College of Arts & Sciences Modern Languages & Linguistics


Lakota is one of the three languages spoken by the Oceti Sakowin Oyate, the People of the Seven Council Fires, who are indigenous to the upper Great Plains.  A fundamental element of the culture of the Lakota people, the Lakota language is currently the focus of intensive international efforts at language preservation and revitalization.

We Offer:

  1. Lakota Language Specialization as part of the Native Studies major.
  2. Teaching Minor in Lakota Language from the School of Education

USD offers introductory and intermediate coursework in Lakota language.  A sequence of courses in Lakota linguistics may also be available.  Lakota courses may be used to fulfill a humanities General Education Requirement.  Students pursuing a B.A. Degree in the College of Arts & Sciences may also choose to complete their language requirement with four semesters of Lakota.  

The holdings of the South Dakota Oral History Center (SDOHC) on the USD campus include many original recordings in Lakota by native speakers of the language.

ContactUs  Armik Mirzayan, Assistant Professor
Slagle 301B
(605) 677-3159