World Languages and Literatures

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, ancient Greek, Italian, Japanese, classical and medieval Latin, and Russian.

Whether you are interested in language and language-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.


Dr. C. James Hueng and Dr. Xiaojun Wang are the recipients of the fourth annual Light Center for Chinese Studies Research grant. Each awardee will receive $3,000 to support a research project and publication.

Alex Gibson

Alex Gibson, a student of Arabic language, received the Boren Scholarship for International Study and he will spend a year in Jordan. Congratulations to Alex and we wish him the best!