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Modern Languages and Literatures

The ability to speak and read another language expands our range of communication and extends our world. It offers new perspectives on our own culture and enriches self- understanding. In an increasingly global world, cultural competency and proficiency in a foreign language is an increasingly in-demand skill.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

Programs in: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.


Required coursework covers all aspects of the language and related cultures, including:

  • Grammar
  • History and politics
  • Listening and understanding
  • Literature
  • Pronunciation

Career Options

Language majors and minors have a diverse assortment of careers available to them in fields like:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Government
  • International relations
  • Law
  • 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.”


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