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 graduate students. 

Beginning their studies in the Ph.D Program in Second Language Acquisition are Germán Canale, María Pía Gómez Laich, and Ashley Weber.

Beginning their studies in the MA Program in Applied Second Language Acquisition are Ge Gong, Kailu Gua, Liling Huang, Yuyun Lei, Erika Millán, 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 17

"Una Serata all'Opera"
The School of Music and the Modern Languages Department present "Una Serata all'Opera," an evening of arias from noted Italian operas.  The performers will introduce the aria with a briefsynopsis of what the opera is about, and what is occurring in the opera when their aria is performed. Free admission.
7:20pm, Kresge Theather

March 19

Johannes Wagner
Designing for Language Learning in the Wild: creating social infrastructures for second language learning
3:30pm, Baker Hall 255A

March 21

MLSAC’s “Time to Taste the World”


Come and join the Modern Language Department for the Time to Taste the World event! We will be playing the German film Hannah Arendt as well as enjoying delicious food from around the world. It is all free, and has been sponsored by the Modern Language Department. We hope to see you there!

5:30p-6:30p - Food tasting in Baker Hall Coffee Lounge

6:30p-8:30p - Film Screening (Hannah Arendt) in Giant Eagle Auditorium