Why Study Languages?
We live in a global, highly connected society. Individuals who are prepared to interact, conduct business and exchange ideas with non-native English speakers have a distinct advantage in both their personal and professional lives.
Did you know that only 5.6% of the world's population speaks English as their first language? The assumption that English is universal is simply not true. Second, or even third, language acquisition is valued around the world for its many benefits:
Research shows that second language acquisition improves a person's native language skills, reading comprehensions, and math skills. Studying another language trains a person's brain to think creatively and comprehensively and make connections between related concepts or roots, resulting in higher intelligence scores in almost every testable subject area. Studies also suggest that the ability to speak in multiple languages slows down the normal decline in mental ability and brain density associated with aging.
People who can communicate in another language also can better understand the culture, context and perspective of others. This skill is invaluable in any career and increases a person's ability to act with sensitivity, tolerance, trust and compassion. Even professionals in the sciences and technology will have more career opportunities if they are fluent in another language – doctors can expand their patient base, computer programmers need to understand how their code will be interpreted and used, and researchers can collaborate with colleagues around the world. Read More >>
* Languages with asterisk are offered as majors.
Visit the individual webpages for information about courses, scholarships, study abroad and more related to that particular language.
Become a UWM Language Student
People study languages for a number of reasons. Perhaps you are looking to earn a degree and start your career. If you are an established professional, you may be looking for courses that will lead to promotions or contribute to your skill set. Or, you may simply wish to fulfill a life-long dream of becoming fluent in another language. At UWM, you can enroll in language courses that meet your individual needs.
Enroll as a degree-seeking student with a major in a language.
Enroll as a second-degree seeking student if you already hold a bachelor's degree.
Enroll as a special student and take courses for credit or, with permission from the instructor, as an auditor for no credit. Senior auditors (60+) may qualify to audit classes free of charge on a space-available basis with instructor permission.