Global Language and Culture

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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College of Arts and Sciences

Global Language and Culture

In the NSU Global Language and Culture program, you'll be provided with skills and experiences to communicate effectively in global contexts across various cultural settings. 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.


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 you a vibrant and accessible curriculum to keep up with current global trends and market needs, allowing you to become effective participants in a global community.


This is not a language program but rather a global cultural studies program that incorporates the practical use of language in a global context. As a 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 in multiple areas 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.



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

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Choose 12 credits (or equivalent to 4 semesters) in one language minor:

  • Chinese
  • German
  • Spanish

(NOTE: a language minor is 18 credits – only 12 credits of the minor will count toward the major. With completion of the remaining 6 minor credits, the minor will be granted with the major.) 

Choose 4 (12 credits):

  • ANTH 210 Cultural Anthropology  3 credits
  • ENGL 215 Literature in Global Contexts  3 credits
  • GEOG 210 World Regional Geography  3 credits
  • GEOG 320 Regional Geography  3 credits
  • LING 435 Second Language Development  3 credits
  • POLS 250 Introduction to International Relations  3 credits
  • POLS 440 Comparative Government  3 credits
  • POLS 454 International Law and Organization  3 credits
  • CMST 470 Intercultural Communication  3 credits

Choose 4 (12 credits):

  • GLC 300 Transcultural Digital Literacies 3 credits
  • GLC 301 Global Health and Nutrition 3 credits
  • GLC 302 Global Identities 3 credits
  • GLC 303 Cinema in International Contexts 3 credits
  • GLC 304 Ethnic Conflict and Nationalism 3 credits
  • GLC 305 Comedy, Humor, and Culture 3 credits
  • EXCH 389 Student Exchange – International 4 credits (NOTE: students taking EXCH 389 will study abroad in a country whose predominant language is the language chosen for this major)

Choose 4 Language Labs (4 credits):

(NOTE: students taking EXCH 389 will choose 3) 

  • GLC 300L Transcultural Digital Literacies 1 credit
  • GLC 301L Global Health and Nutrition 1 credit
  • GLC 302L Global Identities 1 credit
  • GLC 303L Cinema in International Contexts 1 credit
  • GLC 304L Ethnic Conflict and Nationalism 1 credit
  • GLC 305L Comedy, Humor, and Culture 1 credit

Each GLC language lab is offered in Chinese, German, and Spanish. Students will enroll in the lab associated with the language chosen for this major. Because all labs are taught exclusively in the language (Chinese, German, Spanish), all Global Language and Culture majors must first complete two semesters in the language before enrolling in the lab sections or receive instructor approval. Labs cannot fulfill language minor requirements. 


Each lab covers the topic of its accompanying non-lab GLC course as it pertains to the countries whose primary language is associated with the lab section. The intent is for students to practice and further their language skills and expand their knowledge of the countries and cultures that speak the language. 


Total: 40 credits

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, 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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