May 31, 2023  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Modern Languages and Linguistics Department

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Department Chairperson: Robert Turner III, Ph.D.

Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics
Dakota Hall, Room 319
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-658-3755



Angela Helmer, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles. Specialization: Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Phonetics, Colonial Peru.

Associate Professor:

Robert Turner III, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. Specialization: Spanish Literature and Culture, Science Fiction, Golden Age Theater.

Modern Languages and Linguistics courses support many graduate degree programs.

Courses are available to graduate students in:


Program Description

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.

Although the Department does not offer graduate degrees, graduate coursework is available in  German, Spanish and Linguistics for interested students, and for students whose programs include a modern languages requirement. 



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