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Modern Languages Morgan Hall, Room 350, 1700 SW College Ave., Topeka, KS, 66621 785.670.1714

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Programs Offered Through the Modern Languages Department

To Explore: Non-Degree Languages and Minors 

We offer Chinese and Japanese introductory courses, as well as minors in International Studies, International Business, and Latino Studies. Click the "Additional Languages and Minors" menu link to learn more.

To Teach: Teaching Licensure Programs

The Modern Languages department coordinates with the Education department to prepare students to meet state certification requirements for teaching grades P-12, including the content-area Praxis exam required for foreign language teaching licensure. Students planning to teach must be formally admitted to the University’s Professional Teacher Education Program and will follow a plan of study specific to that program. For additional information about application to the Education program, please refer to the Education Department's Teaching Licensure page.

To Major: Requirements for a B.A. in a Foreign Language

French, German, or Spanish Majors are possible through the Modern Languages department - click on the menu links to the left to learn about specific program offerings. Information on Minors is also available there.

Students who plan to major in a foreign language are encouraged to begin their language studies as soon as they enter Washburn University and should continue to enroll in at least one language course each semester until graduation. Learning a foreign language is a cumulative process and any period of time away from the language is highly detrimental to developing and maintaining necessary skills in the language.

General Education Requirements: 35 Credit Hours (See list of acceptable courses in the university catalog.)

University Requirements (11 Credit Hours)

  • EN101  Freshman Composition (3 hours)
  • EN300  Junior Composition (3 hours)
  • WU101  The Washburn Experience (3 hours)                    
  • MA112  Essential Mathematics OR MA 116 College Algebra (3 credit hours with “C” or better)

General Education:  See University Catalog for specific details

  • 15 credit hours in Arts and Humanities with minimum of 3 credit hours in Art, Music or Theater
  • 12 credit hours in Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • 15 credit hours in Social Sciences

In order to major in a foreign language, a student must complete 30 hours of coursework beyond the 100 level.  101 classes will count as part of the total number of hours needed for graduation; 102 fulfills a General Education requirement in the Humanities.  The following courses are required:

  • FR/GE/SP 311 - Grammar Review
  • FR/GE/SP 312 - FR/GE/SP Composition
  • FR/GE/SP 331 - Introduction to FR/GE/SP Literature
  • FR/GE/SP 400 - Senior Thesis (includes portfolio submission, see below)

+3 hours of upper division coursework must be completed (300 level +)

+9 hours of Correlated Courses must also be completed -- These courses are intended to complement and broaden your language classes.  They are selected in consultation with your advisor.  A suggested list is available in the Modern Languages office (MO375).

All coursework for the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Portfolio:  All language majors are required to present a portfolio after the 202 level course. They are then required to keep updating their portfolio which is turned in as part of their grade in FR 400 course before graduation. This has the advantage of giving the department an initial assessment as well as an outcome assessment.

Study Abroad Option: Some of the hours required to complete the major can be earned through the study abroad program.  The department strongly recommends study for a period of time in a country where the foreign language is spoken as a component of the student’s preparation for the major. We offer summer, semester, or year-long programs.  Substantial scholarships for study abroad are available each year from the department and the International Education Committee.  Deadline for scholarship application is February 15th of each year.

The Washburn Transformational Experience is no longer required for graduation, but is highly recommended for language majors since Study Abroad is one method of fulfilling a WTE.  See the University Catalog for details.