Modern Languages & Classics

We are a large and diverse department with students and faculty from all around the world, including approximately 240 majors and 650 minors studying Arabic, Chinese, Classical Cultures, French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish.

Most people in the world do not speak English as their native language and the study of world languages and cultures helps us gain a better knowledge of the multicultural modern world in which we live. The Department of Modern Languages and Classics is a gateway to opportunity and success in today’s interconnected world. Mastering another language can enhance employability in a wide range of fields, from business to journalism to healthcare. Just like us, almost every industry today is diversifying linguistically and culturally.

Of course, language and culture studies can also enrich people’s lives outside of the classroom. Modern Languages and Classics faculty are dedicated to helping every learner achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals. We believe small classes are key to helping language students excel in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cross-cultural awareness and communication.

Studying another language or culture helps students to expand their worldview, develop cross-cultural understanding, improve communication skills, enhance self-awareness, and increase employment opportunities. Languages truly open doorways to the world!

Your donations to the Department of Modern Languages and Classics will support us by funding scholarships and activities that will enrich our education and enhance our understanding of the world around us. Thanks to you, we, the students here in MLC, will be able to break down language barriers around the world.

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6,323 Gifts Unlocks $3,000 for the Multicultural Center
Upon receiving 6,323 gifts, $3,000 will be unlocked for the new Multicultural Center!
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Unlock $3,000 for Student Emergency Aid
Upon receiving 6,323 gifts (beating last year's total number of gifts), $3,000 will be unlocked for Student Emergency Aid!
6,323 / 6,323 Gifts
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5 Hours, 5 Areas, $1,000 Each
The 5 areas that raise the most money from 7pm-Midnight will each receive $1,000!
Rank Prize Department Raised
1 $1,000 Athletics $30,956.02
2 $1,000 Theatre & Dance $17,061.74
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy $9,981.41
4 $1,000 College of Architecture & Planning $4,541.68
5 $1,000 Center for Information & Communication Sciences $4,046.26
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Academic Department Leaderboard
The three academic departments with the most gifts by midnight will receive $8,000, $4,000 and $2,000 in challenge funds respectively.
Rank Prize Academic Department Gifts
1 $8,000 Theatre & Dance 1,500
2 $4,000 Communication Studies 463
3 $2,000 School of Music 315
4 Modern Languages & Classics 230
5 Miller Business Honors Program 217
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College Leaderboard
The three colleges with the most gifts by midnight April 6 will receive $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 respectively.
Rank Prize Colleges Gifts
1 $3,000 College of Fine Arts 1,899
2 $2,000 College of Communication, Information, and Media 1,292
3 $1,000 Teachers College 952
4 College of Sciences and Humanities 876
5 Miller College of Business 467
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Noon Challenge
The department/unit/team that has the most donors by noon receives $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Department, Unit, or Team Donors
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 377
2 Athletics 329
3 The Ball State Fund 161
4 Student Scholarships 109
5 College of Architecture & Planning 102
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Most Donors Challenge
The department/unit/team that has the most donors by midnight will receive $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Areas Donors
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 1,023
2 Athletics 888
3 Indiana Academy 261
4 School of Music 191
5 College of Architecture & Planning 187
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Top 5 Donor Challenge
The five units with the most donors by midnight will each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 1,023
2 $1,000 Athletics 888
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy 261
4 $1,000 School of Music 191
5 $1,000 College of Architecture & Planning 187
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Evening Leaderboard
The needs of our students are greater than ever! The five areas with the most donors between 8pm-11pm will each receive $1,000 for their area!
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 323
2 $1,000 Athletics 169
3 $1,000 Miller Business Honors Program 81
4 $1,000 Indiana Academy 62
5 $1,000 Spectrum 61
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$500
Modern Languages & Classics Chair Challenge
Department Chair Elizabeth Riddle will donate $500 to Modern Languages & Classics if alumni and faculty donations reach $500!
$500 / $500 Raised
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Dean Maureen McCarthy Challenge
Dean McCarthy will give $500 to the College of Sciences & Humanities department with the most unique number donors.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $500 English 80
2 Geography 72
3 History 56
4 Modern Languages & Classics 42
5 Philosophy and Religious Studies 31
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