Modern Languages - Carnegie Mellon University

Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages

Come experience both the intellectual and personal enrichment that comes with learning new languages—Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish—and encountering the diverse cultures that they represent!  Our course offerings at all levels are rich and varied, and there are opportunities for study abroad, service-learning in local and international communities, and numerous co-curricular activities.  Our department features some of the most skilled teaching faculty on campus, and much of the department's research is aimed at acquisition of additional languages, and enhanced learning through literary and cultural studies as well as technology. The Department of Modern Languages offers students of every discipline a wide range of possibilities to engage with world languages and cultures.

Modern Language Department News

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Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition Accepting Applications

The Department of Modern Languages is recruiting students for the fifth class of its Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition to begin in the fall of 2015.  This one-year, intensive program prepares students for careers in second language teaching in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, and English as a Second Language (ESL). The program will interest three groups of students with undergraduate degrees: 1) native speakers of English with a major in foreign language studies; 2) native speakers of English with humanities degrees and second-language experience; 3) international students with degrees in humanities and language-related fields.

For additional information, please visit Masters in Applied Second Language Acquisition.

We extend a warm welcome to our new A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and graduate students.

Vedran Dronjic (Ph.D., University of Toronto) A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, conducts research in psycholinguistics, language acquisition, and bilingualism.

Beginning their studies in the Ph.D. Program in Second Language Acquisition are Qiong Li, Tianyu Qin, and Aurora Tsai.

Beginning their studies in the MA Program in Applied Second Language Acquisition are María-José Arrufat-Marquís, Zheng Gu, Kun Nie, Andrew Perlman, Melissa Tison, and Yuki Togawa.

Department Alumni News:

Through the extremely generous support of alumna Patricia Askwith Kenner, who established the Endowed Fund for International Studies, our department is able to enhance international experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students. The fund enables us to provide study abroad scholarships, publication of Polyglot, the multilingual newsletter which is written and produced by our undergraduate students, and many other extracurricular activities.

upcoming events

March 18
CMU Scholars to Discuss “Free Speech” in Wake of Paris Attacks
Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall
4:30-6:00 p.m.

March 19
Phi Sigma Iota Initiation Ceremony
Duquesne University

March 24
Melissa Schneider
"From Rooster Weddings to Aesthetic Fatigue: China's Unfolding Romantic Revolution"
Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall
4:30-6:00 p.m.

April 1
An Evening of French Poetry and Song
Mellon Institute Auditorium
7:30 p.m.