Foreign Language Study

GVSU teaches ten languages.
Each of them satisfies the B.A. requirement following three semesters of study.

This is your chance to explore other
languages and cultures, even if you have studied Spanish in high school.

Foreign language instruction is offered by the Department of Classics and by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

Foreign Language Study

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Click for information about French Click for information about Ancient Greek Click for information about Latin Click for information about Spanish

Courses offered by Classics aim at reading original works such as Plato's dialogues, classical mythology and drama, or the Bible and developing critical and rhetorical skills.

Greek and Latin are the source of legal, medical and scientific terminology. Many find that working with the classical languages improves their grasp of English and their skills as readers and writers.

Course instruction is conducted primarily in English. There are no language labs.


GRK/LAT 101 are offered in Fall semester only. It is vital to begin instruction in these languages right away.

Students begin reading unadapted original works in the third semester of study (201). 

Completion of the fourth semester (202) fulfills the GenEd World Perspectives requirement.

Courses offered by Modern Languages and Literatures aim at developing written and conversational skills and studying literature and culture.

Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese have become very important languages.

Heritage languages for West Michiganders include German.

Knowledge of a particular language and culture can be a real asset on the job market.

Course instruction is conducted primarily in the language of study.


FRE/SPA/GER 150 are a combination and revision of 101/102 for students wary of being placed in 201 right away.

SPA 203 (one section only) is specially designed for native or heritage speakers who may have learned Spanish at home but not formally been taught spelling or grammar. It is a great opportunity and satisfies the B.A. cognate requirement.

Begin or continue language study right away.

You'll save time and money by retaining and enhancing abilities you already have, graduate on time by completing the credits and courses you need, and be able to complete enough advanced study to qualify for study abroad or for postgraduate study.

Teaching Certification. Language students have the option to seek teaching certification in French, Latin, German, and Spanish.

B.A. Cognate in language study. In addition to basic skills and general education requirements, the B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) degree requires a third-semester proficiency in a foreign language. Placement tests are available to students with pre-college competence in a foreign language who desire advanced placement or waiver of the foreign language requirement. 

Placing out of the 201 (third semester) level waives the B.A. language requirement. It does not waive the General Education World Perspectives requirement. Students who place out of the 202 (fourth semester) may take any three-credit language course and use it to fulfill the World Perspectives requirement: email your name, G#, and the course for which you are requesting World Perspectives credit to

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  Last Modified Date: March 13, 2016
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