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Modern Language Studies (B.A.)


Modern Language Studies (B.A.**, 40 hours)

The Modern Language Studies major is comprised of four elements: Language Concentration, Study Abroad/Modern Language Studies Core Courses, Modern Language Studies Electives, and Capstone Courses

1. Language Concentrations - Select One 24 hours
24 hours of MFREN at the 3000 and 4000 level.

4 credit hours must be at the 4000 level.


24 hours of MGRMN at the 3000 and 4000 level.
4 credit hours must be at the 4000 level.


24 hours of MSPAN at the 3000 and 4000 level.
4 credit hours must be at the 4000 level.

Other Language  
Select courses in another language, as approved by the Department Chair.  
2. Modern Language Studies Study Abroad and Core Courses

2-3 hours

For all language concentrations, students must complete a study abroad experience (or similar immersive experience approved by the Department of Modern Languages) in the Language of Concentration of an approved host country and program. Students are highly encouraged to complete a semester-long study abroad program.

For information on the many available exchange programs and financial aid and scholarship options, students should talk with the Director of Global Engagement and visit the library of study abroad resources.


In conjunction with the semester abroad, students must also complete:

MLANG 3010 Preparing for Education Abroad

MLANG 3020 Engaging in Study Abroad (or MLANG 3020N or MLANG 2500)

MLANG 3030 Processing the International Experience

2-3 hours
3. Modern Language Studies Electives 10 hours
  • Credits may be earned in any language that is not counted toward the 24 hours of 3000/4000 credit for the Language of Concentration.
  • Credit may be earned in courses taught outside the Modern Language Department that support the study of languages and/or cultures - refer to list of approved courses. Other courses must be pre-approved by the Department Chair.
4. Capstone Courses

3 hours

MLANG 4990 Senior Project

2 hours
MLANG 4980 Senior Capstone 1 hour
Additional Considerations  
  • Majors preparing to teach a modern language should consult the Education Department.

**A Modern Language Studies major customarily earns a B.A. degree. However, if a student has a first major that is associated with a different baccalaureate degree, the Modern Language Studies major may serve as a second major for the degree associated with the first major (B.S., B.FA., B.M., B.S.N.).