Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics

What do we do?

We investigate the processes of language acquisition, create tools for effective language learning, and put them into practice in our language classrooms. We study the dynamics of contemporary social, cultural, and national identity in a variety of countries, and advance the fields of literary and film criticism, cultural studies, and theory. We research the writings and other forms of cultural expression (film, digital media, performances, oral and vernacular art) central to our collective experience as global citizens and the linguistic structures that form the basis of all communication. The teaching and research expertise of our faculty reflects our commitment to FSU's undergraduate and graduate students and to academic excellence.

What can we do for you?

We prepare our students for success in a diverse and globalized world. Whether your interests include international business or linguistic and cultural enrichment, federal and foreign service, non-governmental work, language teaching, social professions, or the humanities and arts, we offer major and minor programs that will strengthen your academic and professional profile. We can help you combine specialized language training with interdisciplinary programs of study. Through the Winthrop-King Institute, undergraduate and graduate scholarships are available for study and research abroad. Visit the language program sites for more information about specific programs, or explore the directory to learn more about the department's resources, people, and events. For departmental personnel, please visit the Contact Us page.

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