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Welcome_logo.JPGto the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages.

Our department focuses on three areas: linguistics, cultural studies, and language learning and teaching.  We are dedicated to quality teaching, research and outreach.

The faculty places great emphasis on the education of students, from first-year undergraduates through advanced doctoral candidates and on to active research that not only explores cutting-edge theoretical and applied issues but is also closely linked to educational goals and engages students in the classroom. Collectively, departmental teaching and research reflect continuing concern for the local, national and global community.

By the very interdisciplinary nature of the fields represented in the department, issues of how language reflects the nature of the human mind, how language is acquired, the interaction of language and culture, minority perspectives, diversity and internationalization lie at the center of our activities.


The German Studies program was featured in a State News article focused on the program's commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Article here.

Interview with Professor Hardison

Professor Debra Hardison was interviewed by 

Digital Humanities Project: Kitzinger Jail Release Documents


Eighteen manuscripts (Urfehde-Verschreibungen) dated from 1520-1527 from the European Criminology Collection of MSU Libraries, documenting the release of prisoners from the Margraves of Brandenburg's jail in Kitzingen, Germany. 

Read more here, or visit the site:  


It is with great sadness that we report the death of Professor George Peters on July 8, 2014. George will be remembered as a dear colleague to all of us. He was a wonderful teacher and mentor, a dedicated scholar of German, a caring and effective leader, and a dear colleague to all who had the pleasure of working with him. Read more at: In Memoriam: George Peters

Congratulations to our 2014 Student Award winners

Richard Lee Featherstone Endowed Prize

Kristin McCool, Chinese Major

Board of Trustees Award (highest scholastic average upon graduation)

Kenneth J. Hanson, Linguistics & Japanese Major
Adam R. Liter, Linguistics Major
Heidi M. Little, Linguistics Major

CAL Outstanding Senior Achievement Award

Kenneth J. Hanson, Linguistics & Japanese Major

Alumni Endowed Book Scholarship & Robert L. Fiore Student Book Scholarship

Keegan McCorry, Chinese Major
Corinna Maria Ruth Applegate, German Major

Outstanding Graduating Senior in LGSAAL

Adam R. Liter, Linguistics Major

Outstanding Teaching Assistant in LGSAAL

Kinsey Wethers, MA TESOL

Department Offerings

Programs Languages
Linguistics Arabic Hebrew Persian Thai
TESOL Chinese Hindi Russian Wolof
German Japanese Swahili Vietnamese
Hausa Korean Tamil Zulu


Prof. Terrence Wiley,
"Considerations for Linguistic Landscape Analysis in the midwest with a few lessons from the southwest"

October 15th, 4:00 PM in Wells Hall B-342. Additional information here.

Commemorating 25 Years of the Fall of the WallMauerfall_Logo.jpg

In partnership with the German Embassy, the German program hosted a series of special activities and events on the MSU campus commemorating the fall of the Wall. Click over to the German page for more details!

Congratulations, 2014 Graduates!