The Department of Modern Languages, in collaboration with the Charles T. McDowell Center for Critical Languages and Area Studies, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Critical Languages and International Studies. This degree prepares students for careers in global affairs and international business, and emphasizes less commonly taught languages and cultures of critical significance in Texas and the United States, as well as in international economic and geopolitical arenas.

The importance of critical languages in the contemporary and future world economies and the international sphere cannot be emphasized enough. Critical languages are important in fields as diverse as intercultural communication, international law and commerce, international relations, and the internationalization of the Internet.

The Critical Languages and International Studies program offers a major with specializations in four language options: Chinese, German, Korean, or Russian, as well as minors in those four languages and in Arabic.

While working toward your degree, you may also obtain a minor in Localization and Translation, further enhancing your international skill set, through hands-on experience at the intersection of language, culture, translation, the Internet, and commerce.

Read more about our offerings on each of our language pages.