Broadening the Intellectual and Cultural Horizons of Students

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 World 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 large choice! Instruction is offered in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. We have also started offering Korean recently under the LALI heading.  Students may complete a major with a single-language concentration in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish, or a two or three-language concentration combining any of the following: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, 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!

What other opportunities can you enjoy in the UofM Department of World Languages and Literatures?

  • Study Abroad: Semester, full-year and summer abroad programs for academic credit
  • Language Media Center (Jones 220)
  • Weekly 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
  • Student Ambassador Program
  • Eligibility for the Mary Pettus Thomas Scholarship for foreign language majors