Modern Languages hero

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

  • Join us in Custer, South Dakota Oct. 19-21 for the South Dakota World Languages Association Conference. Details and registration information coming soon.

  • Photo of Angela Helmer.
    VERMILLION, S.D. – Angela Helmer, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish in the University of South Dakota Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics, along with scholars from across North and South America and Spain, contributed to a book that explores langu...
  • In April 2019, Spanish major Addie Kaster was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious honor society in the country. Addie also received the Grace Beede award. Spanish/Psychology double major Brianna Harguth was also initiated into Phi Beta Kappa.