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Modern Languages and Literatures

The ability to communicate effectively in another language expands our range of cultural competency and enriches our understanding of the world and our own culture.

Visit the program website for more information.

Available as a minor.
Elementary education minor offered.
Secondary education minor offered.

Program Overview

The third-semester proficiency language requirement for the Bachelor of Arts can be fulfilled with any of our seven languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Majors in French, German, and Spanish
  • Minors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish
  • PK-12 teaching certification in French, German, and Spanish

There is a growing need for linguistic and intercultural competency in fields such as:

  • Advertising and public relations
  • Business and finance
  • Criminal justice
  • Health professions
  • Social work
  • STEM

Why Study Modern Languages and Literatures at Grand Valley?

  • Practical task-based learning with high-impact experiences designed to immerse students in language and culture.
  • Extensive digital learning possibilities through our Language Resource Center, where students gather to connect with others and to create and share digital media as part of their coursework.
  • Frequent opportunities for cultural activities both on and off campus, including numerous study abroad programs of all types.
  • A relationship-rich learning community where students interact closely with their classmates and instructors.
  • Personalized advising to integrate language and culture into each individual student's academic and career goals.

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


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

Career Options

In an increasingly interconnected world, the study of language and culture will enhance any major, such as:

  • Hospitality and tourism
  • International business
  • Foreign service
  • International relations

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

Modern Languages and Literatures
Mackinac Hall B-2-243
(616) 331-3203

Admissions and Recruitment Office