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Languages Offered

Languages Offered at KU

African and African-American Studies
  • Amharic, Arabic, Haitian, Hausa, KiSwahili, Somali, Wolof
  • Classical Greek, Latin
East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Modern Chinese (Mandarin), Classical Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Uyghur
French and Italian
Jewish Studies
  • Hebrew (Biblical), Hebrew (Israeli), Yiddish
Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • Danish, Dutch, German, Gothic.
Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Czech, Old Church Slavic, Polish, Russian, Slovene, Ukrainian;
Spanish and Portuguese
  • Portuguese, Spanish
School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Center for Latin American & Caribbean  Studies
  • Haitian Creole, Miskitu, Quichua
Center for Religious Studies
  • Aramaic, Coptic, Sanskrit

Please note that American Sign Language is offered within the School of Education, but access to these courses for students outside of that school is by permission only. If you wish to use American Sign Language to fulfill your Foreign Language requirement, please check with your individual school to determine whether this is an acceptable option, and if so, how to proceed. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will accept American Sign Language to fulfill the foreign language requirement for the B.A. degree, but you should consult with Student Academic Services before beginning any coursework. Most college-level ASL courses do not automatically transfer to KU.

* Not offered regularly, please contact the respective department for more information.



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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