Message to the Students




2018 Fall Semester Graduating Majors and Rising Star Recognition recap




International Week at Georgia College is Oct. 22nd - Oct. 26th. The International Center will host a variety of study abroad workshops and other international events!

Monday, Oct. 22 - International Photo Contest, 5 – 6 p.m. in the library atrium. All are welcome as we unveil the winners. GC students submitted over 50 photos from around the world! Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, Oct. 23 - Passport Fair, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the International Education Center. This event is for anyone who wants to apply for or renew a passport.  See the Frontpage ad for details and to register for an appointment. Attendees must register and prepare application items to attend. This is open to faculty, staff, students, and community! Tell your friends!

Tuesday, Oct. 23 – Study Abroad Funding Workshop, 2-3 p.m. in A&S 275. Learn how you can use federal aid, HOPE, ZELL and other scholarship to make your study abroad dream a reality.

Tuesday, Oct. 23  - Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship Workshop, 3-4 p.m. in A&S 275. This study abroad scholarship is just for Pell Grant recipients. Past GC recipients have received as much as $5000! If you receive the Pell Grant, please come!

Wednesday, Oct. 24 - International Day, 11 – 2, on front campus. Meet GC international students and learn about other cultures. Enjoy music, food, and fashions from around the world and be entertained at the International Talent Show. Hosted by the GC International Club with support of other student groups.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 – Study Abroad Info Table, 10 – 2, at the A&S fountain from 10-2 p.m. Students who went abroad last year can answer your study abroad questions.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 – LGBTQ+ Study Abroad Forum, 4 – 5 PM, at the H.U.B. Any student with LGBTQ+ questions about study abroad should come to this informal session.

For more information on any of these events, email or contact 478-445-4789.




Yvan Alagbe: Making the Invisible Visib​le

  On Thursday, April 12, 2018 French graphic novelist and visual storyteller Yvan Alagbé will give a public lecture at 5 p.m. in the Arts and Sciences auditorium on “Yvan Alagbé: Making the Invisible Visible.” One of the most innovative and provocative comic artists in the world, Alagbé uses stark, black-and-white brushwork to explore topics of love and race, oppression and escape. His latest graphic novel, “Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures,” was featured in a recent New York Times article.




The latest issue of The Poetry Review published by The Poetry Society of London has arrived. It includes two translations by Louis Bourne, Professor Emeritus of World Languages and Cultures, of poems by Cuban Poet Juan Nicolás Padrón who gave a poetry reading at GCSU on November 18, 2015. Padrón's metaphysical poems deal with the discomfort of being, the strangeness of existing with life's paradoxes. 


A huge shout-out of Congratulations to Florrie McCard, French Major! We are excited to share with you that Florrie’s Oral abstract submission, "En Marche: Aristotelian Analysis of Emmanuel Macron's Tweets" was selected out of 4,000 submissions for presentation at NCUR 2018 at the University of Central Oklahoma.  She will present her work to her peers, faculty, and staff from all over the nation. 


Congratulations to our very own Sofia Papa, a semi-finalist for this year’s Fulbright Scholarship! Thanks to all who supported her scholarly endeavors and beyond while she was one of our majors.



WLC T-Shirt Contest Winner

The World Languages and Cultures Department sponsored a T-Shirt design contest.  We would like to congratulate Dalton Skaggs for submitting a fantastic T-Shirt design. Presenting Dalton with a $50 gift card from the GCSU bookstore is Dr. Hedwig Fraunhofer and Mrs. Marlene McMichael.


WLC Fall 2017 Graduating Majors and "Rising Stars" Reception

On Thursday, November 30, 2017 we held a reception for our graduating Majors to honor their achievement. We also invited our highest achieving students in lower division classes, to honor their achievements and share future possibilities in language studies with them.





Dr. Brantley Nicholson's article has been published in the Cincinnati Romance Review, Fall 2017 edition: "Que viva la música's Sustained Prescience: Reading Andrés Caicedo's Anti-Bildungsroman Four Decades Later". The article is co-written by Brantley Nicholson and Camilo Hernandez Castellanos.

