Global Language and Culture (online)

Offered online or on campus, this program provides you with the skills to communicate effectively in global contexts across cultural settings.

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About The Program
College of Arts and Sciences

Global Language and Culture (online)

NOTE: The prefix for all of Northern’s German classes has changed to GLAN (Global Language). When searching for German classes on the Northern State University website or in Banner, please use the GLAN prefix.



In Northern's global language and culture program, you'll be provided with skills and experiences to communicate effectively in global contexts across various cultural settings, becoming an effective participant in a global community. 


This program, offered in person or online, explores research across the curriculum - including sociology, business, history, government, cultural and communication studies, and modern language - to offer a vibrant and accessible curriculum that stays current with global trends and market needs.


This is not a language program, but rather a global cultural studies program that incorporates the practical use of language in a global context. If you major in this program, you will choose one language as your concentration: Chinese, German or Spanish.


A B.A. in global language and culture supplements minors including international business, international studies, sociology, English, communication studies, government, public relations and public history.


Many courses offered in this program double count between majors, which opens the opportunity for you to add a B.A. in global language and culture as a second major. Labs are only required for majors within the program, which opens the opportunity for non-majors to enroll in any non-lab GLC prefix course and have it count toward the 300 level and above credit requirements that must be fulfilled by majors in all programs.



This contextualized learning of languages and culture prepares you to take on a wide variety of professional roles in areas including international business/banking, technology services, immigration services, international student programs, hospitality services, health care services, and embassy support.


We'll work closely with you and our connections to find internships and field experiences that accord with your interests.

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Program Success/Outcomes 

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will communicate and respond to issues (i.e. ethical, political, social, etc.) on a local, national, and/or global level. (Cross-Curricular Skill: Civic Knowledge and Engagement).
  • Students will identify and explain relevance of cultural perspectives. (Cross-Curricular Skill: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity)
  • Students will identify and make connections between cultural artifacts (literature, art, film, digital media, etc.) and their social, historical, or political relevance. (Cross-Curricular Skill: Intercultural
  • Knowledge)
  • Students will determine and analyze perspectives representative of a particular culture. (Cross-Curricular Skill: Inquiry and Analysis)
  • Students will utilize theories of second language development and communicate orally in a foreign language with ample vocabulary, grammatical accuracy, good pronunciation, and fluency. (Cross-
  • Curricular Skill: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity)
  • Students will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills. (Cross-Curricular Skill: Critical and Creative Thinking)
Contact Information 

For more information about this degree, offered on campus and online, call 605-626-2601 or email Dr. Elizabeth Haller, Chair of the Department of English, Communication, and Global Languages, at Elizabeth.Haller@northern.eduOr, contact NSU Admissions at 605-626-2544 or

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