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Language Minors

The Department of Language and Cultural Studies offers minors in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Regardless of your major field of study, completing a minor in a modern language will complement your degree and greatly enhance your marketability. 

Our students have combined language study with majors such as biology, business, chemistry, computer sciences, history, international studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, and many other fields.

Course Requirements

For a language minor, you must successfully complete the basic introductory sequence (1001, 1002, and 2101) and meet the departmental requirements in the following concentrations:



Certificates



Students seeking the Language Certificate must complete at least two intermediate-level language courses at UMSL and a minimum of two additional three-credit hour courses taught in the target language at a foreign university affiliated with the UMSL study abroad program. The Center for International Studies and the Department of Language and Cultural Studies cooperate in offering the Certificate.

First and second year Japanese or Chinese, independent study course with research paper, one required course in three of the following areas: anthropology, art and art history, business administration, languages and cultural studies (Chinese or Japanese), history, music, philosophy, political science, social work.

13 credit hours in Spanish; History 1051 or History 1052, or Spanish 3211; independent study course with research paper; and four approved courses from at least three of the following areas: anthropology, history, political science, Spanish.

Four semesters of a modern European language, History 1032, independent study course with research paper, one approved course in four of the following areas: anthropology, art and art history, business administration, English, history, language and cultural studies, music, philosophy, political science.

Minor in Classical Studies

The minor in Classical Studies is an interdisciplinary course of studies intended to encourage undergraduates in various disciplines to come to a fuller awareness of the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome and of the classical tradition that underlies much of modern Western civilization. Specific requirements for the minor, please visit Interdisciplinary Programs.

For more information about our minors and certificates, please contact Department Chair, Sandra Trapani, at trapani@umsl.edu.