In today’s world of increasing globalization, the ability to communicate effectively in another language and with a person from another culture is a highly sought-after commodity. Therefore, a major in a foreign language can enhance your transcript and strengthen your résumé in any of the following areas: English; Finance; History; Journalism; Law; Marketing; Political Science; Public Administration; Sociology; Engineering; Chemistry; and Medicine. Studying a foreign language also leads to proficiency in reading, listening, writing and speaking, while cultivating knowledge of the literature, philosophy, history, and cultures associated with a particular language.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers a multifaceted foreign language program that will meet the diverse global challenges facing students of the 21st century. Promoting a comprehensive view of foreign cultures, languages and literatures enhance the students’ ability to compete in the job market and/or to pursue graduate or professional studies.

The UAB Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers a full range of traditional language, culture, civilization and literature classes and also enrolls students in such fields as literature in translation, film and cultural studies, foreign media and society, US Latino topics, applied linguistics and languages for the professions. The Department also collaborates on designing unique foreign language study programs through the Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education (BACHE).