Why Foreign Languages and Literatures?

Students majoring in Languages and Literatures will have the opportunity to take courses from nationally and internationally known faculty. Courses are small (10-15 students on average) and taught using innovative pedagogies. Our graduates have gone on to work in almost every field you can think of: academia, law, business, translation, technology, medicine, education, the applied and performing arts–and they all attest to the importance of knowing a foreign language. Learning a foreign language will allow you to be more competitive in an increasingly globalized world. You will write and speak better (even in English!), be more competitive for jobs, and know how to interact with people from other cultures.

Internships in Foreign Languages

Students in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures have a number of opportunities for internships in the Kansas City area. Students considering a career in teaching can find internship opportunities with the Kansas City Public Schools and several charter schools, including University Academy and Académie Lafayette. For those who want to explore ways in which their language skills and cultural knowledge can lead to a career other than teaching, UMKC students have done internships with a number of Kansas City non-profit organizations, including the International Relations Council and the Alliance Française de Kansas City.

Opportunities for internships and deadlines for applications are regularly posted on the Foreign Languages and Literatures on-line messageboards. Students are also encouraged to seek out internships relevant to their interests and future plans. See the undergraduate advisor in your language, or contact Dr. Alberto Villamandos for teaching internships and Dr. Kathy Krause for non-teaching internships.