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Knowing another language and being able to understand different cultures are valuable skills — skills that you will gain if you study with us. We offer one major with four concentrations and six minors in several languages, and classes in even more. We will teach you not only how to communicate in another language but how to connect on a deeper level by looking at their arts, histories, and philosophies. Our goal is to help you think critically and communicate effectively in local, national, and global communities.

Earn the Global Seal of Biliteracy to demonstrate your language proficiency

Learn about the advantages of studying languages at UAB and earning the Global Seal of Biliteracy through our department to demonstrate your level of language proficiency to employers.

Enhance Your Future

Being able to speak a world language can help you in almost any career field. Whether you're interested in a future in medicine, government, education, business, social work, tourism and hospitality, or many other fields, the ability to communicate with others will give you an advantage.

Studying a world language leads to proficiency in reading, listening, writing, and speaking. At the same time, you gain knowledge of the literature, philosophy, history, and cultures of that language. If you are considering a double major, a second language can strengthen your studies in the other major.

Multilingualism has been linked to several cognitive benefits including better problem solving, improved critical thinking, and a higher aptitude for learning. Here is a TED Talk about the cognitive benefits of being bilingual opens a new website.

Why Study at UAB?

We are dedicated to helping you not just learn grammar rules but to fully understand the language you want to learn. We offer a full range of traditional language, culture, civilization, and literature classes. We also offer literature in translation, film and cultural studies, world media and society, US Latino topics, applied linguistics, and languages for the professions. You will be encouraged to study abroad, talk with your fellow students at conversation tables, participate in film clubs, cultural celebrations, and join one or more of our student groups. If you have any questions, please contact us. We look forward to having you here at UAB.

Degree Programs

We offer an undergraduate major in World Languages and Literatures with focus areas in multiple languages, as well as several minors, a certificate, and courses.

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