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The Department of Modern Languages at Ohio University is diverse and vibrant, with faculty, staff, and students from many different countries, cultures, and communities. Modern Languages faculty publish top-level cultural, literary, cinematographic, and pedagogic research relating to a variety of languages, cultures, and time periods. This wide range of expertise means that our courses provide students with a base of knowledge not only in language but, just as importantly, in cultural content so vital for understanding and navigating the world.

Our majors and minors learn to think analytically and critically in courses on literature, culture, linguistics, film, and art, and they acquire clarity of thought and expression through frequent writing assignments and speaking activities. Students enhance their technological skills in our Language Resource Center’s audio, video, and computer labs.

Modern Languages faculty are committed to student advising, and to guiding students through the options of double majors, complementary certificate programs, and elective courses. We limit our class sizes so professors can address the needs of individual learners and encourage dialogue, collaboration, openness, and critical thinking.

To complement course work, student language clubs and national honor societies sponsor events such as weekly conversation meetings and foreign film series. The Department of Modern Languages excels at challenging undergraduate students in a supportive environment where they can thrive and prepare themselves for a successful future.

Our Programs

French major/minor

German major/minor

Spanish major/minor

Foreign Language Education with K-12 licensure in French, German, and Spanish

Italian Certificate Program

Honors Tutorial program in French

Honors Tutorial program in Spanish

Study Abroad

Professors in our department accompany students to destinations around the globe for long-term and short-term programs. During residence abroad, students explore the culture and the language. Through daily life and course work, participants learn about the everyday habits, history, literature, economics, art, political system, and international relations of the region. Students return from study abroad with an expanded perspective on the world, on their country, on their community, and on themselves. Throughout one’s life, critical insight into different societal norms constitutes an invaluable resource for success in personal, professional, social, and civic endeavors.

Our study abroad programs by language:
French: Grennoble, France
German: Salzburg, Austria
Italian: Florence, Italy
Spanish: Toledo, Spain (Spring)
Spanish: Toledo, Spain (Summer)

What do our graduates do?

Modern languages graduates are not limited to a specific career track. The ability to think analytically, communicate clearly, and understand people from diverse cultural backgrounds has served our graduates well in a wide range of professions. Ohio University language majors discover that current job listings call for the types of abilities they have acquired through their liberal arts education: communication skills, analytical skills, interpersonal skills, a capacity for problem solving, and the ability to learn quickly. Many job listings include foreign language proficiency as a desirable or necessary tool.

In consultation with a faculty adviser and with the help of Ohio University Career Services, students approaching graduation can identify companies and organizations offering job opportunities that correspond to the student’s personal interests. When recent graduates can employ their marketable skills in the pursuit of an individual passion, they greatly enhance their chances for success, satisfaction, and lifelong rewards.

Some of our students combine a major in Modern Languages with a secondary discipline such as journalism, political science, education, sociology, or business, and then seek employment in print or broadcast media, government, teaching, social services, or industry. These students possess career-specific skills in addition to general knowledge and language proficiency. Ohio University’s curriculum offers the flexibility necessary to complete a double major in four years.

Many of our majors pursue internships, either in the US or abroad, in which they employ their foreign language skills in professional capacity while earning OU credit. After graduation, many enter MA and PhD programs and go on to academic positions at universities. Others attend law school or medical school.