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The Department of Modern Languages transforms students’ lives through instruction and mentorship, participation in critical dialog and the promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity. Engagement with language, literature and culture raises global awareness and develops inclusive communities; our degree program cultivates linguistically capable, culturally competent and intellectually inquisitive individuals. This endeavor supports students’ community involvement, lifelong learning and transferable skills for professional success in diverse fields of our global economy.

Program Options

Option I—requires a minimum of 42 semester hours in one of the following languages: French, German or Spanish; a minor is required as well.

Option II—requires a minimum of 60 semester hours in a combination of two modern languages: French, German or Spanish or Italian as a secondary option; no minor is required.

Introductory and intermediate programs in Japanese and Chinese are available as well, and minors in Asian cultural studies are in development. Students also may choose to combine their degree with K–12 teaching licensure.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

The Department of Modern Languages offers a unique degree plan that combines academic rigor with extra- and co-curricular programming that meets the needs of MSU Denver’s 21st century language students. Our students have the following unique opportunities:

• Benefit from small, interactive classes and one-on-one mentoring and advising from experienced and award-winning faculty.

• Gain valuable experience through internships that use and expand foreign-language skills and help jump-start your career.

• Study abroad for credit hours and life-changing experiences! We offer programs in France, Spain, Mexico, Perú and Italy.

• Take advantage of language clubs and honor societies, nationally renowned guest speakers, social activities and more.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in modern languages prepares students for graduate school or for a variety of career options in both public and private sectors. Professionals in almost every career field—education, law enforcement, social services, hospitality, health care and more—benefit from the cultural competence and communicative skills that students learn while earning a degree in foreign language. In addition, multinational corporations increasingly need employees with foreign-language skills to navigate international transactions and work as translators.

Hear from our students:

“My language courses at MSU Denver provided me with a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and cultural awareness. Classes were always well organized, interesting and challenging. Furthermore, the faculty’s knowledge and guidance helped me pursue my studies successfully and helped me achieve my goal of becoming a French-to-English translator.”

—Dawn O’Connor (BA in modern languages 2010), MA, BS, RN

Alumni at Work

• Our graduates have been hired by international businesses including EF Tours (a widely used educational travel company) and Word Class (a translation agency in Paris).

• Nonprofit organizations and schools in Colorado and elsewhere seek out our graduates; several have become master teachers, mentoring others in their fields.

• Denver Public Schools has provided our students and graduates with pre- and postgraduate fellowships, as well as with highly desirable teaching positions.

• Graduates have gone on to law school, medical school and graduate programs in language, literature and translation studies.

Sample Classes

Introductory language and grammar skills for all languages

Survey of French/German/Spanish Literature I and II

Advanced French Composition and Grammar

Contemporary Spanish Theater: Lorca

Modern French Theatre

The French Novel

French Language, Culture and Translation

Advanced German Grammar

German Business Culture

Folklore and Culture of the Mexican Southwest

Latin American Film

Culture and Civilization of Spain

Various studies abroad in all languages

Program Accreditation

The BA degree program in modern languages at MSU Denver is part of the University’s overall accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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