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Hallo! Kon’nichiwa! Ciao! Reading, writing and speaking in another language are valuable skills for personal growth and professional success. As a Modern Languages major in the Option II program, you will build global awareness and inclusive communities at home and abroad while learning to understand, communicate and adapt in different languages.

With innovative technology and teaching techniques, MSU Denver’s Option II in Modern Languages undergraduate degree program addresses current events and relevant topics in different cultures to build proficiency in both a primary and secondary language. Unique experiences and insights prepare you for continuing with graduate studies, working in diverse environments and traveling the world.

Find out if you qualify for a Modern Languages scholarship.

Program Options

  • Modern Languages Option II: a 60-semester hour, dual-language major. Option II in Modern Languages gives you the opportunity to develop skills in two languages — a combination of a primary language and a secondary language. Primary language options include French and Spanish. Secondary language options include French, Spanish, German, Italian and Japanese. A minor is not required.
  • Modern Languages Option I: a 42-credit major in either Spanish or French with a required minor. Option I in the Modern Languages bachelor’s degree program at MSU Denver focuses on building proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, listening comprehension and cultural understanding. 
  • K–12 Option I or II: for teaching licensure in a foreign language content area.

You can also work with degree specialists in the Individualized Degree Program and a Department of Modern Languages faculty mentor to customize your Modern Languages degree at MSU Denver.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

Study abroad in Spain, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy or Japan, where you can develop your foreign language skills and deepen your cultural perspective. The Department of Modern Languages awards several scholarships each year to Modern Languages majors who participate in study abroad. The Office of International Studies at MSU Denver also helps Modern Languages majors explore other study abroad opportunities through other institutions.

Join student clubs and organizations on campus. As a Modern Languages, you may be interested in the National Foreign Language Honor Society, Phi Sigma Iota, as well as Spanish Club, French Club, Italian Club, Japanese Club or the National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha.

Contribute to the diverse communities of MSU Denver and the greater metropolitan area. National Language Week, Translation Colloquium and research conferences are a few examples of special events hosted throughout the year by MSU Denver’s Department of Modern Languages.

Get additional guidance on your path to earn your bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages. Faculty and academic advisors provide support and resources to keep you on track with identifying areas of interest, registering for classes, developing skills and achieving goals.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

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Jobs in Modern Languages are as diverse as they are interesting. You can use your multilingual fluency skills to build local communities and the global economy by working in education, international business, tourism, law enforcement, government, social services, foreign relations, health care and more. Achieve career success in Modern Language jobs such as these:

  • Teacher
  • Interpreter
  • Translator
  • Journalist or foreign news correspondent
  • Ambassador
  • Travel writer
  • Anthropologist
  • Travel agent
  • Book editor
  • Foreign service officer
  • Customs inspector
  • Linguist
  • Immigration inspector
  • Tour guide

Find out more about career opportunities for Modern Languages majors.



Lawrence Glatz_Modern LanguagesLawrence Glatz

Professor of German Lawrence Glatz received a President’s Performance Stipend for Teaching Excellence and a Bright Ideas/Best Practices Teaching Award for his submission, “Cybertrips to German-speaking countries”. His research focuses on the use of technology and computers in instruction and teacher training, as well as history, crime, violence and the victim in Nobel Laureate Heinrich Böll’s nonfiction and fiction works of literature. Also an MSU Denver Excellence in Academic Advising Award winner, Glatz has participated in several exchange and study abroad programs as both a student and educator, most recently spending a semester at the University of Cologne and the Heinrich Böll Archive as a guest researcher.


Learn more about MSU Denver Modern Languages faculty.


Alumni at Work

Dual-language majors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages from MSU Denver work in a wide variety of jobs including:

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Immigration services personnel
  • Overseas English and Spanish teacher

Sample Classes

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Requiring a minimum of 60 semester hours, the Option II program in Modern Languages offers a wide variety of classes that cover topics in your primary and secondary languages including cinema, culture, history, language, literature and social issues. These are some examples of classes you may take as a Modern Languages dual-language major:

Contemporary Socio-Cultural Issues
Literature, Culture and Translation
International French/German/Spanish/Italian
French/German/Spanish/Italian Reading and Conversation
Cinema in French for Advanced Conversation
French Historical Perspectives
Major German Authors
German Business Culture
Conversational Spanish for Travel/Medical Professions
Folklore and Culture of the Mexican Southwest
Introduction to Spanish Translation I and II
Advanced Italian Grammar
Kanji I
Conversational Japanese

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