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Modern Languages & Linguistics
Dakota Hall, Room 319
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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Welcome to the Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics

Studying a new language involves learning new skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Language learners also gain knowledge of other cultures and exposure to a wide range of literature and art. 

Our faculty are enthusiastic, friendly, and dedicated instructors who care about learning with, and not lecturing at, students. With small classes and faculty who provide individualized attention, our students gain language proficiency and explore the literature and cultural practices of the peoples who speak your chosen language. We offer service-learning experiences and research opportunities that expand our students’ language, critical thinking, and writing skills. In this interconnected world, graduates are engaged members of the global community and poised to excel in careers that require cultural understanding and knowledge.

Join our community of mentors, adventurers and researchers in the USD Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics.


Meet the Department

Our faculty in the Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics have consistently earned awards for their teaching and scholarship. Our faculty are experts in their fields, contributing to research in Spanish literature and theater, German language and culture, foreign language pedagogy, Russian language and culture, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and phonetics.
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Robert Turner III

Chair, Mod Lang/Professor
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Nathan Bates

Associate Professor of Practice
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Angela Helmer


Known for Excellence

At USD, you'll find a high quality educational experience strengthened by our faculty's research and creative scholarship. See what makes our department exceptional.

Student Opportunities

Explore the variety of opportunities and resources available to modern languages and linguistics students.

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Gallagher International Center

The Gallagher International Center oversees the university's international affairs, including programs and resources such as study abroad, international admissions and international student services.

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Study Abroad

Supplement your education by taking advantage of our exchange partnerships in Germany and Spain. You can also embark on a number of short-term, faculty-led programs during the summer in other locations. 


Success Story

Success story Gabrielle Metzger smiling.
I love languages, which led me to add on studying German and English. I went to law school after graduating from USD and specialized in international law at Georgetown Law, graduating in 2021. My advisors helped me apply for law school, and my German advisor served on my honors thesis committee, as my thesis was written in both German and English.

Gabrielle Metzger

B.A. German, English, Political Science '18
Clerkship, South Dakota Supreme Court
Pierre, South Dakota

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