Giving to the Department of World Languages and Literatures

We invite your participation in the activities of our department, whether as attendees of department-sponsored events, creators of the events themselves (presentations by alumni and other friends of World Languages and Literatures), visitors to campus, or financial donors.

Donate online using a credit card to fund some of the projects and activities:

Major initiatives to support:

To designate to a particular language area or project, use the Other Restricted Purpose form and type "World Languages and Literatures" and the particular area. 

Student Scholarships for language majors and minors.  Specifically, we are working to fund seven $3,000 grants, one for each of our language areas, and five $2,000 scholarships for participants in our Summer Translation Program.  

Student Emergency Fund.  This fund will provide immediate help
to worthy students who find themselves unable to completely cover the cost of books and other academic materials.

Academic and Community Activities

  • The Summer Translation Program, a four-week intensive program on the practice, theory, and business of translation.
  • The annual Francophone Film Festival held every March.  This four-day competitive event brings to Kalamazoo recent movies from French-speaking countries around the world, with the movie subtitles in English.
  • Conferences at WMU.
  • A speaker series in which we invite experts in our fields of language, linguistics, translation, teaching, literature and culture to talk with students, faculty and members of the community.
  • World Language Days, when we invite area high school students to visit our department and sit in on college-level language classes.
  • Southwest Michigan Roundtable on French and Francophone Studies for high school and University teachers in the region.

A Visiting Professorship, a position that would rotate among the disciplines and languages in the department. Perhaps the greatest need of our department is to have a larger number of full-time teachers, in order to make our programs more stable and assure their continued excellence.  Because the popularity of individual languages can change within a single decade, a rotating professorship would enable us to respond to changing student interests and needs in the area of foreign languages and connected disciplines.

Faculty Research Travel Fund.  Our faculty members need to travel in order to remain well informed for their students: we must pursue our research and stay current in the languages and cultures that are our specialties, often through travel abroad.

Please contact me or individual faculty members if you are interested in visiting the department.  We are extremely happy to welcome you and would enjoy having you meet students and faculty and tour our newly-renovated classroom building, Brown Hall.

Thank you for considering the possibility of partnering with us, and we hope to see you soon!

Dr. Molly Lynde-Recchia, Chair
(269) 387-6243




Department of World Languages and Literatures
412 Sprau Tower
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5338 USA
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