Modern Languages and Literatures
The ability to speak and read another language expands our range of cultural competency and communication, but also enriches our understanding of the world and our own culture.
All languages listed below count toward the BA third semester language requirement. We offer:
- Majors in French, German, and Spanish
- Minors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish
- Three years of language and culture courses in Japanese
- Two years of language in Italian and Russian
Coursework covers all aspects of language and related cultures, including reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Additional practical skills gained include:
- Cultural competency, critical thinking, and analysis
- Flexibility, communication, and working with others
Language majors and minors have a diverse assortment of careers available to them in fields like:
- International relations
- Social work
Why Study Modern Languages And Literatures at Grand Valley?
Grand Valley State University has unique benefits and resources that give language students an enhanced learning experience and level of expertise.
- Our Language Resource Center provides students with interactive, effective, and enjoyable ways to learn.
- The department's experienced and dedicated faculty offer individual assistance to students.
- The in-house study abroad program gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture and language they are studying.
“The instructors care about you and the quality of your education. They are experienced, passionate, and committed to helping you realize your own potential.”