College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Studying a foreign language at the University of Kansas is your first step toward a richer life. The human experience is a vivid and complex one, and no one language can contain all the vocabulary, literature, music or art to capture it all. Learning a second language — or third or fourth! — enriches your understanding of the world and even of yourself. You’ll open up to new ways of thinking, and new opportunities to define and express your unique experiences, feelings and thoughts.

Between our five core foreign language departments (Germanic, Slavic, East Asian, French & Italian, and Spanish & Portuguese) and 13 additional affiliated departments and resource centers, you’ll have access to:

  • Over 40 languages
  • 60 different degrees and concentrations
  • 140 study abroad programs

More and more business is conducted in languages other than English in today’s global society. Having another language under your belt multiplies your job opportunities and makes you more attractive to employers.

KU’s School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures is the first stop on your way around the world. Connect with us today, and we’ll get you ready for your journey. #KUSLLC



Our Statement on Diversity in support of Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk and the University of Kansas Black Student Union’s efforts to combat racism.
The School of Languages & Cultures serves as a gateway to understanding the diversity of the world, through learning languages, literatures, and cultures, past and present. Through its research and teaching, the SLLC offers students opportunities for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world. The faculty and students who teach, research, and learn in the SLLC consider issues of diversity fundamental to all of our work. The study of others' languages, literatures, and cultures enables us to develop deep empathy and perspective informs the way that we approach issues before us, whether on a personal, local, regional, national, or global scale. Therefore take it as axiomatic that the SLLC stands for a campus that is committed to the meaningful sharing, contemplation, and discussion of ideas that emerge from multiple cultural perspectives and experiences. We continually rededicate ourselves to the principle of diversity. We strive to create an atmosphere where all students and faculty feel comfortable and welcome to express their views as well as work together to solve conflict. Further, we view our mission as a center of diversity on a flagship campus as requiring us to lead by example.

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