Who We Are

Through the study of languages, cultures, and literature, students examine the human experience as an individual and in relation to their local and global community as they prepare for a career. The department encourages travel and study abroad, and faculty are either native speakers of the language they teach or have extensive experience abroad. Our small classes make it easy for students to connect with professors and receive personalized instruction.

What You’ll Learn

We offer concentrations and minors in French, German and Spanish, as well as classes in Portuguese and Cherokee. UNC Asheville already has exchange relationships and associations with universities and cultural institutions in several countries around the world — Colombia, Cuba, France, Germany, Spain, among others. We encourage our students to study abroad. Students also actively participate in our language clubs, service-learning internships, and undergraduate research.


Land Acknowledgement

Place is an integral part of our identities and carries with it our past, present and future. A land acknowledgment is a formal statement that recognizes the indigenous peoples and cultures as stewards of the land on which we and our institutions now reside. View UNCA’s land acknowledgment statement here.

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