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.

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

To take the language placement test please contact Thom Thibeault.


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French Film Festival to Include Discussion With Holocaust Survivor
This year, the Department of World Languages and Cultures is partnering with the Samford University Film, French and German Clubs, as well as Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center to host the post-film discussions. Holocaust survivor and U.S. Air Force veteran Robert May and his daughter, Ann Mollengarden, will discuss the Holocaust and Shoah: Four Sisters Nov. 20 at 5:45 p.m. in Brock Forum. 
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Alumna Sarah Overby to Speak Nov. 5-6
Samford's Departments of World Languages and Cultures and Biological and Environmental Sciences will host Spanish language and literature alumna Sarah Overby '15 for special Homecoming week events Nov. 5-6. Overby currently is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Genetics at the Universidad de Valencia, Spain. 
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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.