Languages across the Curriculum

The Languages across the Curriculum (LAC) program offers students the opportunity to use world languages in a variety of courses outside the departments of languages and literatures. The program aims to promote a full understanding of world regions while demonstrating the relevance of practical language skills across the disciplines. Participation in LAC enables students to

  1. communicate in the target language about course topics,
  2. explore how course topics relate to world regions that speak the target language,
  3. consider course topics from the perspective of individuals who represent the target language or culture, and
  4. use the target language to conduct course research.

Administratively housed in the Center for European Studies, the LAC program receives support from the College of Arts and Sciences and from seven international and area studies centers: 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 Carolina Asia Center.

Since spring 1996, the LAC program has offered course options in nine languages—Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, and Turkish—for more than 60 different courses in 24 disciplines. Students who enroll in LAC recitation or discussion sections are eligible to receive one graded hour of foreign language credit. For enrollment instructions, semester course lists, and additional information, visit areastudies.unc.edu/lac.