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Modern Languages - Option 2: Professional Applications BA

Pre-Professional Concentrations

When you choose Modern Languages as your major at the University of Central Missouri, you also may choose one of three pre-professional concentrations. Not only will language courses give you a unique skill set, they also will set your resume apart in the job market by demonstrating great discipline, flexibility in learning and critical thinking, and the ability to interact with a variety of backgrounds.

  • Criminal Justice concentration - Here, you’ll learn about the criminal court system and justice system, and you’ll complete an internship in criminal justice, allowing you to use your language skills in a real-life setting. This concentration prepares you for careers in law enforcement and social services, among others.
  • Marketing concentration - Here, you'll develop language proficiency while you learn about consumer behavior, the principles of advertising and management, and economics. This concentration will prepare you for a range of careers in business and marketing.
  • Public Relations concentration - Here, you'll develop language proficiency while you learn the foundations of public relations, communication methods, and the principles of international development. This concentration will prepare you for a number of careers in business and public relations. 

Study Abroad in Spain this Summer



Please join us for the 13th annual Foreign Language Film Festival on April 3, 2020

The event will be held for language students in grades 6 through 12.

Click here for registration information!


About the Program Coordinator

Kristy Boney

Dr. Kristy Boney

Dr. Kristy Boney began teaching at UCM after directing the undergraduate German language program at the University of Kentucky. She received a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and a bachelor of arts in English and German from Georgia Southern University.


About the Program

Placement Exams

Students who have taken high school language courses (French, German or Spanish) may enroll beyond the Elementary I level, and may apply for Validated Credit for the class(es) skipped. A student completing Elementary II with a grade of C or higher will receive three additional credit hours at no tuition charge; a student completing Intermediate I with a grade of C or higher will receive six additional credit hours at no tuition charge.

Please note that you will NOT be able to enroll yourself in courses above the Elementary I level. If you wish to be enrolled in Elementary II or Intermediate I, please email:

In the email, please include the following:

- Your name
- Your 700#
- The name and CRN of the course you wish to enroll in
- The number of years in the language taken in high school

Not sure which class to take?

While there are some course restrictions regarding prior experience (see course descriptions), many students will have some flexibility in their decision. For further guidance on which class is right for you, the following placement exams are available:

Click here for French placement exam: ebs/sawyer/french_test/

Click here for the German placement exam: ebs/sawyer/german_test/Placeme ntexamGerman.htm

Click here for the Spanish placement exam:

High Quality Instruction

You will learn from faculty members who are dedicated to helping students develop real-world linguistic skills and broaden their horizons, becoming world citizens. You also can earn credit for graduation while traveling the world. The communication skills and cultural proficiency derived from languages complement any career path. Studying a language goes beyond learning grammar; it gives you solid preparation for understanding and dealing with an entirely new culture—a skill that is increasingly important in today’s global society.


Set yourself apart

Study Abroad

You’ll have the opportunity to experience another culture directly by going abroad.

Languages and Cultures

You’ll gain a global understanding to complement any field of study.

Study Abroad Germany

Apart from linguistic and cultural proficiency, a major or minor in a language tells a potential employer that you are flexible in learning and thinking.


Dr. Kristy Boney
Associate Professor
203 Wood Hall
Tel: (660) 543-8948


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