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Modern Languages

Department of Languages and Ethnic Studies
Hagg-Sauer Hall 218-755-2880


Faculty

Dr. Blanca Rivera (Chair; brivera@bemidjistate.edu), Mr. Ben Burgess, Ms. Lisa Graefe, Ms. April Larson, Dr. Miriam Rivera-Hokanson, Dr. Anton Treuer, Ms. Xiaovi (Eva) Wang


Areas of Study

Majors and Minors in Modern Languages


Language is more than a mode of communication. It is the primary means of understanding a culture, a people, a way of life. Studying a second language gives us a perspective on our own language and culture, and prepares us to be knowledgeable and competent citizens of the world. In addition, those who undertake the study of languages experience the satisfaction and pleasure of learning what language is and how it works.

While Americans are traditionally viewed as monolingual, other countries routinely include language study as an essential part of a general education. In a world that is increasingly interconnected and interrelated, the development of a globally educated populace is crucial. Second language learning is a vital part of such an education.

Second language study can lead to career positions such as teacher, travel consultant, translator, and international entrepreneur. Languages also constitute an important second skill for many jobs in business, industry, government, and human services, and may be a key to increasing potential for personal growth and advancement.


Preparation

See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation.

Recommended High School Courses
English
Foreign Languages

Second Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisor the option of a second major or minor that might strengthen or complement their major.

Career Directions

Airline Consultant
Bank Consultant/Employee
Education
Export/Import Employee
International Business
Translator
Also: Graduate Study

Credit Requirement

Transfer Students: At least one-third of the credits to be included in the major must be successfully completed at Bemidji State University.


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