Modern & Classical Languages

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages, in fulfillment of the University’s stated goals, provides to Western Washington University students the skills that are necessary to learn first-hand about world societies. To that end, the department believes that the best way to understand a culture is directly through its language(s).

Therefore, the department offers students the opportunity to acquire three types of proficiencies: the language skills that make for successful communication, the cultural competencies that build global respect and responsibility, as well as the creative and interpretive aptitudes that underscore an understanding of the history and aesthetic expressions of a given culture. Ultimately, students graduate from the department with valuable skills for succeeding in the workplace and for supporting global citizenship.



Modern & Classical Languages welcomes two new faculty this Fall.


Tom Keeline - Classics: "Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Tom received his Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard in May. He was thrilled to join the Modern & Classical Languages department here at Western. He enjoys teaching classes on all aspects of the ancient world and its reception, and particularly delights in speaking Latin. His research interests center around Latin literature, the history of education and scholarship, and textual criticism. Outside of Classics he enjoys spending time with his one-time high school sweetheart, now wife, Monica, and with their five-month old son Tommy."


Luc Fotsing - French: "Luc started his doctoral programme in 2009 in the department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia. He will be defending his doctoral dissertation this coming December on The Transcultural in the Contemporary African Novel. His teaching experience has involved teaching French language courses at UBC for over five years. His areas of specialty include French language, Francophone Literatures and Cultures."