Welcome to the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (LLL) at Indiana State University.

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (LLL) offers studies in foreign languages, linguistics, and TESL, as well as language teaching.  Our graduates use their language skills both professionally and in the classroom, and many have chosen to pair an LLL major or minor with another degree program.  

We have dedicated language programs in Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Linguistics, and are currently offering courses in Arabic and Persian.  

INCOMING STUDENTS: Did you take a foreign language in high school or at another college prior to enrolling at ISU? Click here to find out how you can gain credits for your previous coursework and/or get placed into higher-level foreign language courses!

Interested in talking to former LLL Graduates?  Visit our Alumni Mentors page!

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News & Events

Our 2024 Department Newsletter has been released!

We are now accepting applications for our Hybrid MA Program in TESL and Linguistics!

Our MA degree began its first year as a hybrid program in 2021-22, meaning that it will be possible to complete your master's degree completely online! All courses in the program will be offered hybrid, meaning they can be taken in person or online. More information about the program can be found in the video below:



Thank you, Dr. Leslie Barratt, Professor Emerita! Dr. Barratt has issued a challenge of $1000. Help us meet her challenge on Give to Blue Day!
The Department has an array of endowed scholarships available. However, many provide very small awards. When you make a donation to LLL, you can designate a specific scholarship (under Comments in the donation form)

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics is a vibrant place! You can keep it so by giving to the areas that matter to you most. Here’s where your gift might go:

  • Scholarships The Department has an array of endowed scholarships available. However, many provide very small awards. More substantial awards for French, Spanish, Latin, Less Commonly Taught Languages, and Linguistics would benefit students. See the Donate to LLL page for scholarship details.
  • Study Abroad Our degree program requires students to study abroad for at least 6 weeks. Every student needs the extra support to make study abroad a reality. If you are an alum, you know just how important that experience is.
  • Internships We are building our internships for students. Most recently, we partnered with Southern Indiana Education Center for our students to teach English to adult migrant workers at the Melon Acres Farm in … Indiana (see State Magazine Winter 2019). Most internships are unpaid, yet students have costs (especially gas money) to participate.
  • Lingua Franca House is a dedicated floor in Burford Hall for students of languages. Funding for Lingua Franca House will support student activities on the floor. Our long-term goal is to purchase an old fraternity house and open a language house that would allow our students to experience true immersion and a living/learning community dedicated to languages and cultures.
  • Guest speakers Each year the department brings a guest speaker to talk to students about preparing for careers in languages, linguistics, and culture. It is important for our students to hear from professionals, but such events cost the department money for transportation. Perhaps you will be our next guest speaker!