Foreign Languages Majors

Intensive study of a language is an integral part of a well-rounded liberal arts education. In addition to broadening your understanding of other cultures, it allows you to develop your intellectual and creative abilities and find your place as a global citizen in an increasingly interconnected world. Studying languages provides cognitive benefits as well—sharpening problem solving abilities, developing critical thinking and writing skills and expanding the vocabulary.

Professor Jeremy Paden

Graduates have gone on to obtain Fulbrights, attend medical and law school, teach English in Spain, France and China, as well as teach in primary and secondary schools, and work for national and international companies where they use their second language skills.

Jeremy Paden,
associate professor of Spanish

Knowledge of a second language is a valuable asset. Language fluency helps students qualify for many positions, particularly when it is combined with other marketable skills in business, economics, computer science or political science.

At Transylvania, foreign language students take courses in conversation, composition, cultural history, contemporary society, literature and film. Many students participate in study abroad programs to improve language skills and experience another culture.

Transylvania offers instruction in German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Latin and ancient Greek. Students can major or minor in classics, French, German studies and Spanish.

Professor Veronica Dean-Thacker



Brian Arganbright,
Associate Professor of French

(859) 233-8782

Transylvania University
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508 USA

German Studies

Matthew Bauman
Visiting Lecturer - German

Transylvania University
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508 USA


Veronica Dean-Thacker,
Program Director;
Professor of Spanish

(859) 233-8272

Transylvania University
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY 40508 USA

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Teaching assistant in France, Ministre de l’Education Française
Researcher, U.S. State Department
Program director, AmeriCorps
Marketing manager, Affinion Group
Vice president for North America, Leyhausen International Services
Emory University
Georgetown University
Indiana University
New York University
Vanderbilt University
Introduction to Modern Chinese Literature
Contemporary Spanish-American Prose Fiction
The Francophone World and Its Literature
Afro-Hispanic Literature
Transylvania’s Tour de France
The Hispanic Experience in the U.S.
Chinese Cinema
The Wall Falls
Roman Spain
Medieval Meets Modern in France
Drau Ben vor der Tür
Costa Rica
New Zealand
South Korea

These GlobalTransy programs have at least three courses related to the major.

Interested in studying abroad for a summer? Take a look at our summer study abroad opportunities.