Foreign Languages

Bachelor's Degree Program

Open new worlds of opportunity with a degree in foreign languages at UAF. As the northernmost department of modern languages on the planet, we offer unique insights and experiences that will take you around the world and prepare you for careers in the global economy of the 21st century.

Our program gives you the opportunity to study French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish—each offered as a major and minor. Depending on your preference, you can focus your degree in one or two languages. As a foreign languages major, you’ll also have exciting opportunities to study abroad and experience other cultures first hand.

In addition to the foreign languages degree, we offer a bachelor’s degree in Japanese studies.

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Why Study Foreign Languages at UAF?

As the world becomes more connected, learning other languages becomes increasingly important to bridge peoples and cultures. Knowledge of at least one foreign language can also be a major asset in business and other careers. Here are some of the standout opportunities you’ll enjoy when you major in foreign languages at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Study abroad and experience living overseas

  • Studying overseas is a transforming experience that will enrich your life and education. Many foreign language majors participate in study abroad programs in Germany, France, Switzerland, Quebec and Spain. We have student exchange partnerships with several foreign universities, and you can spend one or more semesters abroad.

Get the support you need to succeed

  • Learning a new language is a challenge for anyone, and it’s important to know you have help available when you need it. In addition to being acclaimed authors and researchers, our faculty are accessible and dedicated teachers. We have expert tutors in Japanese, German, Russian, Spanish and French. We also offer a language lab, weekly conversation hours (Kaffeeklatsch) and student clubs, which are all great ways to make new connections and get additional support.

Participate in the international foreign language Honor Society

  • Phi Sigma Iota is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. Open to qualified foreign language majors, the Honor Society offers networking and leadership opportunities, scholarships and more. Learn more about Phi Sigma lota.


What Can You Do With a Foreign Language Degree?

Just as learning a foreign language opens up new worlds and cultures, it also opens doors to new career opportunities. In a more globally connected world, businesses at home and abroad need employees who can who can serve their customers in a variety of languages.

A recent report by a leading labor market analytics firm found that the demand for bilingual workers in the United States more than doubled between 2010 and 2015. The report also indicated that employers seek bilingual workers for both low- and high-skilled positions.




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