World Languages and Cultures

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.

Students will develop their academic and career competency, as they become proficient in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing the world's languages.

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

Our students will develop social and civic responsibility, as they become role models of cross-cultural understanding.

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.


Photo A scene from the film "Avril et le monde truqué" ("April and the Extraordinary World")

Samford Festival Celebrates French Film Oct. 30-Nov. 16

The festival takes an interdisciplinary approach to introduce French cinema to new audiences, including students who are not necessarily studying French or familiar with French culture. 
Photo Venerable Geshe Lhakdor (PHOTO: Tracie Spinale / Smithsonian Global)

Geshe Lhakdor, Assistant to Dalai Lama, to Speak at Samford March 29

The Buddhist scholar has served as translator and religious assistant for His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 1989, and currently is director of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamshala, India. 
Photo Heather A. West

West Honored for Extraordinary Service to World Languages Profession

World Languages and Cultures Department professor Heather A. West was honored with the Marlin Harris Award for Outstanding Service to the World Languages Profession at the Alabama World Languages Association (AWLA) conference Feb. 3-4