Aug 14, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Modern Languages

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Watson - Interim Chair, Coffman, Galve-Rivera, Holt, Liso, and Smith
Webster Hall • 417-625-3125


The Department of Modern Languages aims to develop the language and cultural competency of students who learn to navigate effectively cross-cultural situations at home, in the workplace, and abroad. Our faculty offer a quality education in Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish languages and cultures. Our students are given a variety of opportunities and resources to reach their fullest potential as citizens of a global community. Our goal is to help you reach yours.

The Department of Modern Languages offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in French or Spanish.

A certificate in Language Competency with the goal of workforce readiness is available Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish.

Minors in Chinese and Japanese are available as well.

A Certificate in Medical Interpretation (Spanish/English) is another option available to students.

The Department also offers the Bachelor of Science in Education degree in French and/or Spanish. All modern language majors must demonstrate proficiencies in reading, writing, listening, speaking and cultural protocols in the language of study

For the Bachelor of Arts and for the Bachelor of Sciences in Education degrees, there is an immersion experience requirement. Opportunities for such programs exist through University-sponsored programs, through the University’s membership in the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) and through departmentally-approved internships. The faculty provides close guidance to students in planning such experiences. Through the Institute of International Studies, students may be eligible for grants and/or scholarships to assist in financing these experiences abroad.

Immersion programs are open to all students, regardless of major and are also available in Chinese and Japanese.

Students with previous foreign language experience (academic and/or life experience) should consult the Department of Modern Languages for current policies on placement in the proper course for their respective chosen language. Students with no prior experience in a foreign language should enroll in a 100-level course.

Students who have taken the assessment for the Seal of Biliteracy should contact the department.

For additional information on Modern Languages contact:

Webster Hall 343 • 417-625-9667 •


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      ChineseFrenchJapaneseModern Languages (Misc)Spanish

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