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Department of Modern Languages

Languages & Programs

Thousands of K-State students recognize the benefits of combining a degree in agriculture, engineering, architecture, physics, journalism and many other fields with a foreign language to enhance their career plans.

Modern Languages offers courses and programs in: Arabic, Chinese, Classical Studies (Latin & Greek), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Spanish Translation, as well as Secondary Majors.

Our department recommends students study abroad in order to enhance their minor or major. Students are advised to consult with the department regarding applicability of courses taken abroad to their major. Students interested in preparing for graduate school or for high school teaching should be aware of the corollary courses in linguistics and phonetics. Six hours of history of the country of the student's major language are desirable. The department sponsors summer study programs in France, Germany, Mexico, and Spain. In addition, students may choose to participate in other programs, such as the International Student Exchange Program, or Community Service Programs. For more information about study abroad opportunity, please check our study abroad page.

Entering students who have had previous language experience and who plan to continue language study are required to take a language placement examination before or at the beginning of the first semester of language study. Students wishing to acquire credit for language proficiency gained before coming to K-State should contact the Department of Modern Languages.

Students testing into a higher level and successfully completing the course with a "C" or better, will receive retroactive credit for the preceding course for FREE, on a "take one class/ receive credit for one class" basis, thus completing your language course sequence quicker.

The department offers scholarships to undergraduate majors and double majors for study at K-State or study abroad programs. For details, contact the head of the Department of Modern Languages.

Secondary Majors

We also encourage students to consider secondary majors in International Studies or Latin American Studies or a minor in East Asian Studies, or work in African Studies, to complement their curriculum. For information about these programs, please contact Dr. Robert Clark (rclark@ksu.edu), Professor of French, Modern Languages, and Director, International and Area StudiesCollege of Arts & Sciences, or the program director in other area studies that interest you [David Graff (dgraff@ksu.edu)for East Asian Studies, or the leaders in African Studies].

Dr. Laura Kanost
Associate Professor of Spanish, Director of Undergraduate Studies
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E-mail: lakanost@k-state.edu