The Department of Modern Languages offers advanced study in French, Chinese, German, Greek, Spanish, Hebrew, Japanese, and Latin, as well as a program in International Studies and a program in Foreign Language and International Trade. Whatever program of study you choose, you will experience in-depth exposure to a culture, language, and literature other than your own. You will also develop the skills and knowledge to read, understand, and communicate effectively in your second language. Meanwhile, courses in business, politics, and history will place language and cultural understanding all within context.
All students in the Department of Modern Languages are encouraged to spend at least one semester studying abroad. Study abroad offers the opportunity to elevate language skills to a new level, by interacting with native speakers in their own culture.
Choose Your Focus
Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language and International Trade
For students aiming to enter the global business arena, this curriculum includes 36 credit hours in a modern language, along with 18 credit hours of business courses.
Bachelor of Arts in French
To complete the major in French, students must complete 24 credit hours of French courses above the 202 level.
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
This comprehensive degree will educate the student on the various aspects of foreign cultures. The curriculum includes 18 credit hours in the same modern language, along with 30 credit hours in international studies. One semester of study abroad is also required.
Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages
The degree in Modern Languages requires 21 credit hours in one language and 15 credit hours in a second language. This degree combines the study of two foreign languages, plus coursework within international studies.
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
The curriculum includes 18 credit hours in the same modern language, along with 30 credit hours in international studies.
TESOL/ELL Certificate Program
This interdisciplinary program includes courses in linguistics, culture, communication, and teacher education, drawing on the resources of several departments. The curriculum is designed to help students develop the unique skills needed to teach English as a second language.
The MC Experience
The Department of Modern Languages offers students a doorway into a world beyond their own. Language brings with it the potential to transform communities and lives. Successful students find themselves better able to communicate across cultures and break down traditional barriers, enabling them to make a bigger impact in the business world or serve those in need through international mission work. The Department of Modern Languages also offers study in classical languages, giving students a look into the worlds of ancient Greece and Rome.
How You’ll Learn
Develop your fluency with state-of-the-art digital media in the Gowin Language Lab, a complete language learning center that makes language acquisition a little easier.
Take advantage of exchange programs with Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany; Federal University of Paraiba in Joao Pessoa, Brazil; and Montpellier University II in Montpellier, France. Study abroad at The British Studies Consortium; the Austrian Studies Program at Salzburg College, Austria; the University of Alicante, Spain; or Veritus University in Costa Rica. Or, sign up for our summer programs in France or Spain.
Language classes are taught by native speakers, giving students the edge when they begin testing out their language skills abroad.
Small classes offer more one-on-one attention from instructors and gives each student more opportunities to participate in the discussion.
Modern Languages students also gain real-world experience through internship programs. Our students have taught English in France, utilized their language and business skills overseas, interned with the Mississippi Development Authority, and worked with local businesses.
What You’ll Do
Participate in Iota Lambda Delta, our student chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma, the honorary foreign language society for high-performing students.
Where You’ll Go
Our recent graduates are pursuing additional study at the University of Alabama, the University of Mississippi, University of Alabama, University of Mississippi, St. Andrews University, Louisiana State University, and Auburn University; others are attending graduate school internationally in Germany and China. Some are teaching, helping others learn second languages. One works at Univision Network in Miami; another is employed by the FBI in Washington, DC. Others are serving Christ through international mission work.
Stephanie Coker is a Professor at the University of Mississippi. Katrina Taylor Pace has lived and worked abroad and currently teaches in MC’s School of Business. Other alums are involved in international missions. Adam Murray is employed with the Mississippi Development Authority.