World Languages & Cultures

Applied Learning

To satisfy the applied-learning requirement for world languages, a student must complete 6 credit hours of study abroad (at the intermediate level or above) or 3 credit hours of internship (498), directed individual study (491), practicum (EDN 409), honors (499), or service learning (490).

  • Internships The Department of World Languages and Cultures has agreements with dozens of agencies in the region to receive student interns who are juniors or seniors studying French, German, or Spanish. Internships provide students with practical experience involving observation and application of a world language.
  • Honors Thesis
    Students majoring in French, German or Spanish can complete a Departmental Honors Project for credit. Departmental honors provides an opportunity for students to challenge themselves academically by engaging in advanced individual scholarly activity in their major. It is designated as a 499 class in your major, and you work one-on-one with a faculty supervisor over 2 or 3 semesters to undertake an honors project appropriate to the field.
  • Study Abroad
    All students studying a second language are encouraged to study abroad while at UNCW - either for a short term, a semester, or a full year. Check out WLC faculty-led study abroad programs here.
  • Volunteer Opportunities
    In addition to volunteering at internship sites, UNCW students are also needed at other sites in the region. Check out the website to see where you can volunteer and if you aren't already, join our Spanish student listserv so that you can receive emails with information on volunteer opportunities.
  • Service Learning
    SPN 490 is a 3-credit course offered each fall to Spanish majors. In this course, students learn about Hispanics that live in North Carolina through service-learning and research. Each student  volunteers in the community with an agency that serves the Spanish-speaking population. Students also complete a research project, including a final research paper in Spanish. Class time is devoted to discussing the weekly readings, hearing from guest speakers who work with Hispanics in the Wilmington area and from Hispanics themselves, and learning more about conducting research and writing a research paper. Topics to be discussed include immigration, education, healthcare, politics, and the economy.


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