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Research and Engagement

Through research, publications and community engagement, learning in our department isn’t limited to the classroom. Our faculty and students work together to inspire debate, solve problems and enrich communities. Studying in World Languages and Cultures doesn’t just mean learning about a culture — it means taking part.


Our world-leading faculty engage in world-changing research. Research in World Languages and Cultures helps us understand how people around the world interact, migrate and express themselves. By using creative and cutting-edge techniques, our faculty can stay at the forefront of a constantly evolving field.

Community Involvement

VOLAR students

Our students are out in the field, using and building language and communication skills. We have clubs and organizations for several languages and interests that match students with social and volunteer opportunities around Raleigh.

Our department also coordinates Spanish professional certificates available to anyone in the community — not just NC State students.


Our faculty are leading experts in nearly every area of world languages and cultural studies today, and they are authors of several of the best textbooks in world language education as well as authors of important articles and research in the fields of language change and world literature criticism.

Our publications include A Contracorriente, a journal on Social History and Literature in Latin America, and Dialogues: An Interdisciplinary Journal for English Language Teaching and Research.

Meet the Press

Editorial A Contracorriente

Our department is home to a non-profit press that publishes refereed books on Latin American studies.