Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

Welcome from our Chair

Welcome to MLCS! While summer months mean quieter hallways in the Arts building, things are no less busy in MLCS. Many of our faculty members and graduate students are knee-deep in research, pursuing plans laid out at the end of winter term. For some this means contemplative work behind closed office doors, for others, travels to far flung locations. Our commitment to undergraduate education also does not end with the lengthening of days. Undergraduate spring and summer courses are now nearly completed and study abroad programs offering undergraduate students their first taste of what it is like to experience language and culture first-hand are wrapping up.

In the academic calendar, summer is a time when the university community takes a collective breath and stops to take stock of accomplishments over the past academic year and refuel. For me, this moment is one of exciting transition as I begin my term as MLCS Chair. While I take time to reflect on the events, growth, and transformations in the department over the year, I also begin to sense the possibilities and look excitedly to the future of our MLCS community.

Please explore our department through the links on the left-hand side of the page, which will take you to more information about our people, undergraduate and graduate programs, study abroad options, our courses, on-going research projects, journals, and more. 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 studies in MLCS may take you!

Carrie Smith-Prei
Chair, Department of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies
University of Alberta