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Department of Modern Languages

When it comes to world language study, WKU students have many choices! Majors and minors are offered in Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish. There are 21-hour certificates offered in Chinese and German, and a 21-hour minor in Russian and East European StudiesStudents can take two years of French and  Japanese.Add to your educational experience at WKU by continuing with the language you have already studied in high school, or by starting a new language!

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Alumna Mollie Todd’s Journey through Arabic and Anthropology


Interview with French TA Hadrien Plaisse

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Chinese Program Students Display Calligraphy in Exhibition


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Department of Modern Languages

  • 270-745-2402 Fax 270-745-6859
  • modern.languages@wku.edu
  • 2027 / 2039 Honors College and International Center (HCIC)
    1906 College Heights Blvd. # 31029
    Western Kentucky University
    Bowling Green, KY 42101-1029

Department Head:
Dr. Laura McGee



2035 HCIC

Coordinators for major/minor programs:
Arabic: Dr. David DiMeo
Chinese: Dr. Ke Peng
French: Dr. Karin Egloff
German: Dr. Laura McGee
Spanish: Dr. Sonia Lenk

Contacts for other languages:
Russian: Ekaterina Myakshina
Japanese: Joe Ertl

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 Last Modified 3/22/20