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Department of Modern Languages

Modern Languages Majors

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 FrenchGerman, or Spanish. This combination of degrees could be a double major or a dual degree.

To declare a modern languages major, please go to 107 Calvin Hall. You can also find information on declaring and/or changing your major at the Academic Career and Information Center. Once you have declared a Modern Languages major, an advisor will be assigned to you. You may request a specific advisor or change your advisor by contacting Angélique Courbou (angeli@ksu.edu).

Double Major or Dual Degree, what's the difference?
  • Double Major refers to two different curricula within the same college. A student may pursue a Double Major in Modern Languages (B.A.) 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. 

  • Dual Degree is a degree from another College combined with one in Arts & Sciences:
    • French/German/Spanish & Business
    • French/German/Spanish & Education
    • French/German/Spanish & Engineering
    • French/German/Spanish & Agriculture


Dual degree seeking BA students must fulfill the requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences listed under Additional Requirements of the BA, including the U.S. Multicultural Overlay (starting Fall 2017), and all the requirements in at least one of the three other required areas (Humanities, Social Science, or Natural Science), and half of the distribution requirements in the remaining two areas. The choice of how these requirements will be met will be made with the approval of an advisor within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Students will choose two areas where they will complete only 50% of the requirements out of the following three categories below:

  • 50% of the Humanities category would be two of the following four:

    • One course from Philosophy (3 credits). Philosophy is REQUIRED, but cannot be a Logic course.
    • One course in the Fine Arts (3 credits).
    • One course in Western Heritage (3 credits).
    • One course in Literary or Rhetorical Arts (3 credits).
  • 50% of the Social Science category would be

    • Two courses, 6 credit hours, from two different disciplines.
  • 50% of the Natural Science category would be

    • 7 credit hours minimum, from two disciplines: Any science course with lab, and one other science course from a different discipline.
Study Abroad, Language Placement Test, and Retroactive Credit

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 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(s) 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. You can apply for retroactive credit in Modern Languages (207 Eisenhower Hall), or electronically.

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.

Major Requirements

Modern Languages Majors Common Requirements (Please consult your advisor for specific details about courses and restrictions):

  • At least three 700-level courses.
  • A grade of “C” or better or a minimum 2.5 GPA is required in all courses counted towards the major.
  • Classes for the major cannot be taken Pass/Fail.
  • Study abroad accepted, retroactive credit accepted. Minimum of two 700-level courses must be completed on campus.
French Major

(curriculum guide)

German Major

(curriculum guide)

Spanish Major
  • Thirty-three credit hours of French courses at and above the 300-level.
  • Two required literature courses: FREN 520 and FREN 521.
  • Thirty-two credit hours of German courses at and above the 300-level.
  • Two required literature courses: GRMN 521 and GRMN 522.
  • Thirty-one credit hours of Spanish courses at and above SPAN 301.
  • One literature course: SPAN 550

The department also offers a major option “with distinction” for French, German, and Spanish. Students seeking this option must:

  • maintain a 3.5 GPA in all courses taken toward the major while they fulfill the requirements.
  • complete 6 credit hours, in addition to the regular major: Two additional courses, one of which must be at the 700 level.