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Mission of the Department

The diverse goals of the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies are unified by the common thread of language. The languages and cultures which we embrace are ancient and modern, Eastern and Western, traditional and non-traditional.

MCLS faculty pursue research, teaching and outreach organized around three main functional areas in world languages: Literature/Culture, Pedagogy, and Translation. Programs are offered at the Baccalaureate and graduate levels. The department also serves University-wide curricular needs through lower-division instruction in numerous languages and through other courses that serve as the foundation of a liberal education. Through its curriculum, disseminated research, study abroad programs and volunteer international activities, the Department helps the University meet its goals for outreach in the diverse communities of Ohio, engagement with the global community, cultural diversity on the campus, and preparation of a workforce equipped to serve beyond national boundaries.