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Prospective Students

Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages!

If you are visiting this page, it’s likely that you are interested in a major or minor in a world language at Western Kentucky University. Deciding to study a world language is an exciting first step towards becoming a true citizen of the world. Our faculty and staff are eager to guide you on your journey!




Studying a world language teaches you more than just how to communicate in another tongue. By dedicating yourself to studying a world language, you open yourself to the world. This can improve your intercultural skills and make you more tolerant as you develop the ability to communicate with people from other cultures.  Not only will you learn to appreciate the uniqueness of other cultures, but you will also develop a deeper understanding of your own.

In addition to that, mastery of a world language can improve your opportunities in any field. Currently, four out of five new jobs in the US are created as a result of international trade. This is especially true for jobs in government, business, medicine, law, technology, industry, marketing, and education.


Japanese language students


At Western Kentucky University, we are pleased to offer the opportunity to study a wide variety of languages. Currently, we offer courses in: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. There are also many opportunities to study additional languages via the office of Study Abroad and Global Learning.

Western Kentucky University also offers many opportunities to continue learning a language you have previously studied. To learn about your options for placing into a higher level or testing out of your language requirement, visit our page on Placement and Credit by Exam.


 WKU students studying in Segovia


For more information about our language courses please contact the Department of Modern Languages. You can also contact: 

If you have questions about our Korean or Japanese courses please contact the Department of Modern Languages.




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 Last Modified 11/2/18