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Your understanding of other languages and cultures makes you a more informed citizen and can provide you with a marketable skill. 

Our programs develop graduates with language proficiency, cultural competence and the analytical and communicative skills to succeed in any field. We enable our students to lead effectively in a wide variety of cultural and professional situations.

Our course work is broad and diverse and supplements any graduate degree well. The immediate goal of taking second language course work is to develop the students' proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as culture of a foreign country.

In an increasingly multicultural world, graduates proficient in a second or third language are sought after by employers in most industries. Our grads are at work in education, government, business, social services, healthcare and many other fields.

News in Brief

  • Photo of volunteers at income tax clinic providing Spanish translation services.
    VERMILLION, S.D. – Beginning next fall, the University of South Dakota’s Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics will enroll students in a new graduate-level certificate program in Spanish translation to help meet the region’s need for professional...
  • Cutler Award Winner Laura Vidler

    VERMILLION, S.D. – Laura Vidler, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics, earned the Richard and Sharon Cutler Faculty Awards in Liberal Arts presented annually to faculty who advance liberal arts education through teaching and research over a three-year span.

  • "...word meanings don’t match up precisely across languages. This has important implications for international business and relations, but it’s something that is masked if we take translations at face value."

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