Dr. Nicholson has also published a book review:  "Abstractions of Privilege, a review of Arthur Rose’s Literary Cynics: Borges, Beckett, Coetzee," in a Contracorriente, Fall 2017.

Congratulations to Dr. Brantley Nicholson for your publications!

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We are proud to announce that two of our majors presented at the Georgia Undergraduate Regional Conference that was held at Georgia College and State University.  Please congratulate them on a job well done!

- "Artaud, Marat/Sade and Materialism" by Caitlyn Williams (Mentor: Hedwig Fraunhofer).

- "How Personalities Influence Political Decisions and How We Respond" by Rebecca Winslow (Mentor: Brantley Nicholson)


A Message to the Students

The Department of World Languages and Cultures would like to welcome you to Georgia College and State University.  Whether you are considering a career in law, international business, government, film, public relations, advertising, health care, journalism, teaching . . . etc., we would like to suggest that a major/double major or minor in a world language will positively enhance your career options when you graduate.  Across the USA thousands of students apply for admission to graduate or professional school and there is perhaps no better way of catching the eye of graduate admission counselors than doing a major/double-major or minor in a world language.

The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers a One Degree with concentrations in both French and Spanish. Once you determine the language, you then have your choice to further concentrate your degree with French/Spanish for the Professions; French/Spanish Literature and Culture Studies; or a major concentration of French/Spanish and a minor in French/Spanish.

World Languages and Cultures students can also take advantage of an array of study abroad opportunities with semester long programs. Our study abroad programs provide students with exciting professional opportunities.  Future employers look favorably upon prospective applicants with a world language degree because they are the best prepared to enter an ever increasing global work force.


Why Study Foreign Languages?

Competitiveness in the Job Market – Being fluent in another language not only looks great on a resume, putting you two steps ahead of your competition, but also opens doors to employment opportunities that require some skill with a foreign language. Employers will view you as a very important contributor to the success of their business, especially on an international scale.  Bilingual employees are favored in a variety of professions ranging from health care and social work to education and law.

 Jobs in other Countries – Many students have a desire to travel and work when they graduate from college.  Some travel and find jobs teaching English temporarily. There are many opportunities for careers   abroad working for several international organizations.

 Educational Requirement – In the modern world of education, all major universities require students to complete at least a year’s worth of study in a foreign language to enhance their educational experience.   Administrators have long recognized the language to enhance their educational experience. Administrators have long recognized the value of expanded views that include knowledge of foreign cultures as well   as languages.

Graduate School – Some graduate schools require a higher level of proficiency in a foreign language in order to be admitted into certain programs such as comparative literature and music studies.

Personal Enjoyment – The very first time you are able to carry on a real conversation in a new language you get a great sense of achievement and satisfaction. Learning about the unique traditions and interesting parts of a new culture is exciting and fun.  Also, studying a new language will open your mind to new ideas and broader points of view. So, Try It!!


Alumni Corner


        French Teacher    

        French Major

        2015 GCSU Graduate

"My French major has so enriched my life, not only through the tight knit French program, but after as I've made so many international friends and have been to so many incredible places! Worth every minute!"  Jen Hill Pratt



        French Major

        English Major

        2012 GCSU Graduate

"Deciding to major in French was quite possibly the best decision I have made for myself. The doors it has opened and the opportunities that I've been able to take because of my degree, have enriched my life more than I could have imagined!"  Emily Barkelew


SCAD Admissions

French Major

History Major

2015 GCSU Graduate

"My French Major has opened doors for me both here and abroad. I've gone on to teach English to French children and now work at SCAD where I get to travel abroad and recruit European students. Dream jobs do exist and my French major helped me find it." Alexia Lemaigre


World Languages Brochure




Department of World Languages and Cultures
317 Beeson  |  Campus Box 46
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-4415
Fax: (478) 445-0959