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Modern Languages Department

Attention Intermediate Students!

Please, visit the Programs page for the latest information on course numbers and enrollment options.


Degree programs and certificates

The descriptions below are linked to archived catalogs, preceding AY 2013-14. Students nearing completion of their degree may be following old degree requirements. If you have any further questions, please contact a faculty Advisor.

Please note that de Department of Modern Languages offers courses in Japanese and Chinese, but no degree is offered at this point.


Teacher Licensure

Students seeking secondary credentials in French, German, or Spanish must satisfy the teacher education program of MSU Denver in addition to all of the major requirements. They must also demonstrate sufficient mastery of the target language or languages through an appropriate proficiency exam.



Students are placed in courses at levels appropriate to their ability as indicated by the BYU placement exam. This may not be applicable if students have had no professional instruction in their chosen foreign language within the past two years. Students can also take a test if they feel that they have insufficient preparation for the required level or are not sure of that level. Elementary courses do not apply toward the major or minor requirements.

Registration for courses is in accordance with previous preparation. Students should register for foreign language courses as follows:

  • No previous study, or less than one year in high school - 1010;
  • Students with one year in high school who feel their background is weak - 1010;
  • One semester in college - 1020;
  • One year in college - 2010 and/or 2110 for German and Spanish, and 2010 for French;
  • Two years in high school - 2010 and/or 2110 for German and Spanish, and 2010 for French, or 1020, if needed;
  • Three years in high school or one and one-half years in college - 2020 and/or 2120 for German and Spanish, and 2020 for French; or 2010 and/or 2110 for German and Spanish, and 2010 for French, if needed;
  • Four years in high school or two years in college - 3000-level courses, or 2020 and/or 2120 for German and Spanish and 2020 for French, if needed.



The Modern Languages Department strives to offer students a path to proficiency as described in the leading organization for language instruction, the  American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Proficiency Guidelines (2012) (Acrobat Icon 218 KB)

You can find the current MSUD Catalog online here.