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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. 

As a Department of Modern Languages graduate, you will:

  • Possess language proficiency
  • Be culturally competent
  • Have the analytical and communicative skills to succeed in any field
  • Be prepared to lead effectively in a wide variety of cultural and professional situations

Your coursework will be broad and diverse and will supplement any graduate degree well. The immediate goal of taking second language course work is to develop your 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 Rob Turner.
    VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will host a humanities research forum this Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m. in the Al Neuharth Media Center. The presentation, featuring assistant professor of Spanish, Rob Turner, is titled, “Going GaGa for Spanish Theater.”
  • 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...
  • “Their report finds that reading and writing, as well as translation, interpretation, and cross-cultural communication, among other skills, are vital in an increasingly globalized world.”

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Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics
Slagle Hall, Room 306
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069


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