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Foreign Languages

A degree in foreign languages from USM provides students with language skills and cultural insights that foster intercultural communication and provides them with sound foundations for a wide range of careers.

Foreign Languages at Southern Miss: Learn, Explore, Discover

  • Communicate and interact effectively on a wide variety of present, past and future events in the target language.
  • Deliver detailed presentations on a variety of topics and issues.
  • Explain how people's actions reflect their cultural beliefs.
  • Discover ways of seeing the world in another way.
  • Gain an appreciation for the world, and participate in national and international politics.


After completing required initial sequences in a language such as SPA 101, you will take more skills-oriented or content-based courses such as "Advanced Conversation"; "Hispanic Film"; " French in the Americas"; "Spanish in the Americas"; "Food as Culture"; and "Hispanic Daily Life."

Degree Options

There are four Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees available with this major. For information about graduate study, visit our MATL program details.

More about this Major


Our foreign language majors are currently working as teachers, interpreters, translators, culture and travel reporters, lawyers, editors and writers.

Our graduates have careers with UNESCO, the Red Cross, the U.S. Army, and law enforcement, and many are living and working abroad.
I love that instructors at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures engage with us in each and every class. They teach the language in a practical, modern way while giving us each individual consideration.

Courses You Might Take

FRE or SPA 182/282/382/482: French or Spanish Studies Abroad

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Spend 5 weeks or a semester and earn credits in the language studied.

Meet Some of Your Professors

Dr. Laurel Abreu

Associate Professor

Favorite Course:  SPA 344: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics

Expertise: Foreign language learning, linguistics, Spanish, study abroad

Keltoum Rowland


Favorite Course: FRE 411: Advanced Conversation

Expertise: French conversation, culture, and literature; study abroad

Dr. Katie Angus

Assistant Professor

Favorite Course: FRE 437: Topics in French Culture

Expertise: French, the professional development of foreign language instructors, the incorporation of technology in the classroom, and study abroad

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