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Broadening the Intellectual and Cultural Horizons of Students

Foreign Language study is central to the mission of The University of Memphis to educate its students for a diverse and global society. With today's levels of foreign trade, tourism, international business, and international relations, knowledge of other languages and an understanding of other cultures is a must. Our Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers not only basic language instruction, but also offers advanced work in foreign literatures, linguistics, culture, civilization, and business.

Which languages can you study here?

You have a choice of eleven! Instruction is offered in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Students may complete a major with a single-language concentration in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, or Spanish, or a two or three-language concentration combining any of the following: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

You can also create a minor in a particular language to enhance a major in such fields as Political Science, Business, History, Anthropology, Art History, English, and International Studies—among others! Check our four-year plans here.

What other opportunities can you enjoy in the University of Memphis Department of Foreign Languages?

  • Study Abroad: Semester, full-year and summer abroad programs for academic credit
  • Language Media Center
  • Weekly foreign language conversation tables
  • Language clubs and international film festivals
  • Award-winning teaching and research faculty, many of them native speakers
  • Assisting with the annual language fair competition for high school students
  • Excellent preparation for an International MBA degree here or elsewhere
  • Eligibility for the Mary Pettus Thomas Scholarship for foreign language majors
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    Assistant Professor of Japanese: The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at The University of Memphis invites applications for a tenure-track position in the field of Japanese language beginning August 2016 pending availability of funds. Ph.D. in Japanese language or related field in hand by time of appointment. Native or near-native proficiency in Japanese and English required.
    Specialization in one or more of these fields: Japanese language pedagogy, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics. Interest in integration of language study and interdisciplinary study such as Japanese culture including pop culture, Japanese performing arts, international business, and community-based/ service learning programs are highly desired. Use of technology in classroom teaching and familiarity with current language pedagogy required. Strong promise of research output in the field and commitment to teaching as demonstrated by student and supervisor evaluations. Duties will include teaching at all levels both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
    Applicants must upload a cover letter indicating their teaching skills/philosophy, current CV, unofficial transcript, the email addresses for three references whom you have contacted to submit letters of recommendation, and recent student and supervisor evaluations (2014-2015) at http://workforum.memphis.edu. Deadline for submission of all documents is December 23, 2015. If you require additional information, please contact Professor Yuki Matsuda at ymatsuda@memphis.edu. The University of Memphis, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We urge all qualified applicants to apply for this position. Appointment will be based on qualifications as they relate to position requirements without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability or veteran status.