"It was a really great way to connect with other people interested in language, and it was fun to live with those same people so we could easily talk outside of class! Coming from a bilingual household, it was nice to live with people who spoke another language as well, even if it wasn’t the same as mine. I’ve also made some really good friends through the program, and had the opportunity to have more personal, engaging interactions with my professors that I probably wouldn’t have had otherwise."
-Emilia, former student
“Finding and exploring common ground through the World Languages Scholars program was helpful in making college a little less scary, facilitating communication with your peers, and forming connections.”
- Maris, former student
Designed for students who are passionate about foreign languages and cultures, the World Languages Scholars (WLS) Program examines the dynamics of language from a variety of regional, disciplinary, and scholarly perspectives. Each semester, students in the program take one course in a foreign language of their choice and one common course. Additionally, in the Fall, students enroll in the LASP Colloquium (one credit) where they learn about the larger interdisciplinary research of faculty and scholars at UVM and beyond.
The fall semester common course examines translation as a powerful vehicle for the sharing of sacred, scientific, artistic, and economic content across communities and cultures, investigating translation controversies concerning the bible, Greek epic, literary classics, modern masterpieces, film, television, digital media, and online content in the age of the internet.
The spring semester common course explores humor, focusing on jokes and laughter, but also other concepts like comedy, irony, satire, ridicule, parody, mockery, scorn, and the ludicrous. Working with different sources (from printed texts to TV series and stand-up comedy), the course examines the linguistic mechanism of humor, its social function, and potential universality.
WLS students have opportunities to share their knowledge about world cultures and language at UVM as well as after they graduate. Housed in the Living/Learning Center, WLS students are in close proximity to the foreign language houses for sophomores and juniors, making for easy engagement in collaborative cultural and educational activities. Indeed, students who complete LASP often go on to create and lead their own themed learning programs in subsequent years. Academically, students in LASP build close relationships with faculty, providing a springboard to explore opportunities in research, internships, and study abroad. After UVM, students with foreign language and cultural expertise go on to travel the world and make a difference globally. Whether working in non-profit, education, the business sector, locally or transnationally, WLS students bring their understanding of world affairs, global cultural flows, and international relations to careers in an increasingly globalizing world.
Past Courses Include:
- Translation Theory & Practice
- Deconstructing Humor
Admission is by application
For further information, contact:
Professor Kyle Ikeda
Meet Kyle (YouTube)
WLS Application Question: WLS is designed for students who are committed to deep study of a foreign language, and who want to build a community around language learning and exploration. Please describe your past experience in studying a foreign language, what language you intend to study at UVM, and why this program is particularly appealing to you.