The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers learning experiences and relationships within a Christian community, so that each participant may develop personal empowerment as we learn to communicate effectively across cultures, mature as disciplined scholars and develop enlightened insights and international awareness. Our students develop social and civic responsibility, as they become role models of cross-cultural understanding.

In addition to outstanding teaching in French, German, Spanish, critical languages and interdisciplinary majors and minors, our expert mentoring and extensive opportunities for study abroad give our graduates a distinct advantage in business, missions, education, law or any other profession that values those who can build bridges between world cultures. Our students also enjoy active language clubs, special activities, a comprehensive language lab and extensive connections to external language resources.

As a Spanish major and World Languages and Cultures minor, I have not only been taught Spanish and French, but I've been taught how to learn languages in general. I've also gained a deeper appreciation for foreign cultures and peoples in all of my classes. Andrew Crosson - U.S. Foreign Service, Mexico and Thailand

The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers learning experiences for students to develop ethical and spiritual strength, as we acknowledge a God whose love transcends linguistic and cultural barriers; build value systems that celebrate the diversity and fraternity of God's world; commit ourselves to lives of integrity and service to all God's people, and continuously to improve the effectiveness of the department, the campus, and the community, as together we strive to build bridges to the world.

Study Abroad

Language Technology Forum

The Language Technology Forum is the place where language learning and technology come together. It’s also the place where classroom knowledge is put into practice and conversational skills are developed.

Grace Marquéz Language Technology Forum
116 Russell Hall
Thom Thibeault, Director

What We Have

  • 24 laptop computers
  • language software installed on computers
  • board and card games in different languages
  • ROKU with access to international TV
  • 10-player buzzer set for adding competition to the learning process
  • optical drives for language software and DVDs
  • 16 headsets with microphones
  • seating for 24
  • projection system
  • Solstice for wireless access to projection system
  • HDTV
  • Digital cameras

Online Language Tutorials

Mango Languages Application Screen Sample
  • Over 70 languages are available including Classical and Biblical languages.
  • Tutorials are based on short conversations for modern languages and classical or biblical texts for ancient languages.
  • Tutorials run on any device that connects to the Web. An app for mobile devices is available.

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To take the language placement test please contact Thom Thibeault.


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Alumna Sarah Overby to Present Lecture Nov. 6
Samford Spanish language and literature alumna Sarah Overby '15 will present a special Homecoming lecture Nov. 6. Overby currently is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Genetics at the Universidad de Valencia, Spain. For Samford's Biology Research Seminar Series, she will discuss her research into the molecular mechanisms behind a rare type of muscular dystrophy.  
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Samford to Host National Language Conference Oct. 18-19
Samford' Critical Languages Program (CLP) will host the 46th annual conference of the National Association of Self-Instructional Languages Programs (NASILP). NASILP is North America’s oldest professional organization specifically devoted to fostering the study of less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) through self-instructional principles developed for an academic setting. 
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Language Scholar To Speak at Phi Kappa Phi Initiation
Samford University will host guest speaker Sheri Spaine Long, Executive Director of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, at the annual initiation ceremony of the university’s Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society April 9, at 5 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall.