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The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures offers six undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degrees:

Chinese Language and Literature, Japanese Language and Literature, Double Language Concentration, East Asian Studies with Chinese Language Concentration, East Asian Studies with Japanese Language Concentration, East Asian Studies with Korean Language Concentration

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Kansas is the only department in Kansas offering a regular program of instruction in the languages, literatures, and cultures of East Asia.  Students in the Master's Degree program in EALC study under close supervision with nationally known scholars of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.  The graduate program trains students who will devote themselves to becoming effective links between the Far East and the United States.

Students concentrate in Chinese, Japanese, or East Asian Cultures, usually entering the program with at least two years of college-level language. The program typically takes two years to complete, including the defense of a required Master's thesis.

The J.D./M.A. EALC program, which leads to the J.D. and M.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures degrees, combines into 4 years and one summer of full time study the Juris Doctor program offered by the School of Law and the Master of East Asian Languages and Cultures program offered by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Growing interdependence with East Asia, particularly with China, provides a need for lawyers versed in culture and language. A joint degree in Law and East Asian Languages and Cultures opens many doors for its recipients. One can find opportunities in international trade and finance, immigration law, and other related fields, as well as a greater ability to work with clients from various backgrounds.


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The Department of French and Italian offers a comprehensive undergraduate program in French language, literature, and culture, as well as Francophone literature and culture from around the world. We offer a summer study abroad option in Paris, and a full semester study abroad program in Angers. Our summer and semester-long study abroad programs in Paris and Angers offer a wide variety of levels to students at all stages of linguistic competence. The major prepares students for a variety of careers in teaching or in graduate studies, as well as in fields such as interpreting, international business, art, art history, and travel.

Additionally, the Department of French & Italian offers a comprehensive undergraduate program in Italian language, literature, and culture. The course sequence Italy and the Italians (ITAL 335-336) is also offered via ITV at the Edwards Campus in Kansas City. Our summer study abroad program in Florence offers a wide variety of levels to students at all stages of linguistic competence. The major prepares students for a variety of careers in teaching or in graduate studies, as well as in fields such as interpreting, international business, art, art history, architecture, and travel.

M.A. and Ph.D. degrees are offered in French literature, with a balanced emphasis on all periods from medieval through twentieth century. Graduate study is supported through teaching assistantships offered to qualified candidates, who receive thorough training in language instruction. Excellent facilities, strong library holdings, and a faculty dedicated to both teaching and research assure students of a challenging and professional graduate preparation.


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The B.A. degree in German Studies offers students a diverse program in the language, culture, and history of German-speaking Europe, including literature, the arts, business, politics, linguistics, and German migrants living in diaspora. The Minor in German Studies provides undergraduate students with a comprehensive introduction to the language and cultural forms of German-speaking Europe.

Graduate degrees in Germanic Languages & Literatures encompass diverse coursework, research, and pedagogical training. Students have the opportunity to explore in depth German literature, culture, linguistics, and second-language acquisition. Particular foci of our course offerings include  applied linguistics and pedagogy and German dialects in the United States, along with German literature and culture of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Our graduate students, upon completion of their degrees, pursue both academic and a wide range of non-academic careers.


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Undergraduate major concentrations in the Slavic Department include Polish, Russian, and South Slavic: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian.

Undergraduate minors are available in Polish, Russian, South Slavic: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, and in Slavic Literatures and Cultures in Translation.

The Masters degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures places almost equal emphasis on Russian literature and Slavic linguistics.  This well-rounded approach allows students to continue on to specialized doctoral study in the areas of Russian literature or Slavic linguistics.  With its focus on both areas, the MA course of study provides students interested in working professionally with Russian in government or other areas with solid language skills and well-rounded training in the field.

Doctoral Study in the department Slavic Languages and Literatures can be tailored to the doctoral student's interests and future research plans.  Doctoral study allow students to pursue a knowledge of a second Slavic language and literature, a minor field, as well as in-depth preparation leading to the doctoral dissertation.


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The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a comprehensive undergraduate program in Spanish language, literature, and culture, as well as Portuguese language and Brazilian literature and cultural studies minor. Our faculty is dynamic, professionally active, and committed to excellence in scholarship and teaching. Currently the program has approximately 200 undergraduate majors. Advanced undergraduate courses in grammar, composition, conversation, literature and culture are offered every semester on campus, and in summer study abroad programs in Argentina, Spain, and Brazil. We offer flexibility in the choice of fields, which are defined both by traditional geographical and chronological parameters, and by thematic topics. Our students represent a very diverse group, and we encourage equally applicants from traditional and non-traditional backgrounds.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a comprehensive graduate program in Spanish language, literature, and cultures. Our faculty is dynamic, professionally active, and committed to excellence in scholarship and teaching. While the major emphasis of teaching and research is literature, the department also offers courses in literary theory, cultural studies, Portuguese language, and Brazilian literature. Our Department offers flexibility in the choice of fields, which are defined both by traditional geographical and chronological parameters, and by thematic topics. Our students represent a very diverse group, and we encourage equally applicants from traditional and non-traditional backgrounds. To see a video about graduate studies in the department, click here.

Admission to our graduate program is competitive. We value, but do not require, an undergraduate major in Spanish. Our minimum admissions requirements stipulate completion of 15 semester credit hours of literature courses in Spanish at the survey level or above. We are looking for applicants with outstanding academic records, regardless of undergraduate major. If you are applying, make sure that you submit a completed application with all required supporting documents. It is your responsibility to make sure all required information has been received and that it is correct and current.


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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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