Laura Vidler, Ph.D.,
Department Chair, Modern Languages and Linguistics
Spanish Program Coordinator
Slagle Hall 306
Laura Vidler, Ph.D. Performance Studies, Golden Age Theatre, Spanish Literature, Spanish Civilization
Angela Helmer, Ph.D. (Spanish & Linguistics), Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Phonetics, Colonial Perú
Robert Turner III, Ph.D. (Spanish), Spanish Literature and Culture, Science Fiction, Golden Age Theater.
Dayana Soto y Caballero de Galicia (Spanish), Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture
Armando Galicia-Silva (Spanish), Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture
Nelson Arana, Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture
The program in Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics provides instruction and advising in Spanish language, literature, and culture at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels to the benefit of students with a variety of curricular and career goals. In cooperation with other departments of the College of Arts and Sciences, with the School of Education of the University of South Dakota, as well as with our partner universities abroad, we are committed to training professionals with a firm command of the Spanish language and with a broad, interdisciplinary background in Spanish culture (including history, literature, and contemporary civilization). Through advising, mentoring, and in cooperation with our international exchange partners, we are dedicated to developing an intercultural awareness in our student population.
A major in Spanish offers a comprehensive survey of Spanish language, literature, and contemporary civilization, and is a rewarding interdisciplinary program of study. In an increasingly multicultural world, graduates proficient in Spanish are sought after by employers in most industries. A major in Spanish will prepare you for a range of careers, including teaching, business, public service, foreign service, graduate school, and academia.
The Lillian Hollingsworth Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship shall be awarded annually to outstanding Spanish majors who have demonstrated excellence and shown interest in the study of Spanish at an advanced level. Recipients must maintain at least a 3.0 (B) average in Spanish Courses.
The Alexander P Hartman Scholarship
This scholarship shall be awarded annually to French and Spanish language majors who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance and interest in advanced levels of study in either language.
- Awards for the above scholarships shall be announced each spring for the following year. If you are a student receiving a Promise Scholarship, the department will automatically submit your application. The departmental scholarship, if awarded, will replace some or all of your Promise Scholarship for the year awarded
The Edward and Helen Greene Modern Languages and Linguistics Travel Fund
This scholarship provides financial assistance to students of modern languages participating in our exchange programs abroad. Candidates shall have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B).
Spanish Major Scholarship
This scholarship provides financial assistance for undergraduate Spanish majors who are enrolled in or accepted by USD and meet all requirements to be a student in good standing.
36 Major Hours, 120 Degree Hours
Students in this major must also complete requirements for a degree in the College of Arts & Sciences .
Students with a high school or other background in Spanish may earn credit by examination for introductory and intermediate level courses. Consult the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics for details.