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To be able to communicate in multiple world languages is a fundamental asset in any profession, from careers in education, translating, and interpreting to those in international studies, health, business or law. Knowing different languages is also useful for traveling and research in many parts of the world. The World languages Program offers four world languages for UC Merced students: Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish.

All courses in Chinese, French, Japanese and Spanish are content-based, learner-oriented and follow the communicative learning approach. In addition to helping students develop skills to communicate in the target language, these courses attempt to promote a cultural awareness of the countries and communities where the languages are spoken.

Interested students can also pursue a minor and a major in Spanish. Consult the Spanish Minor and Spanish, B.A. sections of the UC Merced catalog or go to for additional information.