Modern Languages

Available as a Major in:
Bachelor of Arts program.

Available as a Minor in:

Any program.


Why Study Modern Languages?

Language has always played an important role in human history, and remains essential to the activities of the modern world. In the global setting, languages are essential for social, business, political, and recreational interaction. Knowledge of languages and cultures opens the door to an exciting world of travel, work, and study abroad experiences.

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Augustana Faculty's Modern Languages Courses

Augustana Faculty's modern languages courses provide students with the opportunity to learn critical thinking, writing, public speaking, and to study in an immersion program. Modern language courses enhance and support all academic disciplines, making them an asset when taken alongside courses such as physical education, history, political studies, economics, music or science.

Immersion Opportunities

Immersion opportunities in modern languages enrich a student's understanding of both language and culture through active participation. Augustana also provides an option for students to live in an immersion in-residence setting.

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Augustana Faculty's graduates with backgrounds in modern languages are highly skilled communicators, researchers, and thinkers!

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  • Express yourself in a concise and articulate fashion about a wide range of topics in oral and written form. You will gradually move beyond the concrete level to the abstract and theoretical.
  • Present to a group on a wide variety of topics in at least two languages, in addition to English. Multiple oral presentations are a part of all language courses and many literature and culture courses.
  • Understand and use nuances and cultural sub-texts while reading, writing, and speaking.
  • Engage in team work and community building in the classroom and beyond.

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  • Construct research questions from multiple disciplinary perspectives, including some or all of the following: film, literature, cultural geography, environmental studies, drama, and second language pedagogy. You will be able to think critically about constructions of race and gender during your studies as well.
  • Ask research questions from the personal to societal levels.
  • Locate and evaluate scholarly and popular secondary sources in multiple languages.


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  • Recognize and appreciate diverse perspectives on political, social, and cultural issues.
  • Think critically about cultural stereotypes.
  • Analyze texts in a wide variety of genres - from popular to scholarly, from cultural to literary - from different theoretical perspectives.
  • Reflect on language learning processes and opportunities.
  • Understand the fluidity of multilingual identities.