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    The Department of Languages and Cultures offers courses and activities for students in Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). As a part of language acquisition, we place a particular emphasis on helping students gain advanced oral proficiency in these languages while developing a concern for, awareness of, and appreciation of the diversity of local, international, and global cultures. We prepare students to excel as teachers of foreign and second languages and foster their study of linguistics and language acquisition. All of our course offerings are at the undergraduate level, except for TESL where students can gain a Master’s Degree. Language acquisition is a crucial part of a liberal education, enriching the intellectual and social lives of individuals.

    Students are highly encouraged to participate in study abroad opportunities offered through the department, including international exchange programs in China and Spain. Our faculty lead short-term study abroad trips to help students have immersive cultural experiences while developing advanced fluency and cultural competence. In the past these programs have taken students to China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Spain, Japan and Mexico over Spring Break or during the summer. The department also sponsors Chinese, Japanese and Spanish language clubs providing students with extracurricular activities that promote cultural awareness, community service, and interaction with native speakers.


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  • 18th Annual Unity Conference, April 16-17

    The 18th Annual Unity Conference “Our Historia: Latina/os Making History” will take place April 16-17 at the CMU. The conference begins Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. with a keynote speech delivered by Dr. Jason Ruiz, University of Notre Dame, titled, “Americans in the Treasure House: What the History of Travel to Mexico Can Teach [...]

    Spanish major awarded Sigma Delta Pi’s Study Abroad Scholarship

    Jenna Polley, a junior from Park Rapids, Minn., majoring in Spanish, was one of 11 recipients of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi’s, study abroad scholarship for the summer of 2014. Polley was chosen from dozens of applicants from the more than 600 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi at Universities throughout the [...]

    Upsilon Sigma inducts eight new members

    The Upsilon Sigma chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society at MSUM inducted eight new members on February 6, 2014. Those inducted were: Eric Bares, Peggy Morken, Kelly Mulvaney, Jordan Pinneke, Jenna Polley, Shannon Sitz, Katy Tellinghuisen and Cecelia Winter. These students were recognized for their devotion and commitment to Spanish [...]

    MSUM Hosted Boy Scouts for “Merit Badge University”

    Close to 200 Boy Scouts converged on the MSUM campus Saturday, Nov. 23 to work on merit badges. Named the “Merit Badge University” this is an event held annually at one of the three universities in the area to give scouts work on the badges that assist them in their trail toward the Eagle Rank. [...]

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