Our aim is to become a top destination for students in the state of Georgia and beyond who are passionate about foreign languages and cultures, and who seek to engage critically with questions of diversity, multiculturalism, and globalization as they manifest themselves in a variety of countries, languages, and cultural artifacts. We endeavor to make contact between and among cultures a daily reality for the general community at the University of West Georgia and to thus enhance multicultural and global awareness and sensitivity.

For more information, please see the Academic Catalog. A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.

  • Overview

    The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures educates students to become better global citizens through instruction in foreign language, literature, film and culture. Through this study, students gain further knowledge of their own language and culture and are able to make informed cultural comparisons.


    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required:

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.


    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Student Accounts and Billing Services website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses


    Major Required


    HIST 1111 OR 1112,
    FREN/GRMN 1001-1002, 2001

    • FREN-1002 - Elementary French II

      Continued listening, speaking, reading and writing in French with further study of the culture of French-speaking regions. Pre-requisite: FREN 1001 with a grade of C or better or two years high school study.

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    • FREN-2001 - Intermediate French I

      A continuation of FREN 1002, FREN 2001 provides a solid base of thematic vocabulary and grammar structures together with a varied sampling of literary readings, communicative activities, and cultural information.

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    • GRMN-1001 - Elementary German I

      An introduction to the German language and the culture of the German-speaking world. Beginning of a survey of basic German grammar and the development of the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing German. Some aspects of everyday life in the German-speaking world will also be introduced. Institutional option: Work with other media (audio, video, and/or computer) outside of class is required.

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    • GRMN-1002 - Elementary German II

      The second part of an introduction to the German language and culture of the German-speaking world. Completion of the survey of basic German grammar and further development of the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing German. Aspects of everyday life in the German-speaking world will also be introduced. Institutional Option: Work with other media (audio, video, and/or computer) outside of class is required.

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    • GRMN-2001 - Intermediate German I

      This is the third course in a four-course sequence and is open to students with three years of high school or two semesters of college German or the equivalent.

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    Major Selects

    SELECT 5: 3102, 3030, 4012 or 4013, 4040 or 4170, 4484

    SELECT 4: SPAN 3101, 3450, 4003, 4004, 4006, 4007, 4012 or 4013, 4040 or 4170, 4200, 4205, 4210, 4240, 4250, 4260, 4280, 4785 [may be repeated when topic differs]

    • SPAN-3030 - Introduction to Hispanic Literature

      A study of the development of Peninsular and Latin American writers from their beginnings to the present. Focus on literary movements and historic context with readings from pre-Columbiana poetry, Sor Juana, Bernal Diaz, Las Casas, Sarmiento, Dario, Storni, Neruda, Borges, Garcia Marquez, Fuentes, Ferre, El Cid, Lope de Vega, Unamuno, Becquer, Lorca, Cela, Montero and Tusquets.

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    • SPAN-3101 - Spanish Conversation

      Intensive practice of spoken Spanish, vocabulary expansion and development of idiomatic expressions. Use of contemporary cultural readings, films, video, and interaction with native speakers.

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    • SPAN-3450 - Spanish for Business

      Spanish for Business is designed to give students a basic foundation in Spanish business vocabulary, geographical and cultural concepts, and situational practice so that they can be aware of the way business is conducted in today's Spanish-speaking business environment.

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    • SPAN-4003 - Latin-American Novel

      A detailed study of early and contemporary Spanish-American novels. Students will study contemporary ideas in Art and expression as well as social and economic issues, illustrated these texts. Readings will vary, but might include works by Lizardi, Azuela, Asturias, Cortazar, Fuentes, Carpenter, Garcia Marquez and others.

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    • SPAN-4004 - Hispanic Drama

      An introduction to Hispanic theater through the ages. It includes readings from the works of Lorca, Buero Vallejo, Valdes, Carballido, Gorostiza and others. These will be considered in their historical and contemporary contexts.

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    • SPAN-4006 - Latin-American Poetry

      An introduction to some of the major poetry produced in Spanish-America. A complete study of major trends in Spanish-American poetry from Spanish 'Modernism' to 'Postmodernism'. Analysis of representative works by David Mistral, Vallejo, Huidobro, Guillen, Neruda, Paz and others.

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    • SPAN-4007 - Latin-American Short Story

      A study of the Short Story in Spanish America with representative readings from different countries and different literary periods.

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    • SPAN-4210 - Modern Spanish Novel

      A study of nineteenth and twentieth-century novels, including Balera, Galdos, Unanmuno, Valle-Inclan, Azorin. Also includes post-war and contemporary novels by Cela, Laforet, Matute, Boyisolo, Delibes, C. Rojas, Mayoral, Rosa Montero, Munoz Molina, Luis Landero.

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    • SPAN-4250 - Translation

      An introduction to the basic principles of translation. Exercises will include translation from the basic level (phrases and sentences) to intermediate (paragraphs) and Advanced levels (short stories and other texts).

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    • SPAN-4260 - Modern Spanish Poetry

      A study of major poems, poets, and trends in poetics in Spain between the nineteenth century and the present. Students read poems by canonical and lesser-known poets, examining a diverse array of writers. Students read poems in relation to their historical, cultural, and aesthetic contexts and connect poetry to other art forms such as painting and music.

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    • SPAN-4484 - Senior Capstone

      This course will allow senior-level students to reflect on what they have learned throughout their time as Spanish majors at UWG and to prepare themselves to enter the professional world and/or graduate school. Throughout the semester, students will meet with faculty members in order to develop a pre-approved research project and a portfolio. Students will present their project in a public forum. Students will also complete an Oral Proficiency Interview. Requires permission of instructor.

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines

    A certificate in European Union Studies can be earned in one of two ways. Under the academic track, a certificate is taken in tandem with an undergraduate degree program. Students from all academic majors are eligible to participate so long as they possess a minimum 2.75 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). It should be noted that some institutions permit the certificate to substitute for an academic minor. Under the professional track, non-degree students—such as business executives—are eligible to enroll in the program upon proof of a valid undergraduate degree from an accredited institution on the condition that they fulfill the minimum GPA requirement of 2.75

    Application Deadlines

    For more information, go to UWG Admission Deadlines

    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here
    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide

      Undergraduate Application

      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
    7. Check the status of your application


    Program Administration and Course Registration:

    Dr. Robert Kilpatrick
    Interim Chair, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
    1601 Maple St.
    Carrollton, GA 30118
    Phone #: (678) 839-5960
    Fax # (678) 839-5931
    E-mail: rkilpat@westga.edu

  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

  • Objectives

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