Brock Hall

Modern and Classical Languages

The mission of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages is to teach the languages and cultures of a variety of peoples. The study of languages helps students increase their awareness of the relationship between language and culture while enhancing their academic experience.

Study abroad programs help students experience first-hand the foreign languages and cultures they are studying.

Modern Languages

In the MODERN LANGUAGES (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish), students seek to achieve proficiency appropriate to their level of study in each of the basic skills of living in a language: speaking, writing, listening comprehension, and reading proficiency.


Classical Languages

In the CLASSICAL LANGUAGES (Greek, Latin), students develop reading, writing, and translation skills so they can approach texts that are fundamental to an in-depth understanding of Greek and Roman cultures, the basis of Western Civilization.


Faculty & Staff

Dr. Joshua Davies, Department Head

208E Brock Hall | 423.425.4267


Dr. Lynn Purkey, Associate Dept. Head

105 Brock Hall | 423.425.4147


Matthew Stuckwisch, Language Lab Director


Faculty by language:


Dr. Karen Casebier, Dr. Monica Garoiu



Asami Nakano


Dr. Joshua Davies, Dr. Carl Springer, Kristen KnopickDr. Valerie Rutledge


Juan SantillanaKathy BehlingHilary BrowderDr. Jose-Luis GastañagaDr. Carmen Jimenez, Dr. Edwin Murillo,  Dr. Lynn PurkeyRegina RagonDr. Gabriel SaintusMatthew StuckwischDr. Stephen Walden