GVSU will be closed Wednesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 29 for Thanksgiving break. 

From Wednesday, November 18 through Tuesday, December 8 the Modern Languages and Literatures office will be open remotely. If you are a GVSU student, staff, or faculty member and would like to talk with us virtually, please visit our MLL Zoom Room Mondays through Thursdays 8:00AM - 6:00 p.m., Fridays 8:00AM-5:00 p.m.. You will need to login with your GVSU network ID and password. If you are an outside community member, please email us at moddept@gvsu.edu. We are monitoring this inbox during our business hours. We can provide you with the Zoom link and passcode if you’d like to talk virtually, or we can assist you via email. We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.

Give to the Modern Languages & Literatures Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship

Established to encourage and assist language students to study abroad and gain life experience in the language they are studying at Grand Valley.



Why study foreign language?

Why language? Language is considered a critical part of a liberal arts education. Part of Grand Valley State University's vision and strategic priorities are to "inspire and equip students to be active life-long learners and global citizens" and to require global learning of all undergraduate majors. This does not mean that we expect all students to become fluent, but instead to have exposure to a second language and culture, which in turn leads to practical language skills. The Modern Languages and Literatures Department's language courses offer not just the chance to study a language, but to actively engage with another culture on its own terms. 

Multiple studies link the benefits of language learning to: 

  • enhanced cognitive ability and flexibility
  • delaying mental effects of aging
  • empathy and effective interpersonal skills
  • improved learning outcomes in other subjects

The following professions are seeing an increased need for language skills:

  • Business
  • Nursing
  • Engineering and other STEM fields
  • National Security and other government positions

Check out our majorsminors, and other language courses. Explore further reading on the importance of learning a foreign language.

Alumni Highlights

Carola Fernández-Corcoran, Spanish, BA Spanish, 2009

After moving to Michigan she enrolled at GVSU, where she graduate as a Spanish major. She continued her education as a mother of two, and taught Spanish at home, and/or worked as a Spanish Translator Interpreter.

Paula Zokoe, French & Spanish, BA French 1999

Paula became a Spanish and French teacher directly following graduation.

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