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.

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

Igor Vishnevetsky (Ph.D., Brown University) Visiting Scholar from Russian State University for the Humanities, is a poet, novelist, and film director whose research interests include 19th, 20th, and 21st century culture, film history, music, and poetry.  Among his recent works are the novel Leningrad and the award- winning film Leningrad.

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

October 6

Learning language the meandering way: Three instances to ponder
Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University
4:30-6:00pm, Porter Hall 100

October 7

The Trauma of War and Art:  From the Literary Text of Leningrad to its Film Version
Igor Vishnevetsky
Visiting Professor of Russian
4:30pm, Steinberg Auditorium