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Modern Languages

What is Modern Languages?

Languages have always played an important role in human history and remain essential to the activities of the modern world. Languages underpin social, business, political, and recreational interaction. A knowledge of languages and cultures opens the door to an exciting world of travel, work, and study abroad experiences.

Modern Languages at Augustana

Modern languages at Augustana (French, German, Norwegian) allows students to develop skills in critical thinking, writing, and public speaking. Students can choose from a variety of language, literature, and culture courses, including travel opportunities.

Program Information

Modern Languages is available as a:

  • Area of Study in Creativity and Culture
  • French minor in any program
  • German minor in any program
  • Scandinavian Studies minor in any program

Academic Innovations

All programs at Augustana include a wide-ranging liberal arts Core, taught within our unique “3-11” calendar

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Careers

Knowledge of a foreign language will make you employable both locally and internationally in careers like:

  • Federal Policy Officer
  • International Law
  • Journalist
  • Translator
  • and many more!

Modern Languages AlumnA

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Anne-Marie Jamin (left)
United Nations' International Labour Organization

Had Anne-Marie not taken advantage of an Augustana study-aborad program, she says, she wouldn't be where she is today: working for the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya.

Course Highlights

142 - Viking Age Mythology

A survey of Viking Age / Old Norse mythology and heroic legends, focusing on readings in translation from the Poetic and Prose Eddas. The influence of Old Norse mythology on European and North American visual art, literature, popular culture, and music from the 19th century to the present is also examined.

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252 - Cuban Government & Politics

Survey of Cuban state institutions, political ideas, the Organs of Popular Power, the Communist Party of Cuba, and mass organizations.

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261 - Scandinavian Folk Literature

Introduction to the three major genres of Scandinavian folk literature: the fictional folk tale, the legend, and the ballad. Folk literature as a cultural mirror and the impact of folk literature on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Scandinavian literature are also explored. All lectures and readings are in English.

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301 - Advanced German

Thorough review of German grammar and study of refined stylistics and idioms as represented in selections of twentieth-century short stories. Colloquial expressions presently in use are studied through discussion and audiovisual presentation.

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305 - French Civilization and Culture

French civilization and culture up to the French Revolution as seen from historical, geographical, social, and cultural points of view. The course aims at improving the student's command of oral and written French.

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More courses in the Course Catalogue: French, German, Scandinavian Studies, Spanish

Faculty

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Kim Misfeldt, PhD

Dr. Kim Misfeldt teaches German language, literature and women's studies courses. She has published on Heinrich von Kleist, Mariella Mehr and drama pedagogy.

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Ingrid Urberg, PhD

Dr. Ingrid Urberg teaches Norwegian language and Scandinavian literature and culture courses, and she is also a recipient of the Augustana Distinguished Teaching Award.

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