Modern & Classical Languages

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2019 MCL Scholarship Poster

Apply for an MCL scholarship. 

Applications Due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2019.

Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per quarter at least one quarter of the 2019-20 academic year are eligible to apply.

Scholarship application available HERE and at the MCL office in Miller Hall 223.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Christina Keppie, professor of French and linguistics, has been named director of the Canadian-American Studies program at Western Washington University.

Read about it HERE.

Christina Keppie, photo by Hannah Wong


Dr. Sandra Alfers, professor of German in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and director of the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity has been named a recipient of the 2018 Rep. Timm Ormbsy Award for Faculty Citizenship.

Read about it HERE

Photo of Dr. Sandra Alfers

Dr. Hugo Garcia was profiled in this year's Innovative Teaching Showcase for his course "Queer Voices of Latin America Literature and Culture." The 2018 theme was "Engaging Social Justice."

Read about it HERE

web clip for Hugo's profile on Innovative Teaching Showcase site


Winter 2018 Interlingua Newsletter Now Available

MCL's Dr. Hugo García presented ‘Santería Decoded: An Approach to Understanding the Formation of an Afro Cuban Religion' Jan. 31 at City Hall.


Winter-2018-DLS-Poster Watch the presentation HERE.

 Read the press release HERE.











We are delighted to announce that the Ingrid Stahlbrand Kassler Memorial Scholarship has reached the $75,000 mark. Thank you, from the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, to the generous donors who have helped us get there! Our next milestone is to get the fund above $100,000 so two scholarships can be provided to students in the German program at Western in memory of Ingrid each year. If additional contributions can bring this fund to $100,000, a generous anonymous donor will match the $25k raised, bringing the scholarship endowment total to $125,000. Gifts can be made at<>.

Please help us meet this goal with your gift and spread the word! You can also call Angie Vandenhaak, Director of Annual Giving at WWU for more information or to make a gift by phone: (360) 650-3027.


Modern and Classical Languages Mission Statement

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.

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages is a meeting place for diversity and for critical thinking. Our faculty members represent fifteen countries and offer courses in eleven languages. We cherish the contributions that this diversity brings to our campus community and to the community at large. Learning a language is the primary gateway to understanding the cultures and values of those who speak it. Learning a language fosters empathy, respect, and appreciation of the richness found across diverse cultures. By embracing diversity we can find creative solutions to problems and challenges of both local and global scope. As world language educators, we believe these are values that make our communities, and ourselves, stronger.