Modern Languages

Program Information

A Unique, Two-Language Major

Augustana Faculty's degree in Modern Languages, a two-language major, provides students with the opportunity to learn and study in an immersion program, as well as obtain vital skills in critical thinking, writing and public speaking. The Modern Languages major enhances and supports all academic disciplines, making it an ideal choice for pairing with other majors or minors such as physical education, history, political studies, economics, music or science. It also offers many added benefits including studies in business language, women's studies, applied stylistics and translation techniques.

Immersion Opportunities

The immersion requirement of the Modern Languages program gives students the opportunity to obtain a minimum of six credits in an immersion setting. Immersion enriches 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. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the exciting immersion opportunities available to them.

Extra-Curricular Language Activities on Campus

Weekly language lunches and language clubs provide students with opportunities to experience the languages and cultures in informal settings. The Modern Languages Program gives senior language students the opportunity to assist other students in their language learning by working in the language lab.

Program Requirements

For specific information about the Modern Languages program requirements and courses, please review Augustana's sections of the current Academic Calendar, available on-line and in PDF format.


Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus with a B.A. in Modern Languages develop skills as Thinkers, Researchers and Communicators.


  • achieve proficiency in speaking, listening, writing, reading, and intercultural competence in at least two of the following languages:  French, German, Norwegian, Spanish.
  • participate in immersion language experiences in their target languages (in Quebec, France, Germany, Norway, Cuba).
  • think critically and independently both in and outside of classroom settings.
  • communicate confidently in their target languages.
  • participate in experiential learning as an integral part of language learning.
  • interact (read, discuss, perform etc.) with a broad range of literary texts and in so doing achieve literary competence.
  • develop a global perspective, recognizing that learning about another culture, whether through a direct immersion experience or exposure to its literature, artistic production (film, theater, music, etc.) or political history, enables us to better understand ourselves as well as humanity in all its diversity.
  • communicate effectively  in personal,  professional and other spheres of life.
  • embrace life-long learning.