About the School of Languages and Cultures


SLC offers instruction in 15 modern and classical languages and cultures through face-to-face classes on Purdue’s campus, online coursework, and Study Abroad programs. Other curricular options include courses in linguistics, languages for specific purposes (business, engineering, health sciences, etc.), world literatures, cinema, global cuisines, and material culture. The student-to-instructor ratios in SLC classes are relatively small, allowing for more individual attention and promoting the development of communication skills and empathy.

Modeling the public land-grant university’s mission, SLC offers engagement opportunities such as innovative guided research projects, service-learning courses, and community involvement, all of which rely on students’ linguistic and cultural knowledge and skills. Our faculty and lecturers are campus leaders in promoting cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity, and our students become the ambassadors of these values.

SLC programs give students a competitive edge on the job market due to their written and oral language skills and increased cultural awareness. Our graduates succeed in careers as business leaders, entrepreneurs, diplomats, intelligence analysts, administrators of foreign aid programs, research scholars, teachers, translators, military leaders, and community aid workers.

SLC faculty members cover a richly diverse range of research areas and have received international acclaim for their scholarship, as well as many prestigious teaching awards for their performance in the classroom. The following notable scholarly publications are edited by faculty and staff in the department: Proceedings of the Japanese Literary Studies (PAJLS), Purdue Studies in Romance Literatures (PSRL); and Global Business Languages.

One of SLC’s strengths lies in its offerings of classes in languages for specialized purposes. These classes equip students with the practical communication skills they will need for using the target language while studying or traveling abroad, participating in internships, or preparing for globally oriented career paths. Such classes include business and scientific language classes at various levels and languages, as well as Medical Spanish and Spanish for the Professions. Certificates of achievement in languages for specialized purposes are in development and will give students tangible documentation of their practical language coursework; for an example, click here to view the one already available in German.

The Center for Technology-Enhanced Language Learning and Instruction (TELL Center) supports technology-oriented research and development applicable to foreign language instruction. The Center is committed to disseminating and sharing research results and developed products through a variety of channels for the betterment of the field of foreign language education. The Center has developed an online speaking practice/assessment/research platform, Speak Everywhere. It has been fully commercialized by e-Language Learning LLC and is available world-wide. For inquiries, use the Inquiry/Support link of the product website.”

Study abroad is an important part of a language education, and our faculty and staff work in close collaboration with the Office of Programs for Study Abroad to find our students the best university programs in other countries.

We are housed in Stanley Coulter Hall, near the Purdue Bell Tower, and right behind the Lion Fountain. We have several state-of-the-art computer laboratories specially equipped to enhance Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL). We look forward to meeting you and sharing our languages and cultures with you!

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