Experience a new culture. Understand a new language. You’ll learn to do that here.

As international trade and travel become easier and more common each day, there is a growing need for employees who speak multiple languages. Understanding a foreign language in today’s market makes you more marketable and increases your opportunities for employment. 

What You'll Do

Options are available in French and Spanish and include study in the language, history, culture, and politics of a particular area. The study of foreign languages is supported by an interactive classroom setting where students gain fluency in and a greater appreciation of the language and culture they are studying.

  • Interact with knowledgeable faculty in a small class environment.
  • Gain hands-on experience through internships, practica, and fieldwork.
  • Develop valuable career skills, strengthen adaptability, and broaden perspectives with short-term trips or full-term exchanges.

What Can You Do with a Foreign Languages Degree?

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time. 

Employment and Graduate School Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • French Government Teaching Assistantship
  • Florida State University
  • Indiana UniversityBloomington
  • St. Louis University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Missouri
  • Vanderbilt University

Study Abroad Programs

Students can study abroad to further develop their worldview. Possibilities include exchange programs with universities in Ecuador, Germany, Spain, and France and two-week programs in Ecuador, France, and Germany. The cost of these programs is similar to the educational costs at Southeast.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 100%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Communication Studies and Modern Languages report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $52K


    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for interpreters and translators is $52,330.

  • $70K

    Postsecondary Foreign Language and Literature Teacher

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for postsecondary foreign language and literature teachers is $69,920.

  • $59k

    Flight Attendant

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for flight attendants is $59,150.

Foreign Languages (BA) Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree.

What You'll Study

The Foreign Languages curriculum includes 48 hours specific to this major. Students are also expected to complete a minimum of 120 required credits, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Global Cultures & Languages: Foreign Languages Option
(48 Hours – Minor Required)

Required Courses:

  • AN101 Observing Other Cultures (3)
  • AN181 Intro to Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • 9 Hours of Same Foreign Language* (9)
  • PS104 Comparative Political Systems (3)

Choose 3 Hours From:*

  • FR220 French Literature (3)*
  • GN220 German Literature (3)*
  • SN220 Hispanic Literature (3)*

Choose 3 Hours From:*

  • Other Foreign Language (3)
  • GG150 Peoples & Places of the World (3)

*When choosing the Foreign Language or Global Studies option, language taken must match the track that is chosen.

Foreign Languages Option - Choose one Track

French Track

Required Courses:
  • FR010 Language Proficiency Exam: Midpoint (0)
  • FR020 Language Proficiency Exam: Exit (0)
  • French Electives (24)**

German Track

Required Courses:
  • GN010 Language Proficiency Exam: Midpoint (0)
  • GN020 Language Proficiency Exam: Exit (0)
  • German Electives (24)**

Spanish Track

Required Courses:
  • SN010 Language Proficiency Exam: Midpoint (0)
  • SN020 Language Proficiency Exam: Exit (0)
  • Spanish Electives (24)**
**See Department for list of approved electives. 1-16 hours of French, German, or Spanish may be earned through Study Abroad. Contact the Department of Communication Studies and Modern Languages for details.

NOTE: Students are encouraged to study abroad during their junior or senior years. These credits may be applied toward the major electives. Short-term study abroad courses are offered during the wintersession and summer sessions.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year 

Fall Semester (13 Hours) 

  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • AN101 (3) 
  • FR/GN/SN100 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • AN181 (3) 
  • FR/GN/SN120 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Sophomore Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • FR/GN/SN200 (3) 
  • Other Foreign Language or GG150 (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • FR/GN/SN220 (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Junior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • Track Course (3) 
  • Track Course (3) 
  • PS104 (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • Track Course (3) 
  • Track Course (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Senior Year 

Fall Semester (17 Hours) 

  • Track Course (3) 
  • Track Course (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (2) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • FR/GN/SN020 (0) 
  • Track Course (3) 
  • Track Course (3) 
  • Minor Course (3) 
  • Elective (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

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