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Modern and Classical Languages

Department of Modern and Classical Languages  

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Dr. Jason Jolley, Head
Department of Modern and Classical Languages
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5122
Fax: 417-836-7626
Email: MCL@missouristate.edu

Career Preparation

The study of foreign languages can lead to such careers as international business, government service (e.g. Peace Corps, CIA, FBI, Immigration and Naturalization, State Department), publishing, translating, and teaching in high schools or colleges. Many service occupations, such as banking, sales, travel and tourism, police work, and journalism, have a special call for foreign language training. Recent graduates have obtained jobs in Europe and Asia; other students have gone on to graduate and professional schools for advanced academic and law degrees. The era of world-wide markets has increased the demand for employees with foreign language proficiency in all areas of the U.S. economy. In addition to broadening career opportunities, foreign language study helps to develop knowledge and precision in English, strengthen memory and study skills, and enhance cultural awareness. Knowing a foreign language is an invaluable asset in career and personal development.   

Academic Program, Language Offerings, and Outreach

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages (MCL) offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Education degrees. Majors in Antiquities, French, German, Latin, and Spanish are available. Minors are available in Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Latin, Spanish, and Spanish Proficiency. Coursework in Arabic, Biblical Hebrew, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian is offered. Courses cover the fundamentals through advanced study, along with studies of culture and literature. The Department also supports other programs at the University: The Global Studies Major requires extensive language studies; twelve hours of one language are required for a B.A. degree in any major; and eighteen hours of one language are required as a component of the International Business administration major or the Individualized International Studies major. The Master of International Affairs and Administration has a two year language requirement. Coursework in ancient languages (Latin, Greek and Hebrew) supports a major/minor in Classical Antiquities. In addition, the Department offers several outreach opportunities in local schools and businesses.

Language Placement and Credit

Placement examinations are required prior to enrolling in university-level French, German, or Spanish classes for students who have had high school classes (or their equivalent) in these languages. Students will receive placement scores immediately upon completing the exam. Scores remain valid for the duration of undergraduate enrollment. Call the MCL office to get the link and password needed. This exam gives a baseline; students can be placed into higher courses and can get retroactive credit for either the basic courses (101, 102, 201) or higher, provided they complete the class they placed into with at least a B and apply to the Department to receive credit. Credit is not automatically recorded. For additional credit, or for credit in other languages, individual exams will be administered and retroactive credit can also be granted. For further information, contact the Department Head.


Of the 17 full-time MCL faculty members, 14 hold a Ph.D. degree. The faculty is composed of experienced teachers and includes native speakers from Europe, China, the Middle East, and Latin America. MCL faculty have received many teaching, service, and research awards and grants, and all regular faculty teach freshman-level courses.


The MCL Department is located in a newly restored building with state of the art technology.

Special Opportunities Abroad

Missouri State University offers students the opportunity to study French or Spanish in summer programs that are four to six weeks in duration. Students are enrolled in a local university and experience total immersion of the language as they study with native speakers and may live with host families. Other language programs are also available, including Arabic and Chinese. Transfer credit is arranged through the Department. In addition, the University offers numerous study away opportunities because of our affiliation with the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) which has nearly 100 member institutions outside the U.S.A.


Scholarships are available for travel or study. Contact the MCL office for more information or check our website: http://www.missouristate.edu/mcl.