Foreign Language


The need to know another language is now a necessity for persons who want to make themselves marketable in today’s global economy. By exposing oneself to foreign languages, individuals not only learn to appreciate and value diversity but also gain a better understanding of themselves.

In BSC’s Spanish program, speakers can experience the power of being able to communicate information, feelings, and ideas in another language. Faculty are committed to help students foster personal confidence and confidence in others by implementing traditional teaching methods and the latest technology to develop foreign language skills required for use in day-to-day tasks.


Students will be placed in the appropriate language course according to the following two guidelines:

  1. Previous foreign study
    • SPAN 101 – No previous foreign language study or up to one year of high school foreign language study
    • SPAN 102 – Two years of recent high school foreign language study (within the past four years)
    • SPAN 201/SPAN 202 – Three to four years of recent high school foreign language study or one year of college foreign language study
  2. A college-level foreign language placement test will be administrated to all students with previous foreign language experience. To make a testing appointment, call Ryan Pitcher at 701-224-5463 or the BSC Testing and Assessment Office at 701-224-5658.


Students who complete the requirements earn an Associate in Arts degree. Spanish courses fulfill the Humanities requirement for BSC graduation and will transfer as humanities to help fulfill university graduation requirements.

Bismarck State College has many cooperative, articulation, or transfer agreements with postsecondary institutions both inside and outside of the North Dakota University System. Some of these agreements are established to allow students to remain on campus as they complete their bachelor’s degree. In all cases, students seeking to transfer after completing a degree at BSC should consult the academic catalog of their destination college and work with their academic advisor to plan for this transition.

Career Opportunities

The study of foreign languages, in combination with another major, provides opportunities in government agencies, the Foreign Service, international business, import-export, banking, or tourism.

Career opportunities include translator, interpreter, and foreign language teacher.