Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Mississippi.
We are proud of our outstanding faculty and strong tradition of scholarship and dedication to teaching. The Department is focused on developing in its students very high language proficiencies and this makes its programs somewhat unique in the profession. Our department is committed to undergirding its language programs with sound linguistic and pedagogical principles, as delivered by its programs in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and TESOL. Equally important in the Department are the study of literature, cinema and culture, fundamentally important programs in all serious language departments.
The Department of Modern Languages offers a B.A. in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Linguistics and Spanish. Students may pursue advanced proficiency in a foreign language through classes taken on the Oxford campus or through a combination of courses taken on campus and overseas at one of the university’s study abroad sites. Our department is also home to a Chinese Flagship Language Program, one of only a few such federally-funded critical language programs in the country which train students to be “global professionals of the 21st century” who command ACFTL Superior proficiencies in the language. Undergraduate minors can be pursued in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Linguistics, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Instruction is also currently offered in Swahili.
The department proudly houses chapters of honor societies in the following languages and disciplines, with year of chartering noted: Spanish (Delta Iota, 1957), French (Pi Delta Phi, 1966), German (Delta Phi Alpha, 1967), Russian/Slavic (Dobro Slovo, 1990), Phi Lambda Beta (Portuguese, 1992), Japanese (2011), Italian (Gamma Kappa Alpha, 2014) and International Foreign Language (Phi Iota Sigma, 2015).
In addition to the undergraduate offerings, the Department of Modern Languages offers an M.A. in Modern Languages with specializations in French, German, Spanish, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (AL/TESOL). The M.A. in Modern Languages with specializations in French, German and Spanish consists of advanced coursework in the language, literature and culture of the target language. Students with advanced proficiency in one of these languages may be considered for teaching and/or research assistantships while pursuing their graduate studies. The M.A. with a specialization in TESOL focuses on language teaching pedagogy, linguistics and cross-cultural pragmatics, and interacts with the Intensive English program (IEP), whose academic curriculum is overseen by the department.
Dr. Daniel O’Sullivan, Interim Chair and Professor of Modern Languages
For more complete information on the department’s course offerings and degree programs, please contact us at:
Department of Modern Languages
P.O. Box 1848
University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677-1848