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Bloomington General Education

World Languages and Cultures (WLC) Fall 2014
  • World Languages and Cultures General Education: Studying Human Diversity

    World Languages and Cultures (WLC) courses give you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of the tremendous variety of ways that people express themselves through their cultures in a globally connected world. You will learn about world affairs and the values held by peoples of different cultures.  Carefully chosen courses to fulfill this requirement may help you prepare for study abroad programs.

    What you will do in World Languages and Cultures Gen Ed courses:

    --Understanding the features that distinguish one culture from another

    --Thinking comparatively about cultural perspectives

    --Developing the linguistic skills necessary for communication in another language at the intermediate level

    --Practicing analytical skills necessary to understand how nations and cultures interact

    --Seeing yourself and your own culture more clearly in relation to cultures around the world

    The General Education website explains more about what World Languages and Cultures courses can help you do.

Requirement: Students must successfully complete one of the following three options:
  1. Language Study: The study of a single world language through the second semester of the second-year level. Proficiency can be demonstrated through language placement testing at orientation.
  2. World Culture Courses: Two World Cultures courses, for at least 6 credit hours.
  3. International Experience: An approved study abroad program or internship of at least 6 credit hours and at least six weeks abroad in duration (or a combination of programs totaling 6 credit hours). For information about opportunities for studying abroad, see the Web site of IU Overseas Study Program.

NOTE: The list of World Languages and Cultures (WLC) Gen Ed courses below includes only the courses offered in the coming term. For the complete list of WLC Gen Ed course options, see the Bloomington General Education web site.

World Culture Classes

  • AFRI-L 232 Contemporary Africa
  • AMST-A 100 What is America?            
  • CEUS-R 270 The Civilization of Tibet ^
  • CEUS-R 290 Intro to Asia, Mongolia, and Tibet ^
  • CLAS-C 101 Ancient Greek Culture #
  • CLAS-C 102 Roman Culture #
  • CLAS-C 205 Classical Mythology #
  • CLAS-C 206 Classical Art and Archaeology #
  • CMLT-C 147 Images of the Self: East and West #
  • EALC-E 100 East Asia: An Introduction #
  • EALC-E 110 Popular Culture in East Asia #
  • EALC-E 233 Survey of Korean Civilization
  • ENG-L 224 Intro to World Lit in English #
  • FINA-A 101 Ancient and Medieval Art ^
  • FINA-A 102 Renaissance Through Modern Art ^
  • FINA-A 155 Introduction to African Art
  • FINA-A 206 Classical Art and Archeology  #          
  • FOLK-F 111 World Music and Culture #
  • FRIT-M 222 Topics in Italian Culture #
  • GER-E 121 An Intro to German Culture
  • HIST-B 200 Issues in Western European History ^
  • HIST-B 226 Mafia & Other Italian Mysteries ^
  • HIST-B 260 Women, Men, and Society in Modern Europe ^
  • HIST-D 103 Icon & Axe: Russia 1861-Present ^
  • HIST-H 102 The World in the 20th Century II ^
  • HIST-H 104 Europe: Napoleon to Present ^
  • HIST-H 206 Medieval Civilization ^
  • HIST-H 210 Britain’s Road to Modernity ^
  • HIST-H 212 Latin American Culture and Civilization 2 ^
  • HIST-H 239 Blood & Guts –Western Medicine ^
  • HIST-H 252 Jewish History: Spanish Expulsion to Present ^
  • HON-H 233 Great Authors, Composers, & Artists #
  • HPSC-X 102 Scientific Revolutions: Plato to NATO ^
  • INST-I 100 Introduction to India
  • INTL-I 100 Intro to International Studies ^         
  • INTL-I 202 Global Health and Environment ^
  • INTL-I 203 Global Development ^
  • INTL-I 204 Human Rights and International Law ^
  • INTL-I 205 International  Communications and Art ^
  • INTL-I 206 Identity and Conflict ^
  • INTL-I 220 Global Connections
  • JSTU-J 252 Jewish History: Spanish Expulsion to Present ^
  • LTAM-L 211 Contemporary Problem Latin America ^
  • MUS-Z 280 Music of the Silk Road #
  • PHIL-P 201 Ancient Greek Philosophy #
  • REL-A 210 Intro to the Old Testament/ Hebrew Bible #
  • REL-B 210 Introduction to Buddhism #
  • REL-R 152 Jews, Christians, and Muslims #
  • REL-R 153 Religions of Asia
  • SLAV-P 223 Introduction to Polish Culture #
  • SLAV-R 264 Russian Lit: Tolstoy to Solzhenitsyn # 

