Department of Modern Languages
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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.
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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