Skip to main content
Skip to main content

PCAL Modern Languages

The faculty of the Department of Modern Languages wish everyone a great start to the 2017-2018 academic year!

Modern Languages Department Head Laura McGee (left) welcomes new Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants Anna Zaitseva (Russian), Saleem Alharthi (Arabic), and ALLEX TA Mari Nishimura (Japanese).

A big welcome to Patricia Allen, Visiting Instructor of Spanish (middle), pictured with Department Head Laura McGee and her teaching mentor Yertty Vandermolen.

WKU Arabic Debate team representing WKU and the US in Qatar

Game of Thrones language creator David J. Peterson delivers the 2017-2018 Paul G. and Ernestine G. Hatcher Lecture on language learning and creation

Russian instructor, Ekaterina Myakshina, teaching a Russian dance to students participating in Russian Day festivities.

A Message from the Department Head

As the academic year 2016-2017 draws to a close and many of us travel, conduct research, lead summer programs, take part in PD, or simply go on vacation, I reflect on the past year. I am struck by the many reasons to feel gratitude. Our students, our colleagues and world languages teachers in K-12 give us many reasons to be thankful. We can be confident that the work we do changes lives.

A student who began learning Russian in our department and chose to continue wrote that “Learning a second language is a mind-opening experience that can benefit everyone.”

A student in a first semester French course said that his instructor “challenges us to think outside our ‘American’ mindset.”  

A teacher who took part in the June 2017 professional development we offered was so glad to have “new and interesting resources that can be used in the upcoming school year.”

Our work as language teachers clearly makes a difference in the world. Won’t you join us as a student in one of our language programs, as a colleague who is committed to helping students develop their proficiency, or as a teacher who regularly updates his or her skills through professional development?

Let us know how the Department of Modern Languages can be a part of your open mind and your new ideas. 


Questions about the language requirement?

Download the info sheet.

Click through your options by language.

Read about the Colonnade Program World Language Requirement.

Information Session on the World Language Requirement (March 30, 2016)


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.



Dr. McGee

Dr. Laura G. McGee

Department Head

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
download excel.

Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
download word.

Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
download powerpoint.

Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
download quicktime.

 Last Modified 8/14/17