The Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University offers the following programs.


  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin


  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Latin

Introductory classes

  • Greek
  • Italian (offered in summer 2015; Basic Italian I in summer I and Basic Italian II in summer II)
  • Russian (offered in summer 2015: Basic Russian I in summer I and Basic Russian II in summer II; offered in fall 2015: Basic Russian I and Intermediate Russian I)

Education degrees

  • Arabic (minor available in 2015)
  • Chinese (minor available in 2015)
  • French (major and minor)
  • German (major and minor)
  • Japanese (minor available in 2015)
  • Latin (major and minor)
  • Russian (minor; currently not accepting new students)

Study abroad

Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad. Department faculty lead a number of study abroad programs. Credit toward your major or minor or general University credit can be granted for participation in pre-approved, non-WMU programs. See an advisor for more information about specific programs.

Interdisciplinary programs