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Department of Modern Languages

Languages & Programs

Students in the Kansas State University Department of Modern Languages develop culturally informed language skills to engage with communities at home and abroad. Many students tailor their studies to fit their unique interests by combining a language program with another major.

Entering students who have had previous language experience and who plan to continue language study are required to take a language placement examination before enrolling. Students testing into a higher level and successfully completing the course with a grade of "C" or better, will receive free retroactive credit for the preceding course. 

Our department recommends studentsstudy abroad. Students are advised to consult with the department regarding applicability of courses taken abroad to their major or minor.  The department sponsors faculty-led programs in France, Germany, Costa Rica , and Spain.

The department offers scholarships to undergraduate majors for study at K-State or abroad.

Learning a foreign language in its cultural context improves cognitive and communicative abilities, and helps students learn to collaborate in diverse groups and adapt to differing worldviews. Our graduates pursue careers in fields such as education, international business, hospitality, agriculture, social services, health care, communication, or continue their studies at the graduate level.

The Department of Modern Languages is the university's cultural crossroads with programs and courses in ten languages to enhance your future career. Use the left menu to get the details for each language regarding degrees/programs offered and requirements.

  • Language study in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian and Spanish;

  • Eight minors in Chinese, Classics, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Spanish Translation;

  • Bachelor's programs in French, German, and Spanish;

  • Master's degrees in French, German, Spanish and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL);

  • Secondary majors and Certificates: Secondary majors in International and Area Studies or Latin American Studies are available to complement students’ curriculum, as well as a minor in East Asian Studies, or work in African Studies, and an International Business Certificate.