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Department of Modern Languages

Prepare to be a part of a multicultural and multilingual world

As a student in the Department of Modern Languages you will be able to combine your interest in languages, cultures, linguistics and literature with other fields of study across the university. By majoring or minoring in a world language you will gain valuable language and cultural skills, which will make you a better communicator and critical thinker. You will learn how to use these skills domestically and internationally to find a rewarding career and to make a difference in the world.

Visit our Prospective Students page to find out more about Modern Languages!

Visit our Events page to learn more about what we're doing and how to join us!


Interested in taking Summer classes? Learn more about the Summer Language Institute!

Kansas State University  Department of Modern Languages. Language institute Summer. Want to take a language or continue your language studies this summer? Check out our class offerings! We have classes in French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Classics. Learn more about our courses here.   Questions? Contact us! modlangs@ksu.edu or 785-532-6760

Want to start or continue your language studies? Check out our flyer to learn more about our Summer Language Institute! We offer a wide range of classes from beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes. Click here to see what we are offering for the summer!

Looking for a study space? Language Tutoring? Check out the KLC!

Modern Languages Department. KLC - KIRMSER LANGUAGE CENTER. TUTORING, STUDY SPACE & MORE !Come visit us at Eisenhower 001. French - German - Spanish - Chinese

The KLC has re-opened this spring semester to serve as a study and workspace for students, and offers a variety of technology available for use and to check-out. The KLC also offers drop-in tutoring for all levels of Spanish, German, and French as well as for Chinese I & II. Stop by anytime in-between classes, or come to receive tutoring, or simply to study and hang out. We look forward to seeing you! Click here to see the KLC hours of operation. 

Meet our Kirmser Language Center Staff!

Aaron Middaugh- Hello! My name is Aaron Middaugh and I am currently a Master's student focusing on Second Language Acquisition. I completed my undergrad degrees here at K-State studying Spanish, Anthropology, and French. I come from a family line of teachers and i am dleighted to be serving as the supervisor for the Kirmser Language Center. I enjoy reading, playing drums and ukulele, learning languages, and going on long walks and bike rides.  Josie Brooks- Hi! My name is Josie and I'm an undergrad from Wichita, KS studying Communication Sciences & Disorders and French. Growing up, I always had a love of languages and traveling. My family hosted two foreign exchange studetns, one from Norway and the other from Brazil, so I experienced different cultures at home. In my freshman year of high school, I started learning French and have been studying it ever since. I am excited to work in the KLC, tutor French, and ignite students' love of languages!

Hi! My name is Julia and I'm an international student from Brazil studying Business Administration with a minor in Chinese. Ever since I was little, I loved learning languages and, in my family, we all speak a mixture of Portuguese, German, and English, so conversations at my house are always quite interesting! In my school, I learned Spanish and some French. During Covid, I decided to learn Korean and Chinese, and I absolutely fell in love with the cultures and the languages. I am very excited to work at the KLC and be able to help with tutoring for Chinese, German, and Spanish.  Sophie Hawks- Hallo! My name is Sophie Hawks and I am a senior at Kansas State University majoring in German, Anthropology, and International Studies, with a minor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. I have been learning German for nine years and I fell in love with the German language and culture over that time. I am looking forward to tutoring in German at the KLC and sharing my passion for the language with other students here at K-State.

Check out their hours and what languages they tutor. Read more about them here

Notable News

More Culture Clip videos for you to check out!

If you want to watch the full interview or just pick a topic you like and watch a clip of Dr. Kanost discussing it, we've got both! Check out the series, and our other videos, on our YouTube channel HERE!

Image of the thumbnail for the full interview video. Cover of Dr. Kanost's book on the left, the translation of Rivera Garza’s La Castañeda.