The Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (MLCS) is strongly committed to excellence in the research and teaching of literatures, cultures and languages and has a rich array of specialists in applied linguistics, culture, folklore, language and literature. Our wide variety of academic programs, both undergraduate and graduate, encourage cultural literacy and multilingual proficiency.

Our Vision

The Department of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies plays an integral role in promoting multilingual proficiency and intercultural understanding to prepare students for life and work as professionals in a global environment and as citizens in a multicultural society.

Embodying diversity in languages, cultures and communities.

Welcome from our Chair

Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies!

In MLCS, we bring together the study of individual languages with a wide range of interdisciplinary, transnational, and comparative approaches to the study of culture. We are committed to fostering an equitable culture of inclusivity, where diversity in all of its forms is acknowledged, respected, and made integral to the fabric of our community. Please read our diversity and inclusivity statement, signed by our department members in January 2018, in English and a selection of translations.

Our undergraduate and graduate students pursue interests in applied linguistics, culture studies, folklore, literature, media studies, or translation not only in the classroom, but also in our local cultural communities in Edmonton, in places near and far around the globe, and in the virtual world of digital spaces. We are known across campus for our student-centred approach to teaching and our faculty members, instructors, and graduate students alike are recognized yearly for their teaching excellence with Arts and University-wide awards. We also work closely with other units on campus such as Community Service-Learning, the Centre for Teaching and Learning, and the University of Alberta International to remain at the forefront of engaged, experiential learning locally and at our study-abroad locations.

Fitting to the many disciplines and areas in our department, MLCS researchers are involved in a dizzying array of topics, with projects that include medieval Icelandic verse, 17th century Quebec plays, fashion from Moscow to New York, the biomedical body in Canadian fiction, Indigenous languages in Mexico, language communities in social media use, digital fiction, feminist activism, and translating civic documents for immigrants in Edmonton, just to name a few. Our researchers have gained recognition for this cutting-edge scholarship, receiving major national and international grants and research awards. For a look at the wide range of research projects being undertaken currently by scholars in MLCS, please take the time to explore the Research section of this website as well as the individual profiles of the members of our community under People.

Whether you are just setting out on your academic journey as an undergraduate student, taking the next step in your career as a graduate student, or are a community member or alumnus interested in learning more about what is happening in MLCS, you will find a vibrant home in the Arts Building. I invite you to explore our department through the links on the left-hand side of the page. Here, you will find more information about our people, undergraduate and graduate programs, study abroad options, our courses, on-going research projects, journals, events and research colloquia, and more. If you are a new undergraduate student in MLCS you may also request to join our mailing list.

Please come back often to see news of MLCS and accomplishments of our department's members. Better yet: stop on by Arts 200 to discuss all of this in person and find out where in the world MLCS may take you!