Offered online or on campus, the NSU Global Language and Culture Bachelor's degree program provides you with the skills to communicate effectively in global contexts across cultural settings.

    About The Program

    Format: Online or On Campus


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

    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.



    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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    Contact Information

    For more information about this degree, offered on campus and online, call 605-626-2601 or email Dr. Elizabeth Haller. Or, contact NSU Admissions at 605-626-2544 or

    Kane Anderson

    Ph.D. in Theater Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara

    MFA in Theatre Performance, Arizona State University

    BA in Theatre Arts, University of Pennsylvania


    Dr. Anderson joined the faculty at NSU in the Fall of 2019. Previously, he served as a professor at Hendrix College, Pacific Lutheran University, and the University of Puget Sound.


    His research interests include acting, directing, performance studies, comic studies, and popular culture. Many of his scholarly publications feature his ethnographic research in cosplayers at San Diego’s Comic-Con International. Dr. Anderson is currently working on his book manuscript examining superheroes as iconic performances of Americanism.


    Kane is also an accomplished actor and director who has worked on stages across the country.




    Dr. Lysbeth Em Benkert arrived at Northern State University in the fall of 1995, one year after receiving her Ph.D from Washington State University. 

    Her specializations include rhetorical theory and early modern literature, including Shakespeare. She also teaches creative writing. In addition to her academic scholarship, she has published original poems in a variety of literary magazines and a chapbook titled #girl stuff (Dancing Girl Press, 2018). A second chapbook of poems, Please thank you but why, is forthcoming in February of 2023.

    Kristi Brownfield


    Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale


    Dr. Brownfield joined the NSU faculty in 2015. Her current research looks at deviance and “bad behavior” in online forums devoted to support networks. She recently has published articles on depictions of prisons in film and rural policing on television.


    Courses Taught
    SOC 100  Introduction to Sociology
    OC 281  Socio-Cultural Theory
    CJUS/SOC 485  Capstone
    Other courses offered on a rotational basis


    Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

    Popular culture

    New media research methods

    Online phenomena


    Social psychology, identity, narrative, and deviance

    Juan Gonzalez
    B.A., M.A., University of Utah

    Ph.D, University of Wisconsin - Madison


    Juan M. Gonzalez, originally from Salt Lake City Utah, worked for 18 years as an international public relations specialist/marketing rep for an advertising firm. Part of his responsibilities included making three to four week trips throughout South America and Mexico to meet and greet radio and TV managers and owners. He has worked and lived in every major city in that area.

    An economic downturn in the mid-90s found him without work and consequently he went back to school to complete a BA and MA in Spanish at the University of Utah. He left Utah in 1998 to complete his Ph.D in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin €- Madison, from which he graduated in 2005. Recently, he spent four years teaching Spanish at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado.

    Juan has been teaching at Northern State University in Aberdeen,…

    Elizabeth Haller
    B.A.  University of Northern Colorado
    M.A.  Central Michigan University
    Ph.D.  Kent State University
    Courses Taught
    ENGL 101/201: Composition I & II
    ENGL 213: Backgrounds to Literature
    ENGL 222: British Literature II
    ENGL 230: Literature for Younger Readers
    ENGL 284: Introduction to Literary Criticism
    ENGL 484: Literary Criticism
    ENGL 490: Seminar
    MCOM 210: Basic Media Writing
    MCOM 311: News Editing
    Dr. Haller is a professor of English at Northern, having joined the faculty in 2009. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Northern Colorado (1999), an M.A. in English literature…
    Ginny Lewis
    B.A., Auburn University
    M.A., Ph.D, University of Pennsylvania


    Ginny Lewis website

    Library Cat Translating website


    Dr. Ginny Lewis joined NSU's faculty in 2005.
    Dr. Lewis specializes in 19th-century European Realism and has written extensively on land relations as portrayed in narratives from across the globe. She is especially interested in rural narratives from Central Europe, including Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Romania.
    Dr. Lewis has devoted much time and energy to developing Northern's array of German…
    Liz Sills
    Ph.D. Communication Studies, May 2015, Louisiana State University
      Focus in Rhetoric, Secondary Focus in Performance Studies
      Advisor: Dr. Nathan Crick
      Dissertation Committee: Nathan Crick, Bridgette Davis, Andrew King, Gregory Schufreider
    M.A. Communication Studies, The University of Montana, 2011
      Focus in Rhetoric and Public Discourse, Secondary Focus in Organizational Communication
      Advisor: Dr. Sara Hayden
      Thesis Title: Assessing the balance: Burkean frames and Lil’ Bush
    B.A. Political Science, Transylvania University, 2008
      Advisor: Dr. Don Dugi
       Minor in Communication
    Dr. Liz Sills' work may be found in Comedy Studies, Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication and in the 2013 Eisner…

    M.A., Spanish, Arizona State University

    M.A., Communication, University of North Dakota

    B.A., Spanish and English Philology, Kiev National Linguistic University, Ukraine




    In her Spanish, linguistics, and communication classes, Tetiana (Tanya) White gives students opportunities to develop new and various lenses through which to see themselves and other cultures. She enjoys watching students gain the confidence to speak publicly and carry that skill into their future careers.


    Ms. White’s research interests lie at the intersection of linguistics and communication. Her latest master’s thesis studied critical cultural awareness of students, the structure of their mental lexicon, and their cultural values and beliefs. Her scholarly…