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About the Modern Languages Degree Program

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Modern language majors develop a deeper understanding of foreign cultures through the study of languages, linguistics, literatures and civilizations. You will be given the background necessary to expand your awareness of the interconnectedness of today’s world. The immersion in a variety of experiences will sharpen your sensitivity and increase your appreciation of a world view different from your own. UNK offers a variety of summer and semester study abroad programs to accelerate your language study while being immersed in the culture at your preferred destination.

Reasons to major in modern languages at UNK

Be a 21st century global graduate with a degree in Modern Language. Our majors are well equipped to be difference makers.

  • Communication: we are confident navigators in an ever-growing linguistically diverse world.
  • Community: we create meaningful relationships with our non- English-speaking neighbors, at home and abroad.
  • Culture: Discover film, music, literature and art.
  • Careers: Today’s companies are international. Language knowledge provides us with a competitive edge in a crowded job market.
  • Boost your brain: Learning a second language alters your cognitive abilities. You acquire skills and qualities that are useful and marketable no matter what you do: memorization, reading and writing skills; ability to analyze, evaluate and communicate with anyone; experience and adapt to unfamiliar environments and situations and ability for critical thinking.


*The bureau of labor statistics consistently projects great growth in this career.

Career Opportunities With This Degree

With its emphases on research, writing and creative and analytical thought, the Modern Language Major and each individual language emphasis area prepares students for graduate studies in their language of choice and most professional schools, including law, business, and education, and medicine, and for work in professions such as law, teaching, business, management, and publishing.

Many Modern Language majors  combine their studies with other areas to prepare for career opportunities in international business, government, travel or communications, where knowledge of a foreign language and of foreign cultures is essential.

Pablo Morales-Garcia

"When I visited UNK, I immediately fell in love with the campus, and I knew I would feel right at home here. Faculty and advisors were super nice and eager to answer my questions. They provided me with a unique first experience on campus."

Pablo Morales-Garcia