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Department of Modern Languages

Department of Modern Languages

About Us

Welcome to the IU Northwest Department of Modern Languages, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics

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Knowledge of a second language is a vital and practical skill needed for many careers in business, education, social services, health care, and government in Northwest Indiana and beyond.  Through excellence in classroom teaching, active participation in research, and professional and community service, the Department of Modern Languages aims to equip students with foreign language skills and a positive cultural understanding in order to prepare them for graduate studies, employment, and effective participation in our culturally diverse society.    

Program Highlights

As an integral part of the IU Northwest College of Arts and Sciences, our programs and courses enhance students' understanding of past and present human experience, broaden their awareness of peoples, places, and things on a more universal level, and compel them to think critically about linguistic and cultural norms.

Indiana University’s ample selection of study abroad programs allows students the opportunity to explore new environments and practice a second language more completely, using it in everyday life for an extended period of time.

Career Opportunities

The study of a second language prepares students for careers in teaching, translating, and interpreting.  It is also often an asset to careers in business, government, social work, health services, law enforcement, military services, and the travel industry.  The ability to communicate in a second language can make the difference between acquiring a job or not.

For More Information

Browse the links listed above or download the Departmental Information Sheet for Modern Languages to learn about degree and course requirements, student clubs and activities, and more. To learn more about placement testing in modern languages, please click here.

Visit the official Facebook page for Modern Languages here, and the official Facebook page for Spanish at IU-Northwest here. You can find the official Facebook page for French here.

Thank you for your interest in the Modern Languages Department at IU Northwest!

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Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 - 5:00

Department Chair

Eva Mendieta
 (219) 980-6692
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Secretary

Sherri Sosh
 (219) 980-6714
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Fax Number

(219) 980-6624

Mailing Address

IU Northwest 
Modern Languages Department
3400 Broadway
Hawthorn Hall, Room 471
Gary, Indiana 46408