Experience with world cultures makes our students more adaptable and better prepared to meet the challenges of a global and increasingly diverse job market.
Language and Cultural Studies at UMSL allows students to pursue an education in language with internationally-recognized faculty experts committed to each individual student’s success. The Language and Cultural Studies faculty at UMSL is dedicated to teaching excellence, and our faculty members have either native or near-native proficiency as well as advanced degrees in the languages they teach.
An education in Language and Cultural Studies from UMSL enables you to join a community of global citizens in an international setting. You will have the incomparable opportunity to see the world, both in your classroom and while working or studying abroad.
Students earn a bachelor of arts in modern languages and earn a concentration in the following emphasis areas:
We are dedicated to helping a diverse student population acquire the linguistic and cultural competence required of informed global citizens. We support the use of innovative technologies in language learning and provide students with a broad range of opportunities to build language proficiency both in and beyond the classroom, including study abroad. Our department also promotes the professional development of language faculty in order to foster a learning environment that benefits from the latest research in second language acquisition and pedagogy.
Language and Cultural Studies offers course work in French, German, Japanese and Spanish, leading to the B.A. in Modern Language degree, and a field of concentration in each of these languages for students seeking the B.S. degree in education. In addition, the program offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, Latin, and English for Academic Purposes. Beginning level French and Spanish courses are offered both during the day and evening. The Intensive French language program is offered during the summer. Students can satisfy the thirteen (13) credit hour foreign language requirement in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, or Spanish.
The University of Missouri–St. Louis is the largest public research university located in Missouri's most populous and economically important region. Founded in 1963, we enroll nearly 17,000 students, and we are home to more than 1,400 faculty members.