Thousands of K-State students recognize the value of combining a degree in agriculture, engineering, architecture, physics, journalism and many other fields with a foreign language to enhance their career plans. To that end, Modern Languages offers three different BA programs in: French, German, and Spanish. This combination of degrees could be a double major or a dual degree:
- A double major is a student pursuing two different degrees in the same college, and will only receive one degree. A student may pursue a Double Major in Modern Languages (B.A.) in French, German, or Spanish, and another major B.A. or B.S. [for example, History or Math] within the College of Arts & Sciences by completing requirements in two separate programs within the College. The student must complete all course requirements for each major.
- A dual degree is a student pursuing two different degrees in two different colleges, and will receive two degrees. For example, a student may pursue a Dual Degree in Modern Languages (in French, German, or Spanish) with a degree in Agriculture, Architecture, Business, Education, Engineering, or Human Ecology. Some Arts & Sciences requirements are waived so that students can graduate with both degrees without adding extra semesters to graduate. For details about Dual Degrees requirements, please consult your Modern Languages advisor.
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 faculty led 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. Retroactive credit from KSU applies may toward the minor or major.
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.