Modern Languages and Linguistics

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 Kris Knisely with pie.
    VERMILLION, S.D. – Students in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics’ French and Francophone Culture through Cuisine course gave a unique final presentation to students and staff at the Native American Cultural Center last Wednesday, April 26.
  • 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.

  • MLL supports all types of language learning. We have courses in Lakota, French, German, Spanish, and Russian, but yesterday is a good occassion for us to invite you to learn a little bit of Hebrew as well:' Shana Tova!

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


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