Academic Catalog 2019-2020

Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Department Chair: B. Martin


Professors: T. Cox, B. Martin, C. Moore

Associate Professors: M. High, T. Phillips

Instructors: R. Moore, R. Gribble


The mission of the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is to teach students communicative skills in a world language through a curriculum which emphasizes a liberal arts philosophy and Christian values and, ultimately, produces graduates who have an appreciation and knowledge of another culture, its language, and its literature. Students who choose to major in any field of study offered by the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will be proficient in speaking, reading, writing, and, in the case of ASL, signing the target language.


      World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures with Concentrations in French, German Studies, and Spanish

American Sign Language (ASL)

English as a Second Language with Teacher Licensure (K-12)

French with Teacher Licensure (K-12)

Spanish with Teacher Licensure (K-12)


      American Sign Language (ASL)

Classical Languages


Intercultural Communication

Interpreting (available only to students majoring in American Sign Language)

Minor in Cultural Studies with Concentrations in French, German, and Spanish


Students who plan to major in a world language should take 101 and 102 during their first year of study in order to stay in sequence for graduation.

Students must begin their world language requirements for graduation in the General Education curriculum by the fourth semester of study. This means prior to beginning the third or junior year. It is highly recommended to take all language courses in a sequence without skipping a semester.

Transfer students transferring in at least 45 hours and needing this requirement will begin world language study their first semester at Gardner-Webb. Requests for exceptions must go through the process for Academic Appeals.

Students who wish to prove proficiency in a language not taught by the department should see the department chair for options proving proficiency. If an exam is required it will be through ACFTL and the student is required to pay the fees.

Placement tests administered in the department only indicate the proficiency level of a student. They are not used to award course credit. Students who wish to take a course out of sequence, without the required prerequisites, must request permission from the department. Forms are available from the Department Chair.