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The Department offers certificates, minors, and majors in French, German, Japanese Studies, and Spanish. Courses are also offered in Arabic, Chinese (certificate available), and Russian through distance learning.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is located in Clow Faculty, 317. The Foreign Languages Lab is located in Clow Classroom Building 250.


The ability to communicate in another language provides direct access to other cultures and perspectives and is an invaluable asset for those students wishing to travel, live and work abroad, or in the increasingly diverse United States. Foreign language study promotes sensitivity to linguistic and cultural variety and, in so doing, fosters the essential civic characteristics of tolerance and open-mindedness. In a world of increasing global interdependence, intercultural awareness and competence can be critical to both personal and professional fulfillment.

There are additional benefits to the study of a foreign language. Foreign language students often begin to look at their native language and the culture(s) associated with it with heightened awareness. Moreover, sustained and intense foreign language study improves overall learning as students inevitably make connections to other subjects across the curriculum.

Our Philosophy

The philosophy of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at UW Oshkosh is in full congruence with the College of Letters and Science's mission to enhance communication skills and increase knowledge of human cultures. Our programs contribute to the intellectual, social and emotional development of our students, supporting their growth both as individuals and as members of society.

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The Russian Program at UWO will end in May 2019.

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