Our Mission

The Department of World Languages and Cultures provides the Gallaudet student body with unique opportunities to increase their global marketability upon graduation by acquiring proficiency in foreign languages, knowledge of world cultures, and familiarity with international Deaf communities and their sign languages through internships and study abroad.

Departmental Programs

The World Languages and Cultures Department encompasses three different programs: the Foreign Language Program, the interdisciplinary International Studies Program, and the English Language Institute for international students (ELI)

The Department offers a major and a minor in Spanish, and a major in International Studies. The department also provides courses in written French. Courses in foreign sign languages are provided occasionally, as they become available. The department has offered courses in Spanish Sign Language (LSE), Mexican Sign Language (LSM), Costa Rican Sign Language (LESCO), and French Sign Language (LSF).

Transfer Credits

If you are a transfer student and have already completed Spanish credits at another university, please contact the Department Chair. Spanish transfer credits may be counted towards the completion of a Spanish major or minor, upon the department's review. 

Placement Test

If you took French or Spanish in High School, please contact the department Chair about taking a language placement test.

Study Abroad

The World Languages and Cultures department at Gallaudet has historically been a world leader in opening up international internship opportunities and language study abroad venues for Deaf students. Our students have studied or interned in Costa Rica, France, Germany, Spain, Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, and Gabon, among other countries. http://www.gallaudet.edu/wlc/study_abroad_opportunities.html

English Language Institute for international students

For students lacking college-level skills in written English or for students from abroad needing to acquire a working knowledge of English for educational purposes, the English Language Institute (ELI) offers the only officially accredited ESL program for Deaf Students in the United States. http://www.gallaudet.edu/wlc/eli.html

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