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Modern Languages Department


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, Spanish and Italian. 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 MSU Denver'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.


Degree programs and certificates

Students nearing completion of their degree may be following degree requirements that differ from those provided below. If you have any further questions, please contact a faculty Advisor.

Please note that the 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 guidelines of the leading organization for language instruction, the American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages (Acrobat Icon 631 KB).

You can find the current MSU Denver Catalog online here.


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 University 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 Italian 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 University's overall accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.