Why Study Language?

By learning foreign languages, you’ll expand your cultural network, broaden your appreciation of other cultures, and gain a better understanding of yourself.

Immerse Yourself

Ready for language immersion without leaving campus? Explore the Chinese, French, and German residential language houses.


Learn more about Modern Languages Studies by attending our events.

If you plan to live abroad, work for a multinational company, research global issues, attend graduate school, read foreign newspapers and literature, or just want to appreciate another culture more fully, you should consider studying modern languages.


Enable you to develop a heightened Sino-American cross-cultural awareness when you use Chinese for communication.

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Develop your competence in the French language through diverse coursework in language, culture and literature, emphasizing the four areas of language acquisition: speaking, reading, listening and writing.

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Why should you study German? German is the language of the largest European economy, the most widely spoken language in Europe and the second most studied language in Europe and Asia. Plus Germany is the second-largest trading partner worldwide with the United States.

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To earn a minor in Italian at TCU, you can take courses in advanced grammar and composition, conversation, culture, cinema and literature. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad in semester and yearlong programs that are available through the Center for International Studies.

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Arabic language and culture possess its own deep-rooted value. Besides being the language and culture of a great civilization, it is amongst the world critical languages which has a fundamental place across all sectors of global society. It is engraved in the golden pages of history that Arabs have contributed greatly to the development of science, medicine, and philosophy. Furthermore, knowledge of Arabic will help you explore and unravel the wealth of diverse literature created over the past 16 centuries. The rewards for learning Arabic will significantly enhance one’s career potential and open up interesting cultural and social opportunities.

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The Japanese program helps you learn the language of the Rising Sun in a fun and well-structured environment. Learn Japanese for travel, business or just to satisfy your curiosity.

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Modern Language Studies News

Professor Benjamin Ireland
The Pacific Islands: Environmental Activism and the American University
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Language and Culture Fest: The Role of Foreign Language in Globalization
Join the departments of Modern Language Studies and Spanish and Hispanic Studies for the second Language and Culture Fest. This three day festival wil...
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Native American and Indigenous Peoples Day Symposium- Oct. 2, 2017
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Phil Antinone
TCU has Three Fulbright Finalists for the 2017-2018 Academic Year
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Culture, Diversity and Immigration in France
To Caitlin McAteer ’14, holding the hand of a rejected asylum seeker was transformative. The Fulbright scholar met transnational migrants during a s...
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