Degrees & Programs Offered
B.A., Foreign Languages
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. Depending on your preference, you can focus your degree on one or two languages. As a foreign languages major, you’ll also have exciting opportunities to study abroad and experience other cultures firsthand.
Languages available for major or minor:
Other languages offered at UAF through the Community and Technical College (CTC):
Tailor a course of study based on your interests and career goals. The bachelor’s in foreign languages at UAF gives you the flexibility to focus your degree in a way that works best for you. You can choose between:
SPAN F205 Spanish for Medical Professionals (h)
Offered Spring Even-numbered Years
Spanish for professionals is a course designed for students with a low-intermediate level of Spanish with an extensive focus on medical vocabulary, grammar structures and Hispanic/LatinX cultures. This course will help prepare medical professionals to effectively interact with their patients and/or clientele.
Have you chosen your minor? The very interdisciplinary nature of the College of Liberal Arts means that you have so many options when it comes to tailoring your degree program so that it is just right for you. Here are some minors that students have paired with a B.A. in Foreign Languages:
B.A., Japanese Studies
The B.A. in Japanese requires a concentration in the target language, plus coursework in other departments such as History, Geography, Political Science, Anthropology and Business.
Students majoring in Japanese studies are required to successfully complete at least one semester of an exchange program in Japan. Spending a full academic year abroad is strongly encouraged.
JPN F332 Japanese Cultural Traditions and Arts (h)
Offered Fall Even-numbered Years
A study of Japanese cultural traditions and arts as influenced by the religious and philosophical systems of Shinto, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Lectures will cover a wide range of Japanese traditional arts such as tea ceremony, calligraphy, martial arts, Noh, Bunraku, and Kabuki. Course is taught in English.
A Foreign Languages minor requires at least 15 credits in foreign language classes,
with at least 12 of those credits taken at the 200-level or above.
A Japanese Studies minor requires at least 15 credits in Japanese classes, with at
least 12 of those credits taken at the 200-level or above.
Courses must be distributed among at least three departments and include material on at least two Asian countries. Students are strongly encouraged to include a semester or more of Asian language.