Foreign Language

Enhance your worldview through foreign language study

The study of other languages can significantly enhance your views of the world and allow you to gain new insights into your own culture and language. A foreign language degree from Missouri Southern State University enables you to acquire communication and critical thinking skills in foreign languages and to become a life-long learner who interacts in multiple ways with the world at home and abroad.

Foreign language degree options

We offer the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in French and Spanish. Minors in Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish are available. A Certificate in Medical Interpretation (Spanish/English) is another option available to prospective students. The Department also offers the Bachelor of Science in Education degree in French and Spanish, with the chosen language as a single teaching field or as one of two teaching fields.

What if I already have foreign language experience?

Please consult the Department of Foreign Languages if you have previous foreign language experience. They can provide guidance about which language course is appropriate for you.

Curriculum and requirements

Our foreign language curriculum is designed to develop your language proficiency and cultural competency. All language majors must demonstrate oral and written proficiency.

  • Discuss requirements related to proficiency examination
  • Study abroad required for foreign language majors
  • A study abroad experience is required for all students pursuing the B.A. or B.S.Ed. degree in French or Spanish.
  • Getting involved

Study abroad opportunities

Study abroad is required for foreign language majors and is open to all foreign language students, regardless of major. Opportunities to study abroad exist through:

  • University-sponsored programs
  • the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)
  • internships

The faculty provide close guidance to students in planning study abroad experiences. Through the Institute of International Studies, you may be eligible for grants and/or scholarships to assist in financing these experiences.

You may also be interested in: English, International Studies, International Business, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Department of Foreign Languages

Dr. Sherman Hou
Department Head, Foreign Languages
Office: Webster Hall, Room 352
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin MO 64801-1595
Phone: 417.625.3106