Department of World Languages

WVU announces final recommendations from first four appeals hearings

BY: - August 29, 2023

The West Virginia University Office of the Provost announced final recommendations from the first four appeals hearings on Tuesday. On Aug. 10, the university announced that 32 programs were recommended for elimination as university leaders try to make up for a $45 million budget shortfall. Faculty had the opportunity to appeal the preliminary recommendations. The […]

‘People are scared and you can feel it.’ WVU students face an uncertain future as school starts

BY: - August 21, 2023

As West Virginia University students were moving into their dorms and apartments to start the fall semester, news broke that dozens of the university’s academic programs had been marked for discontinuation. The pending changes, which include faculty jobs, are in an effort to reverse the university’s financial crisis.  Felicia Carrara, 19, didn’t expect to learn […]


Into nothingness — ‘Learning a second language can give you a second identity’ 

BY: - August 16, 2023

“Was bei Jupiter soll das bedeuten!?” Translated, “What in Jupiter’s name is the meaning of this?”  It was my first line on stage. I was playing the great Roman Field Marshal Lukullus, and I had just entered the afterlife to await my Final Judgment. The play was “The Trial of Lukullus” by the German playwright […]

A red brick building with a clock tower in the center sit behind a gold sign that says "home" with the "o" replaced with West Virginia University's Flying WV logo.

‘My colleagues and I are still in shock.’ 32 majors marked for elimination at WVU

BY: - August 11, 2023

West Virginia University leaders have recommended discontinuing 32 of its majors at its Morgantown campus as the school is feverishly working to make up for a multi-million budget shortfall.  The preliminary recommendations, released Friday afternoon, said 12 of those programs are undergraduate majors and 20 are graduate-level majors. Other programs were told to reduce their […]