In today’s increasingly interdependent world, the ability to speak a second language is an extremely valuable skill. The foreign language program at the University of Idaho blends the study of language, literature and culture with experiences abroad to prepare you to compete in this rapidly changing global economy. Your advanced proficiency in a foreign language and your heightened cultural understanding will greatly enhance your marketability and open doors to opportunities in education, business, government, legal advocacy, journalism, tourism, agriculture, health care and other fields.
The Department of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Foreign Language with major options in:
- Foreign language/business (combines a basic core of business courses with a major in French, German or Spanish)
The department also offers courses in:
The department has a collaboration agreement with Washington State University, which allows students to take courses in:
Nearly 80 percent of foreign language graduates earn a double degree in both foreign language and a second degree program related to a particular career or academic interest. Common double majors include international studies, history, political science, English, journalism, public relations and justice studies.
As a foreign language major, you will master the ability to understand, speak, read and write at least one language other than English. Through courses exploring language, literature, cultural history and international film, you will develop advanced linguistic skills as well as a strong liberal arts background. Small class sizes ensure personal attention from the department’s top faculty members.
Experiences gained through studying abroad are an integral part of the foreign language program. Students are required to spend a semester or longer studying in another country.
You’ll also have opportunities to practice your language skills in our modern Interactive Language Center, which features the latest learning technologies.