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Department of Modern Languages

The Department

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.


Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages at Kansas State University, a vibrant place to study world languages, literatures, and cultures. In our large and diverse department you can become proficient in any of the ten languages and cultures in which we offer instruction. You will also be able to explore your interests in a curriculum that includes languages for professions, linguistics, film, literature, and cultural history. Through extracurricular activities and study abroad programs, we offer our community of students many opportunities for learning and experiences beyond the classroom. Please explore the pages on our website.

dhOur 45 faculty and graduate teaching assistants hail from 20 different countries, and foster international understanding and good will on campus. Since 1976, the Department has been home to the eminent international scholarly journal, Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature. The Department has taken a leadership role on such critical international initiatives as the rebuilding of the English Departments at Kabul and Balkh University in Afghanistan.

Dr. Derek Hillard, Department Head & German Professor

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.


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