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Foreign Languages

History

Foreign Languages and teacher certification programs have been offered at UW-Stevens Point since the institution was founded in 1894. Until the 1950s the offerings were limited to four traditional European languages: French, German, Latin and Spanish. During the 1950s and 1960s the course offerings expanded to include majors and minors in French, German and Spanish as well as a minor in Russian. The department became the Department of Foreign Languages and Comparative Literature in 1972 when a minor in Comparative Literature was established. In 1982 the department received consent to expand its offerings by adding language majors with concentrations in cultural studies which allowed students with a primary interest in foreign cultures to take 21 credits of coursework within a language and an additional 9 credits of coursework (outside the department) that pertained to their respective culture (i.e. a Latin American History course, French film and culture or Habsburg History). Since the millennium the department has also offered a four course sequence in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian under the auspices of the UW-System Collaborative Language Program. The department sends Chinese to UW-Oshkosh and UW-River Falls and receives in return Arabic from UW-Whitewater, Japanese from UW-Oshkosh and Russian from UW-LaCrosse.