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Modern & Classical Languages
Hoyt Hall 219
Dept. 3603
1000 E. University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-4177
Fax: 307-766-2727
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About the Department

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages offers beginning to advanced instruction in eight languages, including Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.

The department consists of more than twenty full-time and part-time faculty. Members of the department work with language teachers throughout the state and the world, taking part in language festivals, workshops, conferences, and incentive programs. The department also supports student exchange programs with universities in China, Japan, France, Germany, Russia, Mexico, and Spain. Students can study independently in nearly any country.  The department's group study abroad programs allow students the opportunity to apply their classroom skills--and eat all those strange meals they kept imagining from class!

Our language laboratory includes the latest computer technology, and we support all major forms of media for student use and video facilities for videos and films from around the world -- of particular advantage for self-paced study and tutorial assistance. A video theater in the lab area is available for class meetings and occasional departmental film series.

The H. Dickman Collection (Cinematheque et Videotheque) provides the department with a valuable, on-campus resource. This collection contains more than 400 full-length foreign films, which can be loaned to faculty and students as well as schools throughout Wyoming.  Our foreign DVD collection is growing and we have begun digitizing our films to make them more transportable and easier to view.

The Department is proud to host Mexican fiction writers in Laramie. These visiting authors spend time with undergraduate and graduate students and speak to them in Spanish. Previous guests include Ernesto Murguía (who learned to ride a horse during his trip) and Bernardo Fernández (BEF). Bef was so impressed with us that his latest crime novel, Cuello blanco (2013), ends in Laramie and mentions UW! Upcoming Mexicans who will Skype with UW students for class include children's authors Karen Chacek and Mónica Brozon, both prolific masters of the genre.

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