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World Languages

Availability: Gulf Park and Hattiesburg Options

World Languages

Welcome to World Languages! We offer a minor in 18 hours and a major in 30 hours. Take advantage of study abroad opportunities in France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, and Peru. We offer courses online and in-class in several languages and teacher licensure in Spanish or French. For Gulf Coast students we offer French and Spanish online and Spanish on campus. Stop by and let us talk to you about a bright future in languages.

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8Programs Abroad
5Language Options
1Only Nationally-Recognized Licensure Program in Mississippi

What Will I Learn?

• cross-cultural communication
• understanding of cultural differences
• knowledge of culturally specific behavior, customs, and values
• language competence for speaking, writing, reading and listening
• understanding of target culture, history, literature, music, and folklore
• appreciation of diversity
• sensitivity to cultural issues
• awareness of differences in cultural perspectives
• global experience
• ability to adjust to new environments
• ability to interact effectively with peoples of different backgrounds

Cross-Cultural Sensitivity and Cultural Perspectives

World Languages faculty are dedicated teachers who develop students’ cross-cultural sensitivity and a keen awareness of cultural perspectives. We offer a range of courses including Latin American and Francophone culture and history, French and Spanish in the Americas, and topics such as conversation, phonetics, comics, cuisine, and cinema. We help students conduct and present their own research. Faculty research areas include online learning, sociolinguistics, teaching with technology, teacher education, and gender and writing.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Programs at the University of Southern Mississippi that prepare students for K-12 licensure in World Languages (French) or World Languages (Spanish) are designed to meet the licensure standards set by the Mississippi Department of Education.  The University of Southern Mississippi cannot determine whether a particular licensure program meets requirements for licensure outside of the state of Mississippi. Students seeking licensure in another state are advised to contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to determine specific requirements or guidelines for reciprocity. For a list of the state departments of education that oversee professional teaching licensure, see the U.S. Department of Education website - State Contacts page.

For questions, please contact Leah Fonder-Solano at leah.fonder-solanoFREEMississippi



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School of Social Science and Global Studies

456 Liberal Arts Building (LAB)

118 College Drive #5108
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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  • Teacher
  • National Security Officer
  • Translator
  • Hospitality Manager
  • Study Abroad Coordinator
  •  Tourism Manager
  • Jennifer Weir, 2002 and 2009 
    (MATL), French Teacher, Benedict Day School, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Jessica Lamb-Jones, 2006
    Assistant Vice President of Custom Programs, CISabroad, Northampton, MA
  • Matthew Hayden, 2017
    Participated on Teaching Assistant Program (TAPIF) in Metz, France; currently a Ph.D. candidate at Tulane University
  • Christina Rebuffet-Broadus, 2003
    Online business English trainer, course creator and founder of the “Speak English with Christina TV” Grenoble, France