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Department of Modern Languages

The Department

Purple background, white block in the center. On the right, the K-State Modern Languages logo, a purple vector of the globe with the text: K-State Modern Languages. On the right, text reads: Mission Statement: Through quality research and teaching in world languages and literatures, we prepare a linguistically competent and culturally aware citizenry poised to live and work in an increasingly global and diverse society, in accordance with Kansas State University’s land grant mission.
The Department of Modern Languages is over 100 years old and has roots going back to the 1890's
 For the Department's early history, see here.


MLANGS is a vibrant and dynamic place where we foster a multilingual and multicultural awareness and a sense of belonging and identity that prepare students to become global citizens. Our approach is a collaborative one that brings together students, faculty, and staff in the pursuit of a deeper understanding of the world in which we live by investigating the ways in which people express themselves in their languages and how societies conceive of themselves through their cultural objects.  

Our graduates are well-versed in their language of study and in the cultural realities of the places where those languages are spoken. They develop an appreciation for how being bilingual or multilingual positively impacts one's life. Our faculty are teacher-scholars who work in many languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish.  Learn more about our faculty HERE or on ourprofiles page.

We offer engaging and interdisciplinary courses like "Translation & Interpretation in the Community," "Old German Script", "Literary Portraiture & Modern Spain," "Theories of Second Language Acquisition," and a variety of special topics in literary and cultural studies and linguistics. We are also home to the international, peer-reviewed scholarly journal, Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature (est. 1976). 

Recent graduates are currently working in a range of fields: K-12 education, Translation & Interpretation, Higher Ed, and International Business. K-State Modern Languages graduates make a difference in their community, whether it in Kansas, throughout the US, or abroad. 

We invite you to join us in Modern Languages, where we will work with you to design projects and coure plans that highlight your talents and skillsets in order to meet your individual professional goals. Please reach out with questions or if you simply want to learn more about what we do. We’re looking forward to working with you! 

                                                                                                                                                                       Dr. Bender

 Dr. Rebecca Bender, Interim Department Head & Professor

Modern Languages Faculty & Graduate Teaching Assistants (2022-23)

MLANG Faculty & GTAs

Modern Languages Advisory Council 2019

Jennifer Byer

Melissa Castillo

Robert Corum

Tara Dean

John Dubois

Michael Lane

Brad Shaw

Ingeborg Teasley

Mack Teasley

Bill Taylor

Marilyn Taylor

Megan Whitesell

Kate Conradt