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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. 


Resources for Modern Languages Students


Get involved in the Modern Languages Club

Joining student organizations is a great way for students to get involved while at UCM. The Modern Languages Club is a group of interested students from all the languages here at UCM that organize fun activities throughout the year. Typically in a year the club will sponsor the Day of the Dead festival, Oktoberfest, Chinese New Year, and Foreign Flicks. Want to get involved? Reach out to the ML Club advisors below!

Contact the Modern Language Club Advisors


Spanish for Health Care Certificate

With more than 40 million native Spanish speakers, the U.S. has the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world. The U.S. healthcare industry is in need of professionals with proficiency in Spanish. The University of Central Missouri offers a 12-credit undergraduate-level Spanish for Healthcare Professionals certificate program, completely online. Completing this program is a great way for students to set themselves apart on the job market by building a skillset that is increasingly in-demand.

Contact the Spanish for Health Care Director

Study Abroad

Not sure which language course is best for you? We can help!

Students with prior language experience may enroll beyond the Elementary I level for French, German, or Spanish. For further guidance on which class is right for you, we offer placement exams for French, German, and Spanish. Students with the Seal of Biliteracy may qualify for credit for the beginning and intermediate language courses. Click here for more information.

Contact the Modern Languages Program Coordinator




The Modern Languages Foreign Film Festival

The Foreign Language Film Festival is held each year at UCM. Students in grades 6-12 from Kansas and Missouri schools create short films in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, or Spanish and submit them to the film festival. Student filmmakers can choose from a variety of genres and the festival is open to all levels of language learning. On the day of the festival, students come to campus, watch the films, attend workshops, and receive awards.

Check back in the fall for information on how to register!




Modern Languages Study Abroad Opportunities



Modern Languages faculty lead an annual short-term study abroad program to Spain, which give students an opportunity to enhance their language skills and immerse themselves in the local culture. There is no better way to build on your classroom education!

Contact the Spain Study Abroad Director



Ever year, Modern Languages faculty lead a group of students on a short-term study abroad program to Germany. Students get to explore exciting cities such as Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and more, all while earning course credit!

Contact the Germany Study Abroad Director

Study Abroad

Support Study Abroad Opportunities

Your generous support makes life-changing study abroad opportunities possible for Modern Languages students. Please consider donating to the Modern Languages Study Abroad Fund by clicking on the link below.

Donate to the ML Study Abroad Fund


"Modern Languages never really stops looking for ways to innovate. With its streamlined nature, combined with unique opportunities for pairing languages with professional training, we offer something unique and vital for a 21st century workplace." 



Modern Languages Faculty

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Boney, Dr. Kristy

Associate Professor, Modern Languages Program Coordinator, German Program Director
Wood 203
(660) 543-8386

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Chang, Abigail

Adjunct Instructor
Wood 203
(660) 543-4186

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Cooper, Silvia

Instructor, Director of Health Care Certificate
Wood 202B
(660) 543-8840

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Hutcherson, Amber

Instructor, Modern Language Club Advisor
Wood 203
(660) 543-8948

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Stephens de Jonge, Dr. Julie

Professor, Film Festival Director, Spanish Program Director
Wood 203
(660) 543-4871

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Merrill, Dr. Sandra

Professor, Modern Language Club Director
Wood 203
(660) 543-8470


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


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