Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Learn a language and take on the world.
Modern Languages graduates work as scientists, marketing analysts, accountants, and more. And many have become dentists, doctors, lawyers, and professors after graduate schools from across the world.
Bilingual is a key to success. Job recruiters agree.
We offer Chinese, French, German, and Spanish majors and minors at Butler, as well as a Multilingual major. We will help you broaden your global perspectives by traveling abroad for immersive language and cultural studies, as well as by engaging with active polylingual and multicultural communities here in Indianapolis. You’ll find our faculty highly accessible and supportive. They will guide you in becoming a critical reader of other languages’ important literature and a scholar of their social and linguistic contexts.
I fell in love with Butler as soon as I got here.
“I wanted to be fluent. That was my goal. And, as a Vocal Performance double major, to get involved or help start a school program in Germany where we could do music as a way of teaching English.” —Julie O’Mara ’15
Each year up to 150 MLLC students immerse themselves in cultures on six continents, via programs coordinated by Butler’s Center for Global Education (CGE). Over 100 programs serve students in all four languages that we offer.
A language major or minor pairs well with other Butler programs. Recent graduates often combined one or more languages with anthropology, biology, business, chemistry, education, history, international studies, media production, pharmacy, political science, psychology, sociology, and the fine arts.
Cultural Outreach in Indy
Our students dive into the cultural life of Indianapolis’ vibrant Chinese, French, German, and Latino communities. While gaining fluency in languages, students have learned to cook Chinese dumplings and El Salvadoran papusas, mingled with dignitaries to honor the fall of the Berlin Wall, danced at Caribbean concerts, enjoyed tea with African scholars, and celebrated Chinese New Year and El Día de los Muertos. Many serve locally as medical translators, tutors in English as a second language, and welcoming friends for recent immigrants.
Modern Language Center
Get free tutoring help or hang out with friends in our student Modern Language Center. Students take advantage of big screen TVs with comfy couches, PCs, and Macs with a high-speed printer.
Employers value the strong communication, reasoning, and collaboration skills cultivated by studying languages and other cultures. Butler will help you showcase your knowledge and experience through your individual language ePortfolio and the Modern Languages Senior Keystone, a one-credit course preparing you to take on the world.