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Senate Chair aiming to serve as faculty's voice - Prof. Patricia Hart - as seen in Purdue Today 9/8/14

Language Majors and Salaries: The News is Very Good - "The Liberal Arts Majors That Pay the Most"

Spanish instructor leverages online video to enhance students' language skills - as seen in Purdue Today 8/29/14

"Bridging Cultures/Muslim Journeys - Persepolis"

Movie Screening, September 15, 2014
6:30pm West Lafayette Public Library

Discussion, September 18, 2014 6:30pm West Lafayette Public Library

International Herder Conference September 8-10, 2014

Amazing China 

September 20, 2014 7:00 pm Loeb Theater

"Teaching the Past: Dissenting Histories in the Classroom"

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Danielle Allen
Click HERE for poster.

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SLC Faculty Colloquium

SLC organizes a Faculty Colloquium Series of three lectures per semester.  These lectures are an opportunity for our faculty and invited speakers to present and discuss their current research projects.  Please contact Dr. Jessica Sturm ( for more information.

September 9, 2014 Masha and Bear(s): a Russian palimpsest
by Olga V. Lyanda-Geller, Ph.D., Continuing Lecturer in Russian

Please check the Film Events page for current and upcoming film events in SLC!

SLC Employment information

The School of Languages and Cultures (formerly the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures) offers study in the following areas: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, Classics, French, German, Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Linguistics, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

We are organized into five Departments which manage their respective academic and engagement activities:
The Department of American Sign Languages, Arabic, Classics (includes Ancient Greek and Latin) Biblical and Modern Hebrew, and Italian (“ACHI”) 
The Department of East Asian Languages (Chinese and Japanese) 
The Department of French 
The Department of German and Russian 
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese 

We are pleased to welcome American Sign Language as a new member of the School of Languages and Cultures effective Fall 2014.

Undergraduate majors and minors are currently available in Classics, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.  Minors in Arabic, Chinese and Portuguese are also available. Minors and “double majors” in a world language are especially popular with Purdue undergraduates. 

The School of Languages and Cultures offers literature and linguistics track options for Masters and Doctoral programs in FrenchGerman, and Spanish; and a Masters degree in second language acquisition/pedagogy for Japanese. Our faculty members enjoy a well-deserved reputation for excellence in research. SLC sponsors a monograph series in romance literatures, and is the source of two scholarly journals  For more information, see the Publications page.


School of Languages and Cultures
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West Lafayette, IN 47907-2039
Phone (765) 494-3828
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