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.
There will be an Open House on Thursday, May 1 from 3–5 p.m. in honor of Dr. Ceci Mafla-Bustamante’s retirement. MacLean Hall, Room 268. Please come and celebrate with us and wish Ceci well in her next adventure!
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]