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DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES

"To have another language is to possess a second soul." -Charlemagne

Throughout the world, and even in the U.S., there are far more opportunities for people who can speak more than one language. Bilingual people have been shown to have more brain power than those who are monolingual. They possess better multitasking and problem-solving skills, improved cognitive functions with age and even a reduced risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. 

Being bilingual will also open more doors for your professional career. In many industries, employees can earn several more dollars per hour if they speak more than one language. Your résumé is more likely to move to the top of the pile with the ability to speak another language, especially with companies with international offices. 

While studying Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese or Chinese languages with MSU Denver’s Department of Modern Languages, you will learn the proper grammar and vocabulary of the language you’re studying as well as the cultural nuances you may not have known previously. Our professors are either native speakers or have lived abroad long enough to speak another language fluently. Our mission is to engage you with the language, literature and culture to enlighten your global awareness and develop more inclusive communities. 

No matter which career path you pursue, the Department of Modern Languages will help enhance it. Let us serve as a steppingstone for your professional success.



Profile Placeholder “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

MSU Denver '10, MA, BS, RN


Career Prospects

Here’s where a degree in Modern Languages might take you:
Ambassador, interpreter, journalist or foreign news correspondent, translator, teacher, travel writer and more.


Ann Williams_Modern Languages She was recently inducted into the Ordre des Palmes Academiques — the French Order of Academic Palms — for her contributions to French education and culture. Also a recipient of the U.S. Professor of the Year Award from Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, she shares her love for France and French-speaking countries through courses in French language, literature and culture.

Ann Williams

French professor


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Location: Plaza 360

Office Hours: 
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Phone: 303-615-1122

Fax: 303-556-8536

Mailing Address: 
Department of Modern Languages 
Metropolitan State University of Denver 
Campus Box 26 
P.O. Box 173362 
Denver, CO 80217-3362