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Modern Languages

You can begin this program at an
off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

Gain a broader understanding of different cultures, the literature of their chosen area and the structure and functioning of languages through linguistics.

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Bachelor of Arts - Modern Languages

  • B.A. Four-year
  • B.A. Three-year

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    What is Modern Languages?

    Students choosing the Modern Languages Degree will be combining two (or more) languages in conjunction with courses in linguistics and comparative literature. This allows students to gain a broader understanding of different cultures, the literature of their chosen area and the structure and functioning of languages through linguistics. While the program focuses mainly on actual language learning, many students also discover an entirely new interest in literature or linguistics.

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    Modern Languages: Is it for you?

    • The study of second languages is fundamental for everyone. With globalization progressing at a rapid speed, dealing with people from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds will become increasingly important, both in our professional and personal lives.
    • Canada is a multicultural and multilingual nation. By studying other cultures and languages, we do not only learn about them, but also get a deeper understanding of ourselves. 
    • Knowledge of second languages is important in many undergraduate and graduate programs, and will provide a competitive edge in any career.
    • Small class sizes create a high-quality learning environment that maximizes interaction among students and professors, as well as between peers.
    • Excellent study and work abroad opportunities are available to U of S students and credits earned abroad may be applied to your U of S degree.
    • The University of Saskatchewan French programs offer a great deal of flexibility through diverse course offerings of international, national and provincial importance. Students will study canonical writers and works of historical and global significance as well as francophone writers and works from Saskatchewan and the prairies. Whether students are considering a major or simply a rewarding elective, the program is able to accommodate every level, and build upon existing knowledge of the language.
    • Because class sizes are smaller than in other first year courses, and a second-language provides the ultimate level playing field, students become part of a close-knit community in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. Not only do the professors know their students by name, but they are also able to offer personal interaction both in class and in the francophone community at large.
    • All our French professors are involved in the Fransaskois community, and enhance their classes with trips to French movies, live theatre, musical events, variety shows, conferences and translation slams.
    • In addition to local opportunities to celebrate French and francophone culture, students are encouraged to participate in any one of many study and work abroad programs, including Explore, the federally-funded five-week French Immersion program in Québec and other provinces.

    Sample Classes

    • LING 243: Morphological Patterns in Language
      Investigates the internal structure of words and the rules by which words are formed. Material from a wide variety of languages is drawn upon to explore morphological processes, their relationship to syntactic structures, and to language typology. Practical work in morphological analysis is emphasized.
    • FREN 272: Quebec Society and Culture
      A study of the evolution of Quebec society (history, politics, religion, education, language, literature, song, women's and native rights, etc.) with emphasis on contemporary society.
    • GERM 365: Women Writers in German Literature after 1945
      Study and discussion of Austrian, German and Swiss texts by women, published after 1945, to expand students' literary analytic abilities, cultural and socio-historical perspectives, critical thinking, communicative and writing abilities. Possible topics include: sexism, anti-Semitism, racism, generation conflicts, Germany's Nazi past, the divided country, religion, the economy, environment, gender and identity. Course language: English; readings, seminars and student work in German.

    Career Opportunities

    • Community Relations Director
    • Foreign Service Officer
    • Government Agency Administrator
    • Lobbyist
    • Translator
    • Press Liaison
    • Technical Writer
    • Speech Therapist
    • Editor
    • Author

    Skill Sets Gained

    • Communication skills: written and/or oral
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Critical and analytical thinking
    • Teamwork/Interpersonal skills 

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