Meet the increasing need for multilingual professionals.

Graduates with a proficiency in more than one language pursue careers in business, communications, journalism, government, international relations, travel, education, social work, healthcare and translation. Combined with another major, the dual language degree makes graduates more adaptable and better prepared to meet the challenges of today’s global and diverse job market.


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Bachelor of Science in Modern Language -

Dual Language Emphasis

The Bachelor of Arts in Modern Language, with an Emphasis in Dual Language meets the increasing demand for multilingual professionals. Students interested in pursuing intermediate studies in more than one language may combine the study of any two of the following languages: French, Japanese or Spanish. Coursework focuses on developing language proficiency, intercultural competency and professional skills. Students in the dual-language concentration also benefit from numerous study abroad opportunities to further refine their linguistic and cultural competencies.

Outcomes and Career Outlook

Upon completion of the BA in Modern Language, with an Emphasis in Dual Language, graduates will possess the necessary linguistic and cultural competencies to interact with native speakers in culturally appropriate ways; use the target language in a variety of academic, social and professional situations and have a rich understanding of the target cultures; be able to critically explore their own assumptions, value alternative perspectives and act with cultural sensitivity; meet the challenges of a globalized world and continue developing their skills as lifelong learners.

Employment of translators and interpreters is projected to grow up to 20% through 2029, with a median annual salary of $51,830, according to wage and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and


Median annual salary


Employment growth by 2029

Career Opportunities

  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Health Navigator
  • Immigration Specialist
  • Intercultural Training Consultant
  • International Analyst
  • International Business Coordinator
  • International Travel or Study Coordinator
  • NGO Specialist
  • Translator/Interpreter/Localizer


Plan of study

All majors must meet the general education requirements of the university in addition to completing degree-specific curriculum requirements.

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Student organizations

From leadership, to cultural, to just plain fun, Recognized Student Organizations at UMSL make it easy to get involved. Students who join RSOs make new friends, learn new skills, and perform better in classes. Plus, with over 120 student organizations on campus, there’s something for everyone! You might like:

Honors College

The UMSL Honors College is a certificate program that can be paired with any major without adding extra classes or extending time to graduate. Classes in the Honors College are seminar-style, meaning that they are based in reading, writing, discussion, and critical thinking. This unique class format fosters an intellectual climate centered around democracy, diversity, civility and academic excellence.

Undergraduate research

We encourage and support students as they engage in exciting activities in and outside of the classroom that enrich their academic and professional understanding of their chosen area of study. All majors are encouraged to participate in Undergraduate Research and Scholarship to produce discipline-specific intellectual or creative innovations to their field.