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Department of Modern Languages

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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 a 21-hour minor in Russian and East European StudiesStudents can take two years of Japanese. In addition, Modern Languages offers courses that fulfill Colonnade requirements (i.e., general education), including MLNG 200 Introduction to Literature in Translation and CHIN 208 Chinese Calligraphy in Connections/Systems category. 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!

The mission of the Modern Languages Department is to cultivate 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. This encompasses understanding of past and current injustices faced by minority groups. We affirm the right of all people to learn and work without intimidation or threats of violence. We also support individual actions and policy initiatives which foster respect and equality at the local, state, and national level.


Gatton Academy students placed in the 39th National Russian Essay Contest (NREC)

Under the leadership of Professor Ekaterina Myakshina, the following Gatton Academy students placed in the 39th National Russian Essay Contest (NREC) organized by the American Councils of Teachers of Russian (ACTR). Congratulations to all of them!

Calvin Higdon - Gold

Jazmine Moore - Gold

Morgan Burk - Silver

Ty Gordon - Silver

Emily Mikovch - Silver

Caled Fields - Bronze

Ben Handshoe - Bronze

Annabelle Roberts - Nault  - Bronze

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Department of Modern Languages

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  • 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

Interim Department Head:
Dr. Alex Poole



HCIC 2035

Coordinators for major/minor programs:
Arabic: Dr. David DiMeo
Chinese: Dr. Ke Peng
Spanish: Dr. Melissa Stewart

Contacts for other languages:
Russian: Ekaterina Myakshina
Japanese: Paul Collins

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 Last Modified 1/11/22