the Department of Foreign Languages at West Chester and served as chairperson from 1962 to 1974. He received his undergraduate degree in Modern Languages from Ursinus College in 1949 as Valedictorian of his class, and went on to pursue his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in French from the University of Pennsylvania. Fred taught in the Department as professor from 1959 until his retirement in 1988. In addition, Fred founded the Junior Year Abroad program in France in 1963, and was president of the Faculty Senate (1969-1970). In honor of his retirement, the Department received a generous donation to found the Alfred D. Roberts Foreign Language Scholarship to assist students to study abroad.
Fred will be missed by his university family, which sends heartfelt condolences to his family. We invite you to share your memories of Fred Roberts with us on Facebook. The full biography can be viewed at:
The Department of Languages and Cultures is a vital and active presence in the College of Arts and Sciences at West Chester University and in the surrounding area. The name of the department conveys the range of research and instruction that exists at the undergraduate and graduate levels and reflects the breadth and nature of our activities.
Languages taught include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish. We offer beginning and intermediate language courses in Classics, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish, as well as courses in other languages. We offer minors in Classics, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Linguistics, and majors and K-12 Certification in Classics, French, German, Russian and Spanish. *As of Fall 2010, no new students will be admitted to the Latin major or certification program.
Active language clubs host varied events (films, dinners, talks) and travel to nearby cities for theater, opera, museums, markets, etc. Our students can also become members of two Honorary Societies: Alpha Mu Gamma, and Sigma Delta Pi.
Our classes are innovative, featuring student-centered study of culture, history, literature and language, often using video, computer software, and internet-based activities. Coursework provides opportunities for service-based learning and community outreach activities that promote real-world use of language skills.
Our faculty include dedicated professors and instructors, talented scholars who enjoy state, national and worldwide recognition. They pursue their research to the far corners of the earth and bring it back to the students in their courses.
Our students are equally adventuresome, and many of our majors and minors study abroad, in Europe, Asia, Central and South America. Information on available programs in addition to the above Fulbright projects may be found on the individual language program pages; please also consult our information and forms for scholarship awards for study abroad.
The Department also offers Graduate Programs: M.A. and M.Ed. in both French and Spanish.
Our undergraduate and graduate program graduates pursue many careers using these languages, including teaching at all levels, law, international relations, the travel industry, marketing, and services in a wide variety of regional and national companies. Our graduates bring to the job high quality professional training and multicultural perspectives on the world. We offer a new Internship program, LAN 425 and LAN 525, for 3-12 credits, for on the job language experience.
Students wishing to study any languages offered in our language program should take a Placement Test in our Language Learning Center in 200 Main. THE PLACEMENT TEST IS TAKEN FOR THE EXPRESS PURPOSE OF INDICATING THE LEVEL AT WHICH A STUDENT SHOULD BEGIN STUDY OF THE LANGUAGE. Students do not receive university credit for any language course they place out of on the placement test. Credit for such lower level courses may be obtained by taking the CLEP or Credit by Exam test for a course BEFORE enrolling in a higher level course. Minors and majors in a language must still complete the number of courses required by the department.