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Department of Modern Languages
The Department of Modern Languages offers majors and minors in French, German, and Spanish. In addition students can enroll in lower division instruction in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Swahili. Various study abroad opportunities allows students to enhance their coursework and deepen their linguistic skills.
A major or a minor in a foreign language can be combined with almost any academic or career interest. The functional command of a second language and appropriate cultural insights are crucial for careers in education, international business, government, law, scientific investigation, nursing, social work, and tourism, among others.
Members of the Modern Languages faculty hold degrees from a broad spectrum of nationally and internationally known institutions. We invite you to become acquainted with their professional accomplishments by visiting their faculty pages.
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.
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Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1029
“Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe