Department of Modern Languages

Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages at Wright State!

We offer majors and minors in French, German, and Spanish; minors in Arabic and Chinese Studies; and introductory Italian.

Our course offerings are fresh and varied, including film and media, literatures, cultures, and languages for professions. We regularly update our curriculum to include diverse perspectives and latest authentic materials from language communities around the world. Through immersive, proficiency-based teaching, we empower you to speak your language of choice from day one and guide you every step of the way as you become confident speakers and writers.

Our award-winning faculty advisors establish close mentoring relationships with the students. We strive to provide you with an optimal curricular path to graduation, and we work on finding study abroad, service learning, internship, scholarship, and extracurricular opportunities that best serve your goals.

We regularly offer faculty-led short-term summer study abroad programs in China, France, Germany, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Many of our students also pursue semester- and year-long study abroad opportunities through the University Center of International Education.

We fulfill the critical need for foreign language teachers through the combined B.A. with licensure in French, German, and Spanish. Our recent graduates pursue M.A. and Ph.D. programs at universities across Ohio and elsewhere. Our graduates work as bilingual doctors, lawyers, business executives, and artists. They teach English and serve in the Peace Corps abroad. We are proud of our alumni, who make a difference locally as well as worldwide.

Learning a foreign language brings innumerable benefits. You will enhance your career choices and marketability, improve your analytical and problem-solving skills, gain fresh perspectives on cultures and communities around the world including your own, and gain new friends.

We encourage you to meet with our faculty advisors, explore our programs, and immerse yourselves in the study of a foreign language.

On behalf of Modern Languages faculty,

Dr. Ksenia Bonch Reeves,
Chair and Professor of Spanish

Success Stories

Jazline Gomez, who majors in psychology and Spanish at Wright State, named her restaurant, Pepe’s Mexican Flavors, after her father.
There’s no place like home. And for Yoon-Jae Yi, a psychology and French major, that place is Wright State University.

Department News

Wright State alumna, faculty member lend Spanish skills at community vaccination clinic

Two members of the Wright State community volunteered to help those in need at a mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

Governor DeWine to address students during Wright State University’s spring commencement ceremonies

Nearly 1,900 students are expected to graduate during Wright State’s spring commencement ceremonies in the Nutter Center on April 30 and May 1.

No small feat

Martha Conkel Nghiem ’16 and her husband seek to revive a historic Dayton gem in St. Anne’s Hill
Dayton couple Martha Conkel Nghiem ’16 and her husband, Tung, took a huge leap of faith to buy a historic Dayton gem — the St. Anne’s Hill Wilhelmina house.

 

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