Jul 02, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Modern Languages and Linguistics Department

Robert L Turner III, Interim Chair, Modern Languages and Linguistics
306 Slagle Hall
(605) 677- 5357




Angela Helmer, Ph.D. (French Coordinator, Spanish & Linguistics), Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Phonetics, Colonial Perú

Associate Professors:

Armik Mirzayan, Ph.D. (Lakota & Linguistics), Phonetics and Phonology, Lakota, Quechua, American Indian Languages, Language Structures
Robert Turner III, Ph.D. (Spanish), Spanish Literature and Culture, Science Fiction, Golden Age Theater


Nathan Bates, Ph.D. (German Coordinator)


Dayana Soto y Caballero de Galicia (Spanish), 19th century Spanish realist novel, identity in Spanish First Modernity, Spanish and Spanish-American cinema and drama 
Armando Galicia-Silva (Spanish), Colonial Spanish-American literature and culture, Colonial Nahuatl literature, Ius Gentium and human rights. 

Adjunct Instructors:

Ilmira Dulyanova (Russian Language) Literature and Culture
Sandra Mercado de la Fuente (Spanish)


Susan Wolfe, Ph.D. (Linguistics) Linguistics, English 
István Gombocz, Ph.D. (German), German Language, Literature and Culture 


German, B.A.
Spanish, B.A.


Latin American Studies
Russian Studies

The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics develops 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. 

The study of modern languages, linguistics, and cultures not only improves your ability to communicate with others, but also broadens your world-view. Speakers of more than one language are creative and analytical problem-solvers, work well in teams, and are able to see multiple perspectives of an issue. This ability to analyze, communicate, and navigate other cultures makes language majors especially highly regarded in business, education, medicine, law, government, law enforcement, tourism, and the arts.

The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics offers majors in German and Spanish. Students wishing to satisfy the language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree may do so in any of the aforementioned languages, or in Lakota, Russian, Latin (offered through the History Department’s program in Classics), or languages such as Arabic when available. Students may elect to minor in German, Latin American Studies, or Spanish. Teaching majors and teaching minors are offered in German, Lakota (minor only), Modern Foreign Languages (K-12) Teaching (German minor only), and Spanish. Students who wish to expand their knowledge of the world by living in a foreign culture may take advantage of exchange opportunities in many countries; more information is available from the Center for Academic and Global Engagement . Student exchange programs currently exist with the Carl von Ossietzky Universität, Oldenburg, Germany; the Friedrich Schiller Universität, Jena, Germany; the University of Pau, France; the Pázmány Péter Catholic University of Hungary; and the University of Vigo, Spain. 


Please contact the department for additional information about available scholarships and awards. Also see the College of Arts & Sciences  for college level scholarships.

  • Alexander P. Hartman
  • Constance Hampl Scholarship
  • Edward & Helen Greene Modern Language Travel
  • Erwin R. Behrendt Scholarship
  • Languages & Linguistics Department Scholarship Fund
  • Lillian M. Hollingsworth Memorial Scholarship
  • Phyllis McQuillen Modern Languages Scholarship
  • Spanish Major Scholarship