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Learn a language, connect to the world

Want a greater understanding of other cultures and yourself? Learn a new language! It’s challenging and eye-opening. It prepares you for interesting careers and travel. And it improves your communication skills in both your native and studied languages.

Typical careers for students who speak foreign languages are in fields like government and humanitarian causes, international business, law enforcement, health care, social work, education, and hospitality.

Why choose Normandale to study languages?

Normandale has the largest world languages program among the community colleges in the

Minnesota State system. We offer a minimum of four semesters in each of the following languages:  Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Somali, and Spanish.

Enjoy a course or two. Earn an AA degree with a language emphasis. Effortlessly proceed to a four-year university to earn a language degree through the Minnesota State Pathways Curriculum.

Benefits of our World Languages program include:

  • Experienced instructors including native speakers.
  • Language-focused travel courses.
  • Cultural courses offered in all six languages.
  • Active language clubs.
  • French and Spanish courses offered beyond the intermediate level.
  • A two-course sequence of Spanish for Educators.

See below for related international and language programs.


Study French and enjoy learning about their arts, literature, and daily life and culture.


Learn to speak, read and write Spanish and earn a Spanish Pathway Degree.


Study the language of German-speaking peoples and compare their culture to yours.


Learn Somali to effectively communicate with neighbors, colleagues and clients.


Study Japanese and and find out about their ancient civilization and traditions.


Learn Mandarin Chinese for careers in international business, translation and interpreting.

Contact Information

Heidi Kreutzer, Department Chair

World Languages- Spanish

C 2130

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