Our Language Programs


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.

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Announcements

Game Night Spotlight

Game Night

On Thursday, October 21st the LRC hosted a Game Night for language students! Spearheaded by Veronica Clapp, Carol Wilson-Tiesma, Meghan Cai, and Bret Linford.

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Alumni Highlights

Jeff Hayes, Chinese, BA Journalism, 2000 Spotlight

Jeff Hayes, Chinese, BA Journalism, 2000

Although Jeff graduated with a degree in Journalism, he was very passionate about the Chinese language while attending GVSU.

Brooke Elenbaas, Spanish, BA Spanish, 2004 Spotlight

Brooke Elenbaas, Spanish, BA Spanish, 2004

The constant thread of Brooke's career and life have been the degree in language that she received at Grand Valley and she is so thankful for the many and varied ways this degree has helped her be successful in her life.

Ryan Grabijas, German, BA & BS German & Hospitality and Tourism Management, 2016 Spotlight

Ryan Grabijas, German, BA & BS German & Hospitality and Tourism Management, 2016

After graduating in April 2016, Ryan spent the summer working as a German language instructor at Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, Minnesota, and then as a hiking guide in the Canadian Rockies for German-speaking tourists.

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Events

Game Night Spotlight

Game Night

Back on popular demand game night has made another appearance in the Language resource center!

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