Language Minors

The Department of Language and Cultural Studies offers minors in French, 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:


Required Course Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisites
Japanese 2102  Intermediate Japanese II 5 2101
Japanese 3201 Intermediate Japanese III  4 2102
Japanese 3202  Intermediate Japanese IV 4 3201
Japanese Studies Course   3  


  • A minor in Japanese requires 16 credit hours after completing Japanese 2101.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
  • Transfer students must complete at least two courses in residence at UMSL.
  • Upon completion of minor requirements, submit completed application to department advisor.
  • Students must also process the Declaration of Major/Minor form through the A&S Dean’s Office.
  • Minor is officially recorded on transcript at the time of graduation.