World Languages and Literatures


  • The department invites applications for a temporary, part-time position teaching German.
  • STARTALK in Action- Technology in the Learner-Centered Arabic Classroom, a face-to-face program segment will be held at Michigan State University's Detroit Center in Detroit, beginning July 29 and ending Aug. 15. STARTALK 2014 summer program provides teachers of Arabic with the opportunity to learn and integrate technology and approaches of teaching a learner-centered classroom.  The program will create a sense of community among all participants and a network for outreach through sharing successful language activities and ideas.

Languages at WMU

The Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University is at the heart of the University’s growing emphasis on global engagement and citizenship.

In the best liberal arts tradition, we offer courses in language acquisition, culture, literature and linguistics. We also offer language study tailored to future businesspeople and translators. Our small classes provide students with the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with faculty mentors, and our many study abroad options enable students to add fluency in a second language and international experience to their four-year degree. Students have the opportunity to learn Arabic, Chinese, French and Old French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, classical and medieval Latin, and Russian.

Whether you are interested in language and related studies for personal enrichment, adding linguistic and international expertise to another field of study, or becoming a professional in the field, we welcome you.