History of the Division
Since its creation in 2008, the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures has engaged in concerted efforts to promote collaboration across its constituent units, to increase the diversity of the campus curriculum in languages, literatures, and cultures, and to foster a nuanced understanding of foreign cultures and their significance for the success of Iowa students in today’s increasingly globalized world. The Division is home to five departments Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures (ASLL), French and Italian, German, Linguistics, and Spanish and Portuguese, as well as three programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels—American Sign Language (ASL), Foreign Language Acquisition Research and Education (FLARE—also known as the Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition), and the MFA in Literary Translation. All told, DWLLC units offer regular instruction in 13 world languages and literatures. In addition, the Directed Independent Language Study program (DILS), the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program, and the Language Media Center are housed in the Division and are supervised by DWLLC staff.