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New Foreign Language Honors Society

Applications for membership in the Phi Sigma Iota foreign language honors society are now open!

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Spanish is the #1 minor at Cal Poly!

Spanish is the most popular minor at Cal Poly!

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World Language Teaching Credential

Become a certified teacher! The Single Subject Teaching Credential in World Languages allows you to teach one or more world languages at the K-12 level in California public schools.

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Placement Exams Fall 2022

The next WLC online Placement Exam for French and Spanish will take place on Thursday, February 2nd at 5:00 pm

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Language & Culture in Mexico

WLC department chair Fernando Sanchez with his study abroad group in Teotihuacán, Mexico.

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Standing in Solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement

We stand with our Black faculty, staff, students and community. We share a collective commitment to dismantle the systemic racism that pervades our country. We affirm that Black lives matter.

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Standing in Solidarity with the APIDA Community

Members of the World Languages and Cultures Department support and stand in solidarity with our Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) students, faculty, staff, and community.

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WLC Secondary Language Concentration or Minor Requirement

Interested in mastering another language? Find out about the requirements to add a secondary language to your major.

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Welcome to the Cal Poly World Languages and Cultures Department!

The World Languages and Cultures Department (WLC), in the College of Liberal Arts, is the most internationally-oriented department at Cal Poly. WLC courses and programs highlight the importance of the study of languages and cultures in a diverse, globalized society. WLC faculty teach courses in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish, as well as General Education cultural studies courses in English. Through WLC classes, activities, and events, students can: 

  • build their communication skills and intercultural competence; 

  • expand their job and career opportunities; 

  • enhance their study abroad and travel experiences; 

  • make meaningful connections with communities at home and around the world. 

The WLC Department offers a B.A. in Spanish in addition to minors in Chinese, French, German, Italian Studies, Japanese, and Spanish. Students with AP credit may have already earned credit toward a language minor. 

We hope you’ll embark on the WLC journey with us!  

Cal Poly is in tiłhini, the Place of the Full Moon. We gratefully acknowledge, respect, and thank yak tityu tity yak tiłhini, Northern Chumash Tribe of San Luis Obispo County and Region in whose homelands we are guests.  

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Spring Placement Exam, 2015


The next WLC online Placement Exam for Spanish and French will take place on Thursday, February 2nd at 5:00 pm

This exam must be taken by any student wishing to enroll for the first time at Cal Poly in a Spanish or French course (except true beginners, who must enroll in 101) AND who do not have any previous Cal Poly coursework or transfer/AP credit for that language on their Poly Profile.  

Please note: 

  • Have your EMPL ID# ready (you can access this in your Cal Poly Portal). 
  • You will enter the "waiting room" in Zoom, so please allow for about 5 minutes for the proctor to check you in. 
  • The fee for the online placement exam is $10.00 payable online at the time of the exam by credit card (not your Campus Express account).  
  • You will receive your scores right away.
  • You CANNOT repeat the placement exam after having taken it until the next quarter.


No need to make a reservation. The cost is $10 payable with a credit card.


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