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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 truly 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 not only well-versed in their language of study but in the cultural realities of the places where those languages are spoken as well as the rich ways in which being bilingual or multilingual positively impacts their daily and future lives. Our faculty are teacher-scholars who work across a range of languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish.  You can learn more about our faculty over at our department website profiles page.

We offer an interdisciplinary array of courses including languages for the professions, translation, literary and cultural studies, and courses in second language acquisition 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 from K-12 education to translation and interpretation to higher ed to international business. K-State Modern Languages grads make a difference in their community, whether it be here in Kansas or abroad. 

We invite you to join us on this multicultural and multilingual journey in Modern Languages and cannot wait to meet you in order to learn how best to help you achieve your individual goals. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or just want to hear more about what we do. We’re looking forward to working with you! 

Head shot of Dr. Melinda Cro

 Dr. Melinda A. Cro, Department Head & Professor

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