The Department of Modern Languages seeks to provide students with the skills needed to speak, read, write and comprehend at least one modern language. Graduates develop an appreciation of cultural diversity by understanding the relationship between a language and its respective culture. The Modern Language curriculum equips students with the skills to conduct research and use computer applications in a different language. The program provides a solid foundation for those who wish to pursue a career or graduate studies in a modern language.


Real-world Learning

Students can choose between six unique experiences to further their knowledge of other languages and cultures.  Learn more.

Events and Student Organizations

Students are invited to join organizations and prestigious honor societies that promote the study of languages and cultures. The Department sponsors many events throughout the academic year.


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Student Researcher Walks Across the U.S.-Mexico Border

Student Researcher Walks Across the U.S.-Mexico Border

“Learning by experience and doing things firsthand is the best way to learn and study something,” says Beck. “You can always read something in books, but to go and do it on your own – there’s nothing like it.”

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"Our mission is to give our students the opportunity and the challenge to live multilingually. Proficiency in another language affords privileged access to cultures and communities, providing insights and understanding that is so needed in today's world."

Dr. Charlene Kalinoski

Professor, Chairperson


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Our department is located in Lucas Hall.

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"Through an internship in the Andes of Peru the summer after my freshman year, I discovered my passion for travel. Roanoke offers incredible opportunities to step outside your comfort zone."

- Connor Toomey