Modern Languages

Discover the world!

Studying a foreign language not only enhances one's life personally and professionally, but it can broaden our appreciation and understanding of the world.  Knowing a foreign language can help prepare students for our everchanging multicultural world.  Combining foreign language skills with other areas such as business, journalism, teaching, nursing, or social work, opens up many career opportunities. 

Our international faculty and staff are experts in areas of foreign language pedagogy, literature, linguistics, and world cultures of the past and present.

  • We offer the following academic programs:
    • Major - Spanish and Spanish Education
    • Minor - German and Spanish
    • Interdisciplinary minor - Asian Studies
    • Beginning and intermediate courses - Spanish, German, and Japanese
  • Education abroad is an important component of our program. Many study abroad opportunities are available for students through UWRF and other UW System campuses.
  • There is an active club for German, Spanish, and Japanese that encourages faculty-student interaction and takes advantage of the diversity of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
  • Our multimedia language lab offers computer stations and digital resources for language students.

Our mission is to expand students' horizons by teaching them new languages and introducing them to cultures of the world. Through our program, students develop skills in comprehension, speaking, and writing. Students will also study history and literature to gain an awareness and appreciation of other cultures' contributions to contemporary society. We emphasize cultural sensitivity and respect alongside critical thinking skills. Students are expected to use their studies to examine differences and similarities between their target culture and their own.

The Modern Languages Department is, therefore, a key component of a liberal arts education and serves the mission of the university by preparing students to become sensitive, responsive and competitive participants in our increasingly diverse society.

Your training in language, phonetics, syntax, and communication strategies will help you in any of the roles listed in the document below.

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UWRF's Tyler Sampson (double major in Spanish Education and TESOL education) studied abroad in Argentina for the 2022-23 academic year.  Learn about Argentina, Latin America, studying abroad, multiculturalism, Buenos Aires, and more at Tyler's website El Yankee en Buenos Aires.

tyler sampson in argentina


Contact Us

Modern Languages
284 Kleinpell Fine Arts 
College of Arts and Sciences

Mailing address:
Modern Languages
University of Wisconsin - River Falls
410 S. 3rd St.
River Falls, WI 54022 US

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