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"If I had any tips for other students who have yet to take advantage of this opportunity [to take the STAMP test], I would tell them it is definitely worth it! It saves time, money, and lets you focus on classes in your major by fulfilling this language requirement faster."

-Emily (Class of 2019)

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

Ms. Vandermolen took her WKU Glasgow Spanish 102 students on a field trip to La Nacional Latino food market to learn about Hispanic culture. Students tried authentic Mexican and Peruvian snacks.

A Message from the Department Head

When it comes to world language study, WKU students have many choices! The department offers major/minor programs in Arabic, Chinese, French, German and Spanish. Students can take two years of Japanese and two years of Russian. Russian language study can lead to the Minor is Russian and East European Studies. Read more about our programs under “Languages” above.

The language requirement at WKU is demonstrated proficiency at the Novice High level. That means a student can communicate in phrases and one or two simple sentences about the student’s immediate world and everyday life. The student can understand very simply information on similar themes. 82% of the students who choose to test out are successful. Read what Emily (Class of 2019) reported about her experience taking the STAMP test HERE. For the 18% of test-takers who are not able to demonstrate Novice High, the test score will provide placement information. OR a student can start a new language – there are spots available to start most languages every semester. For students who desire to continue in Spanish, we recommend a placement test, and we recommend a willingness to register early, and/or to consider taking the course in winter or summer. Click on “Placement” at left to explore options for testing out or placing in. 


Questions about the language requirement?

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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

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