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World Languages and Cultures Minor

Language Skills that Employers Seek

A minor in World Languages and Cultures allows students to acquire valuable skills that employers demand.  UCM students majoring in International Studies, Criminal Justice, Business, Communication Studies, and English often pursue a Political Science minor. Consider also combining another course of study with languages for a dual degree.  Whatever your career goal, the Modern Language program has a minor that will add value to your UCM degree!



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!



Meet Dr. Kristy Boney

Program Coordinator, Modern Languages

Kristy Boney

Dr. Boney began teaching at the University of Central Missouri 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.


Language and Culture

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. 



About the Minor

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. Students may also contact the instructor with questions regarding placement.


Click here for the Spanish placement exam

Do you have the Seal of Biliteracy?  If yes, you may qualify for credit for the beginning language and intermediate language courses.  Click here for more information.

Related Programs

  • International Studies
  • International Business
  • Social Work


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


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