In keeping with the mission of Webster University as a whole, the Department of International Languages and Cultures encourages creativity and critical thinking while preparing students for global citizenship and individual excellence, and to be competitive in today�s global marketplace. Personalized instruction from faculty trained in different areas of international languages and cultures increases students� awareness of their own values and paradigms as well as those of others.
Upon completion of the program, students should:
- Recognize and appraise the complexities of a culture or cultures different from their own.
- identify multiple cultural perspectives based on original texts and cultural materials.
- critically analyze their own culture and its place in the world.
- question cultural stereotypes.
- demonstrate successful and sensitive communication, both orally and in writing, with people from another culture through an understanding of their language and culture (according to linguistic level).
- relate their personality, values and complex thoughts in a language other than their native one (according to linguistic level).
All language majors must petition the International Languages and Cultures Department for formal acceptance into their desired major. This petition should be in letter form and submitted after completion of the first 3000-level course in the target language at Webster.
Requirements for Admission to the Department
- Successful completion of at least one course in advanced grammar and one course in literature, both in the language of the major. If transfer students have taken these courses at another university, they must complete at least one upper-division course in the language of their major at Webster University before requesting admission. The cumulative grade average in all upper-division courses in the language of the major must be B or better.
- Students should demonstrate intermediate level proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking according to ACTFL guidelines.
Students will be notified in writing of their acceptance. This decision is made in consultation with the students� advisor(s) and the other full-time members of the department.
Courses completed with a grade lower than C do not count toward fulfilling the specific course requirements of the major. Courses at the 3000 level may only be taken pass/fail with permission of the chair of the department.
Teacher certification courses (e.g., ILC 4060) may not be used to satisfy upper-level coursework in the appropriate language.
Students whose primary language is not English must take English as a Second Language (ESLG) courses until they pass their English Language Proficiency requirements.
A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:
- 36 required credit hours
- Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours
- Students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours in the language of their major: French, German, or Spanish.
- A minimum of 24 of the 36 required credit hours in the specific foreign language must be at the 3000 level or above.
- A minimum of 9 credit hours must be successfully completed at Webster at the 3000 level or above. These 9 credit hours must include a 3090, 3100 or 4090 course, an introduction to literature course or a culture course, and a 4000-level seminar. These courses may not be taken pass/fail.
- The department requires one term (Minimum 6-8 weeks) abroad in a country where the target language is spoken or an alternative cultural/linguistic experience approved by the department.
- A cumulative grade average of B or better in courses taken in the language of the major.
- A portfolio review and demonstration of oral proficiency (advanced low level on ACTFL scale) in a departmental overview (ILC 4700).