Ways of contacting us are the following:

  • By office phone: 616-331-3203
  • Via email: moddept@gvsu.edu
  • Virtually:  if you are a GVSU student, staff, or faculty member and would like to speak with us virtually, please visit our MLL Zoom Room during the hours of 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.  You will need to login with your GVSU network ID and password. If you are an outside community member, please call our office or email us. 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

Veronica Kirin, French, BA Anthropology, 2009

Veronica says "Learning French fed my degree in Anthropology and certainly helps me get along when I visit Paris! The French professors were fantastic at teaching not just the French language but also French culture and history..."

Deb Weststrate, Spanish, BFA & BA Graphic Design & Spanish, 2011

Deb believes learning a foreign language has opened up many doors for her to experience life from new perspectives, and continues to allow for friendships and connections that would have otherwise not been possible.

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#FunFactFriday At the time of the French Revolution, 75% of French citizens did not speak French as a mother tongue. Until the 19th century, French was more widely spoken in Holland and Germany than in some parts of France.

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