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School of Languages, Cultures, and Race College of Arts and Sciences

Foreign Languages & Cultures

Bachelor of Arts

Foreign languages and cultures is the study of languages other than English and the cultures where these languages are spoken. Studying a foreign language allows for direct access to people and cultures other than one’s own and furthers the development of global understanding and sensitivity. Proficiency in a foreign language is an important tool in a broad variety of professions.

Customize your degree with a focus in one of these areas:

Professional second major

A second major in French, German, Japanese, or Spanish language can be combined with a primary major in any other academic area to expand your language skills and increase your global opportunities.

Language and culture minors and certificates

Things to know:

  • Students placing at 200 or 300 level courses may receive up to 8 departmental advanced placement credits for prior level courses, if the credits have not already been earned through AP or transfer.
  • Students may complete up to 12 credits a semester or 18 credits for two semesters in a study abroad program to count as coursework in their language majors.
  • Advising for international area studies is an option.
  • Scholarships are offered annually for new and ongoing students and for study abroad opportunities.

B.A. certification requirements

  • 24 completed semester credits
  • 2.0 minimum grade point average

Core courses

  • 204: Fourth Semester Language
  • 306: Intermediate Reading and Translation
  • 307: Intermediate Speaking and Listening
  • 308: Intermediate Grammar and Writing

Math requirement

Any UCORE [QUAN] course, most commonly:

  • Finance 223: Personal Finance
  • Math 105: Exploring Mathematics
  • Math 212: Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • Philosophy 201: Elementary Logic


Laurie Heustis
Daggy Hall 212


Career Possibilities

  • Public relations/marketing/advertising
  • International business, banking, finance
  • Travel/tourism/hospitality
  • Law enforcement
  • Health and social services
  • Publishing/editing/journalism
  • Translation and interpretation
  • Customs and immigration
  • Customer service and personnel management
  • Education/teaching
  • Science, engineering, and technology
  • Music, film, drama, photography
  • Apparel and Merchandising