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Bonjour! Hola! The ability to read, write and speak in another language is a valuable skill for both professional success and personal growth. Modern Languages majors learn to understand, communicate and adapt as they build global awareness and inclusive communities at home and abroad. 

Option I in Modern Languages is an undergraduate program with two concentrations: one in French (also known as a Major in French) and one in Spanish (also known as a Major in Spanish). Each concentration is a proficiency-based area of study that uses innovative technology and teaching techniques to address current events and relevant topics in French and Spanish. Offering unique insights and experiences, the Majors in French and Spanish prepare you for diverse work environments, graduate studies and domestic and international travel.

Learn about scholarships and awards for Option I Modern Languages majors at MSU Denver.


Program Options


  • Modern Languages Option I – French is a Major in French. This bachelor’s degree program focuses on building proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, listening comprehension and cultural competence. 42 semester hours and a minor are required. Consult the program sheet here [link “here” to the department advising booklet]
  • Modern Languages Option I – Spanish is a Major in Spanish. This bachelor’s degree program focuses on building proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, listening comprehension and cultural competence. 42 semester hours and a minor are required. Consult the program sheet here [link “here” to the department advising booklet]
  • K–12 Option I or II: for teaching licensure with a content area in a foreign language. 

Alternatively, MSU Denver’s Individualized Degree Program allows you to work with a faculty mentor in the Department of Modern Languages and degree specialists in the Individualized Degree Program to create your own degree program.


Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver


Immerse yourself in a different culture and sharpen your foreign language skills. The Department of Modern Languages offers study abroad programs in Spain, Mexico and France and awards scholarships to select participants. Also, MSU Denver’s Office of International Studies helps Modern Languages majors find opportunities to explore study abroad programs offered at other institutions.

Stay on track to earn your bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages from MSU Denver. Academic and faculty advisors make sure Modern Languages majors are placed in appropriate undergraduate classes based on their individual skills, interests and goals.

Get involved on campus. MSU Denver offers dozens of student clubs and organizations related to academic majors and interests, including the National Foreign Language Honor Society, Phi Sigma Iota. Depending on your concentration, Modern Languages majors can also participate in French Club or Spanish Club.

Be an active member in the diverse MSU Denver and surrounding communities. The Department of Modern Languages hosts special events throughout the year, including the Translation Colloquium, National Language Week and research conferences.


Career Opportunities for Our Graduates


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Modern Languages majors who choose Option I find career success in diverse fields that contribute to local communities and the global economy, from education, law enforcement, government and foreign relations to social services, health care, international business and tourism. These are some examples of Modern Language jobs that could use your fluency skills in French or Spanish:

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

Learn more about career opportunities in Modern Languages.

 


Hear from our students:


“My language courses at MSU Denver provided me with a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and cultural awareness. Classes were always well organized, interesting and challenging. Furthermore, the faculty’s knowledge and guidance helped me pursue my studies successfully and helped me achieve my goal of becoming a French-to-English translator.”

—Dawn O’Connor (MSU Denver '10), MA, BS, RN

Faculty


Ann Williams_Modern LanguagesAnn Williams

Professor of French Ann Williams 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, Williams shares her love for France and French-speaking countries through courses in French language, literature and culture.

 

Doctor Roberto J. Forns-BroggiRoberto Forns Broggi, Ph.D.

Professor is a professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He was born in Lima, Peru. Dr. Forns-Broggi received his doctorate in Spanish language and literature from Arizona State University. He joined MSU Denver in 1998; before that, he taught at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba in Cordoba, Argentina for 13 years. Dr. Forns-Broggi’s research interests include Latin American and Spanish literature, popular cultures, environmental philosophy, environmental spiritualties, film studies, world cinema, environmental literature, film media literacy, critical thinking and creativity. He has taught classes about intercultural communication through literature and film; literary and cultural theory; creative writing and children’s literature.

 

Read more about MSU Denver Modern Languages faculty.


Alumni at Work


With a Bachelor of Arts degree in French or Spanish from MSU Denver, Modern Languages majors work in a wide variety of industries and roles including:

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

Sample Classes


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In the Option I program for Modern Languages, MSU Denver students cover a variety of topics including language, culture, history, literature, cinema and social issues. Depending on whether you choose French or Spanish as your concentration area, these are some of the classes you may take as a Modern Languages major:

  • French as a Global Language
  • Cinema in French for Advanced Conversation
  • The French Novel
  • Modern French Theatre
  • Culture and Civilization of Spain
  • Latin American Cinema
  • Folklore and Culture of the Mexican Southwest
  • History of the Spanish Language

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