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Languages Offered at KU

The University of Kansas offers more foreign languages than any other university in the Great Plains. Please refer to the alphabetized list below. Feel free to email us with inquiries, or get in touch with the respective department.

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

 

A

American Sign Language

Offered through the School of Education

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.

Amharic

Offered through the Department of African and African-American Studies

Arabic

Offered through the Department of African and African-American Studies

Aramaic

Offered through the Department of African and African-American Studies

 

B

Bosnian

Offered through the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

 

C

Chinese (Mandarin)

Offered through the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Coptic

Offered through the Department for Religious Studies

Croatian

Offered through the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Czech

Not offered on a regular basis, please contact the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

 

D

Dutch

Offered through the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

 

F

Farsi

See Persian. Offered through the Center for Global and International Studies

French

Offered through the Department of French, Francophone and Italian Studies

 

G

German

Offered through the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Greek

Offered through the Department of Classics

 

H

Haitian Creole

Offered through the Department of African and African-American Studies

Hausa

Offered through the Department of African and African-American Studies

Hebrew

Offered through the Department of Jewish Studies

Hindi

​Offered through the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

 

I

Italian

Offered through the Department of French, Francophone and Italian Studies

 

J

Japanese

Offered through the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

 

K

KiSwahili

​Offered through the Department of African and African-American Studies

Korean

Offered through the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

 

L

Latin

Offered through the Department of Classics

 

M

Miskitu

​Offered through the Center for Latin American & Caribbean  Studies

 

P

Persian

Offered through the Center for Global and International Studies

Polish

Offered through the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Portuguese

Offered through the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

 

Q

Quichua

​Offered through the Center for Latin American & Caribbean  Studies

 

R

Russian

Offered through the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures


S

Sanskrit

Offered through the Department for Religious Studies

Serbian

Offered through the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Slovene

Not offered on a regular basis, please contact the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Somali

Offered through the Department of African and African-American Studies

Spanish

Offered through the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

 

T

Tajik

See Persian. Offered through the Center for Global and International Studies

Tibetan

Offered through the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Turkish

Offered through the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

 

U

Ukrainian

Offered through the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Uyghur

​Offered through the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

 

W

Wolof

Offered through the Department of African and African-American Studies

 

Y

Yiddish

Not offered on a regular basis, please contact the Department of Jewish Studies

 


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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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