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PCAL Modern Languages

High school student participants dance at the 2015 Festival Cultural Hispano at the WKU Glasgow campus.High school student participants dance at the 2015 Festival Cultural Hispano at the WKU Glasgow campus.Dr.  April Eisman delivers the 2014-2015 Hatcher Lecture at the Faculty House.Dr.  April Eisman delivers the 2014-2015 Hatcher Lecture at the Faculty House.Arabic faculty members Khaldoun Almousily and Ahmed Awadallah.Students in the German Pop Culture course in spring 2015 display some of their learning materials. The Department of Modern Languages had a strong showing at the 2014 Global Fest in the Barrens in Glasgow, Kentucky in September.Japanese TA Nana Okada (front right) and her class enjoy the cherry blossoms on the WKU campus. Han Ban Volunteer Teacher Suya Tan (front right) demonstrates Chinese calligraphy and writes names in Chinese at the PCAL Fall Festival. Mr. Xavier Bonilla, a political cartoonist from Ecuador, speaks in the Tracing the Unexplored Series in spring 2015. Spanish professor Dr. Melissa Stewart interpreted.

High school student participants dance at the 2015 Festival Cultural Hispano at the WKU Glasgow campus.

High school student participants dance at the 2015 Festival Cultural Hispano at the WKU Glasgow campus.

Dr. April Eisman delivers the 2014-2015 Hatcher Lecture at the Faculty House.

Dr. April Eisman delivers the 2014-2015 Hatcher Lecture at the Faculty House.

Arabic faculty members Khaldoun Almousily and Ahmed Awadallah.

Students in the German Pop Culture course in spring 2015 display some of their learning materials.

The Department of Modern Languages had a strong showing at the 2014 Global Fest in the Barrens in Glasgow, Kentucky in September.

Japanese TA Nana Okada (front right) and her class enjoy the cherry blossoms on the WKU campus.

Han Ban Volunteer Teacher Suya Tan (front right) demonstrates Chinese calligraphy and writes names in Chinese at the PCAL Fall Festival.

Mr. Xavier Bonilla, a political cartoonist from Ecuador, speaks in the Tracing the Unexplored Series in spring 2015. Spanish professor Dr. Melissa Stewart interpreted.

Department of Modern Languages

For information about the language requirement at WKU, click on Placement.

The Department of Modern Languages offers major and minor programs in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. Four semesters of Japanese are offered regularly, as are two semesters of Russian. Italian and Swahili are offered in some semesters.

Major/minor programs in Modern Languages are designed to support students in developing Advanced level language proficiency while acquiring cultural knowledge essential to achievement in their future careers. Many language majors choose a second major in a content discipline, thus enhancing their preparation for careers in education, international business, government, law, scientific investigation, nursing, social work, and tourism, among others.

 

Mission statement

Through coursework, experience abroad, and other cultural encounters, the Department of Modern Languages cultivates communicative skills and cultural awareness that prepare students at Western Kentucky University to be more knowledgeable and sensitive citizens of the local, regional, and global communities. The Department's purpose is to deliver high-quality language instruction based on nationally-recognized standards, and to contribute actively to cross-disciplinary international initiatives on campus. Our programs are designed to graduate majors and minors whose language skills provide them with enhanced opportunities for careers at the regional, national, and international levels and/or preparation for advanced study in language, literature, and culture.

 

 

 

“Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.”

 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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