What will I learn?

Applied modern language and culture is a distinctive foreign language degree that pairs a proficiency in a Chinese, Japanese, or Spanish with a major in the arts, business, computing, engineering, or the sciences.

Today’s workforce is increasingly global, and career opportunities may arise in exciting international locations where a solid understanding of your career field includes proficiency in a second language and its culture. The BS degree in applied modern language and culture is a distinctive, dynamic foreign language degree in which you’ll study Chinese, Japanese, or Spanish. It prepares you to actively apply your knowledge of language and culture to a technical or professional discipline of your choice, such as science, business, communication, computing and information technology, engineering, the arts, and more. You’ll gain proficiency in your chosen language while learning to articulate your technical or professional discipline in that language.

Applied modern language and culture is not a traditional foreign language degree. Instead, the major provides advanced study of languages and cultures that most directly apply to the global workplace and the global economy in which you’ll work. Students choose one of three language tracks—Chinese, Japanese, or Spanish—where they'll immerse themselves in that region’s language and culture. Students learn to speak, understand, read, and write in their chosen language, as well as gain a proficiency in the culture and traditions surrounding the language and geographic region. In addition, students choose a secondary major of study or a minor in a technical or professional discipline, such as computing, information technology, engineering, business, the arts, or the sciences.

The major is unique in that it provides extensive study of a specific language and culture and its direct application to a career field. Students learn how the integration of language skills, cultural awareness, and professional fluency impacts their work in science, computing, communication, engineering, business, the arts, and more.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$52,030.00 per year
Start date

22 August 2022, 9 January 2023


College of Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Hall (LBR), 92 Lomb Memorial Drive,


New York,

14623, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completion of high school.

For international students

Applicants must Submit an official high school transcript.

Minimum Score for Admission Consideration: Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) - 79; PTE Academic - 58, IELTS - 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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