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B.A. in Modern Languages

The Department of Language and Cultural Studies offers a major in Modern Languages with a concentration in French, Japanese, or Spanish as well as a Dual Language Professional Track.

Our program provides you with strong language, cultural, and professional skills and gives you an edge in today’s competitive job market. Through classes, workshops, experiential learning, and a close-knit learning community, you will learn to interpret information derived from a variety of authentic sources, think critically and creatively, and communicate effectively and connect with people from cultures around the world.

For more information about the benefits of majoring in a modern language, we invite you to read the Modern Language Association’s Language Study in the Age of Globalization.

For inquiries about the major, please contact Department Chair, Sandra Trapani at trapani@umsl.edu.

For a B.A. in Modern Languages, you must successfully complete FL 2100 Languages and World View, and meet the departmental requirements in the following concentrations:


To obtain a teaching certificate, you must also take FGN LANG 4589 (same as SEC ED 4589), Curriculum and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages, FGN LANG 4590 (same as SEC ED 4590), Foreign Language Teaching Seminar, and fulfill the professional secondary education requirements of the College of Education.

Transfer students majoring in one of the modern languages must complete at UMSL a minimum of 12 graded hours in language courses at the 3000 level or above with a grade point average of 2.0 or better in these courses.
Native and Heritage Speakers should refer to the Native and Heritage Speakers page for additional details on this degree path.