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Illustration of Aztec pyramids. Mission Statement

To educate, motivate, and inspire students to interact with people from other nations and/or cultures in a multiplicity of languages. The department seeks to develop linguistically proficient and culturally competent individuals who think critically and communicate effectively in local, national, and global communities.

To foster the international exchange of knowledge and information between humanities scholar-teachers and other professionals. Our programs are rooted in diversity within and across cultures. Our instructional methods are aligned with national standards. The world language experience at UAB includes classroom learning, scholarship and research, experiential learning, and extracurricular opportunities.

Vision Statement

A renowned international languages and literatures department whose faculty and staff, through their teaching, scholarship, and service, offer high-quality education.