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The Department of Modern Languages currently offers courses in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese.

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Department Chair

Lunden MacDonald, Ph.D., Spanish


Program Goals

Modern language students are equipped with skills and knowledge needed for immediate entry into career fields after graduation. Students are afforded unique insights into the cultures and literatures associated with these languages, in order to prepare them to work in business situations, serve as professional translators, or pursue graduate studies. See also our Mission Statement.



The Modern Languages Department offers concentrations in either French, German or Spanish, and a composite major involving the study of two languages, both of which lead to a Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as minors in French, German and Spanish. Students who major in modern languages may focus their studies on one or two languages. Many students combine a modern language major (or a French, German or Spanish minor) with K-12 teaching licensure. Specific course requirements are outlined in Metro State's Catalog. Additional information on course requirements, along with information about certificate programs in French, German or Spanish, can be obtained from department advisors.

Day, evening and weekend classes are offered at the Auraria campus, or at extended campus sites, and multimedia instruction, which is currently offered in first-year classes, is being expanded throughout the curriculum. In collaboration with the Cooperative Education Program, the department helps qualified students obtain internships involving and expanding their language skills. All students have the opportunity to study abroad.


Career Opportunities

Foreign language graduates have a variety of career options in both the public and private sectors. Most professionals who deal with the public, such as teachers, law enforcement agents and social services professionals, benefit from having foreign language knowledge, especially when these professionals serve foreign language speaking communities. Additionally, multi-national corporations increasingly need employees with foreign language skills to process documents and work as translators.



The Department of Modern Languages sponsors and participates in a variety of activities including Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society, and a variety of colloquia designed to assist students in language learning. Study abroad opportunities, particularly in French, German and Spanish, are also an integral component of the department's approach to language acquisition.



Admission to the college is all that is needed to be admitted to the modern language degree program. Students should consult an advisor in the department to fill out the proper forms for declaring a major in either modern language degree option, or for a minor in French, German or Spanish.



Transfer students are welcome. Courses completed at other accredited colleges and universities can usually be incorporated into the modern language degree program or minors.



The modern language degree program is accredited as part of the college's overall accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).