World Languages and Culture

Master of Arts Degrees:



Plan of Study

Discover the courses you'll take as a language or literature major in the Plan of Study.


The study of modern languages broadens career opportunities in many fields and professions, such as medicine, social work, law enforcement, government, translation/ interpretation, business, science, music, art, public relations, communication and education.


Our graduates have found employment with:

Law firms

High schools

International businesses

Armed forces

Medical practices

They have attended graduate school at:

University of Iowa (College of Law)

St. Petersburg University

University of Michigan (Law School)

Syracuse University

Thunderbird School of International Business

Midwestern University (Physician Assistant Program)

Harvard Divinity School

Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University

University of Kansas

Web sites for career exploration

UNI International Programs & Study Abroad Center

Unique Features: 

UNI ranks high on a national list of “master’s-level” universities in terms of the number of students studying abroad. UNI offers numerous international opportunities throughout its academic programs, including language institutes and student teaching.

Programs abroad: Internships

Students, with the assistance of DML faculty, have been able to obtain internships with international companies and organizations, such as Bayer AG, Bundestag (the German Parliament); Stabilo and the Iowa Agricultural Office in Frankfurt, Germany; and Rockwell-Collins in France.

Undergraduate summer programs

  • UNI Institute of Humanities and Fine Arts in St. Petersburg: students complete courses in the Liberal Arts Core and in their major

  • UNI Institute in West Africa: students complete courses in the Liberal Arts Core and in their major

  • Regents Program in France: five weeks of classes in Lyon; students live with host families

  • Iowa Hispanic Institute: five weeks of classes at the University of Valladolid in Spain; students live with host families

  • Iowa Regents Summer Program in Venezuela: six weeks of classes in Merida

Undergraduate semester program

  • UNI Semester in Spain: an advanced-level program at the University of Oviedo; students live with host families

Both summer and semester programs

  • Portugal and Brazil: for students studying Portuguese (contact Dr. Krueger for information)

  • Russia: students studying Russian participate in the ACTR (American Council of Teachers of Russian) exchange in Moscow or St. Petersburg (contact Dr. Maria Basom for information)

Other opportunities

Contact UNI Office of International Programs, Baker 59, 273-6807 or the Study Abroad Office, 273-7652

Graduate summer institutes

  • French Summer Institute (Angers, France)

  • UNISSIST in Spain (Santiago de Compostela)

  • UNISSIST in Mexico (Querétaro)


Lang Hall

Many Modern Language classes take place in Lang Hall. More Information

Baker Hall

Faculty offices in the department are located in Baker Hall. More Information


Student Organizations

Sigma Delta Pi
Student exchange programs in the United States and abroad Student teaching placements in the United States and abroad are available.

Scholarships & Awards: 

There are also scholarships available from the Department of Modern Languages. Graduate assistantships and tuition scholarships are available for graduate students. More information on scholarships is available on the Department of Modern Languages website.

More information on department scholarships can found at Financial Aid.