Languages across the Curriculum (LAC) integrates the use of world languages into courses outside the departments of languages and literatures. By giving undergraduates from various disciplines the opportunity to employ their language proficiency and cultural knowledge in a variety of academic contexts, LAC helps promote valuable research skills while strengthening international and area studies instruction. The program is currently funded by the College of Arts and Sciences and by United States Department of Education Title VI grants to the Center for European Studies, the Center for Global Initiatives, the African Studies Center, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, and the UNC Center for International Business Education and Research. The Center for European Studies serves as the administrative home of LAC.
Since spring 1996, the LAC program has offered course options (discussion sections, combined discussion sections, independent seminars, and research components) in nine languages—Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, and Turkish—for more than 55 different courses spanning 24 disciplines. Students who participate in LAC discussion sections or combined discussion sections are eligible to receive one optional hour of foreign language credit.
For enrollment instructions, semester course lists, and additional information, visit the UNC Global Area Studies Centers website.