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How to Reach the Department of Modern Languages

For the period of March 30 – May 10 regular operations will be conducted via distance communication.

Front Desk Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 5:00

Chair Drop-In Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00 – 2:00


How to contact us:


Via Phone

Your calls will be routed through Skype for Business.

Front Desk: 303-615-1747
Chair: 303-615-0109

Via Microsoft Teams

Join our team, Department of Modern Languages – Spring 2020, by using the following code: 1wc0yez. You will find a channel for the Front Desk and another for the Chair. If unsure who is the best person to assist you, it is always a good idea to check in with the Front Desk. Before initiating a call, please contact the party you are trying to reach via chat: give you name, your student ID number (#900), and a short description of what you need help with.

Front Desk channel: Front Desk
available live: Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 5:00

Chair channel: Chair Walk-In Hours
available live: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 11:00 – 2:00

Via Email

Program Assistant, Maria Bracamontes:

Chair, Dr. Maria Akrabova:

Department of Modern Languages

Studying Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese or American Sign Language at MSU Denver’s Department of Modern Languages will broaden your awareness of the world and open doors to exciting careers. Engaging with language, culture and literature enriches understanding and fosters more inclusive, inspiring and creative communities. Learn more about the Department of Modern Languages at MSU Denver.

Are You Ready for Summer? 

The summer semester is fast approaching. Are you ready for your language adventures? 

Our summer offerings are fully online.  

There’s something for everyone. Whether you are trying to complete a degree, earn credit in General Studies, or explore a new language and culture, you will find a class that’s right for you. 

Have a look at our summer classes.

We’re excited to add two new offerings, American Sign Language III (ASL 190A) and Elementary Korean I (MDL 190Q).


Are You Ready for Fall? 

MSU Denver is planning to be back to on-campus learning in fall 2021! We are looking forward to seeing you both in the classrooms and online. 

With the “new normal,” we offer a variety of course types, including face-to-face, online, and hybrid. Everyone can find something for their schedule. 

Did you know that now we have two kinds of hybrid courses? 


  • Traditional hybrid. This class combines work done face-to-face with an online component. The CRN has a "double-decker" listing on the schedule with two rows for the course. 
    • Meeting days and times: listed both as assigned day/time and TBA 
    • Location: listed both as a room number and TBA.  
  • Hybrid online. This class combines work done synchronously online with an asynchronous-online component. The CRN has a "double-decker" listing on the schedule with two rows for the course. 
    • Meeting days and times: listed both as assigned day/time and TBA.  
    • Location: listed as TBA. 

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

Career Prospects

Knowledge of two or more languages opens doors to numerous career opportunities. Your resumé is more likely to move to the top of the pile if it shows an ability to speak another language, regardless of the professional field. This is especially true for companies and organizations that have branches in different countries, serve diverse communities or practice international telecommute. No matter which profession you choose, a degree from the Department of Modern Languages will help you enhance it.
You will build a strong foundation for careers in:
- Translation and Interpreting
- Diplomatic Service
- International Business
- Teaching and Curriculum Development
- Immigration Services
- Hospitality and Tourism
- International Journalism and Broadcasting
- Social Services
- Human Resources

Majors, Minors, and Certificates

Interested in a language degree?

We offer the following majors:

- French

- Spanish

- Dual-language major

- K-12 Teaching Licensure with single or dual-language options


How does a dual language major work?

- Select your primary language: French or Spanish

- Select your secondary language: French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish


How to find our majors:

- Look for Modern Languages Major

- Identify your preference

- Option I (one language): catalog 

- Option II (two languages): catalog

Major in Modern Languages with a concentration in Spanish or French


Major in Modern Languages with a dual-language concentration in Spanish and French


Teacher Licensure in French and Spanish

Please contact the World Languages K-12 Liaison, Dr. Kelly Conroy, with questions about language teacher licensure or for advising.


Minor in French, German, Italian, Japanese, or Spanish


Certificate Offerings

Language Spotlight: American Sign Language

Why study ASL? Find out what students are saying:


American Sign Language

What is it like being an ASL interpreter?


You may end up interpreting for government officials or interacting with the media during a news conference. 

MSU Denver alumna Mandy Pierce-Turner, Gov. Jared Polis’ sign language interpreter, works with colleague Christine Pendley at a news conference on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Photo by Amanda Schwengel.

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