• Modern Languages Program

    Becoming fluent in another language opens up a world of opportunities. Students of foreign language can travel easily, obtain careers in a variety of fields, increase their global understanding, and meet people from around the world. Hamline offers majors and minors in French, German, and Spanish, and a minor in Chinese Certificates of proficiency also are available for students who wish to develop communication skills and cultural awareness for basic professional purposes. Additionally, those who want to broaden their understanding of language often pair their language major with Hamline’s linguistics minor.

    Through their study of another language, students develop critical skills in analytical thinking, close reading, written and oral communication, and interpersonal and multicultural relations. In addition to language courses, students study history, culture, politics, and literature. The Department of Modern Languages encourages students to collaborate on professional research with faculty members. Students often present their findings at national conferences where they network with professionals in their field. Internships also are stressed. Language majors have found opportunities in teaching, nonprofit work, business, politics, and law. Foreign language students also are good candidates for Hamline’s certificate in international journalism, through which they intern at a media outlet abroad. Many language majors also pursue Minnesota teaching licensure through Hamline’s education department.

    Study abroad is an excellent way to increase fluency in a language. Hamline students study abroad in more than 40 countries. The department works closely with students to help them choose the most appropriate study abroad program for their goals and interests. Professors also facilitate interaction with Amity Scholars and other native speakers.

    Modern language fluency prepares students for a variety of careers. These include:

    Interpretation and translation 
    Nonprofit work 
    Peace Corps 
    Foreign Service 
    International law

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    MODL 1010: The Language Phenomenon 

    Students will develop an understanding of language, the uniquely human enterprise. The course will focus on the English language, which students will learn to describe: its sound patterns, its forms, its meanings, and its structural patterns. They will determine how languages are born, evolve, and die and discern how first and second languages are acquired. 

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    Hamline was named a top Fulbright producing university with 23 students earning Fulbrights in the past 15 years.

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    Tara Stephanson graduated in 2009 and was awarded the Fulbright.