# Also Bloomington General Education Arts and Humanities (A&H)
^ Also Bloomington General Education Social and Historical Studies (S&H)

World Languages
Only languages that IU Bloomington offers through the second year and will fulfill the IUB General Education World Languages and Cultures requirement are listed below.

  • Akan LING-K 101/102/201/201*
  • American Sign Language SPHS-A 100/150/200/250 (These courses are not available to first-term freshmen)
  • Arabic NELC-A 100/150/200/250*
  • Bamana LING-B 101/102/201/202*
  • Chinese EALC-C 101/102/201/202*
  • Czech SLAV-C 101/102/201/202*
  • Dutch GER-N 100/150/200/250*
  • Estonian CEUS-T 103/104/203/204*
  • Finnish CEUS-T 101/102/201/202*
  • French FRIT-F 100/150//200/250
  • French (Accelerated) FRIT-F 115/265** Click here to read about the French Head Start Program.
  • German GER-G 100/150/200/250
  • German (Accelerated) GER-G 105/106** Click here to read about the Accelerated German coursework.
  • Greek CLAS-G 100/150/200/250*
  • Greek (Modern) EURO-E 100/150/200/250*
  • Haitian Creole LTAM-C 101/102/201/202*
  • Hebrew JSTU-H 100/150/200/250*
  • Hebrew (Biblical) JSTU-H 100/150, JSTU-B 200/B250 Click here to read about the Biblical Hebrew track.
  • Hindi INST-H 100/150/200/250*
  • Hungarian CEUS-T 141/142/241/242 *
  • Italian FRIT-M 100/150/200/250
  • Italian (Accelerated) FRIT-M 115/215 Click here to read about the Italian Head Start Program.
  • Japanese EALC-J 101/102/201/202*
  • Kazakh CEUS-T 113/114/213/214*
  • Korean EALC-K 101/102/201/202*
  • Latin CLAS-L 100/150/200/250
  • Mongolian CEUS-T 161/162/261/262*
  • Norwegian GER-K 100/150/200/250* Click here to read more about the Norwegian Program
  • Polish SLAV-P 101/102/201/202*
  • Portuguese HISP-P 100/150/200/250*
  • Portuguese HISP-P 135 (Intensive)/200/250* Click here to read more about the Portuguese Program
  • Persian CEUS-T 151/152/251/252*
  • Quechua LTAM-Q 101/102/201/202*
  • Romanian SLAV-M 101/102/201/202*
  • Russian SLAV-R 101/102/201/202*
  • Serbian and Croatian SLAV-S 101/102/201/202*
  • Spanish HISP-S 105 (First-Year) /200/250 Click here for Spanish language FAQ
  • Spanish (for students with less than two years of high school Spanish) HISP-S 100/150/200/250 Click here for Spanish language FAQ
  • Swahili LING-S 101/102/201/202*
  • Tibetan CEUS-T 171/172/271/272*
  • Turkish CEUS-T 181/182/281/282*
  • Urdu INST-U 100/150/200/250*
  • Uyghur CEUS-T 131/132/231/232*
  • Uzbek CEUS-T 111/112/211/212*
  • Wolof LING-X 101/102/201/202**
  • Yiddish GER-Y 100/150/200/250*
  • Yucatec Maya LTAM-M 101/102/201/202*
  • Zulu LING-Z 101/102/201/202*

*First and third semester courses are offered in the Fall semester only. Second and fourth semester courses are offered in the Spring semester only.
** First semester course is offered in the Fall semester only. Second semester course is offered in the Spring semester only.
***This language is only offered in a two-year cycle.