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Modern and Classical Languages|College of Arts & Sciences

Modern & Classical Languages 

21st-century skills require at least two languages.

Learn a 2nd language! See the world!

The Department of Modern & Classical Languages (MCL) will help you master your second language, or third or fourth.

Majors: French, German, Russian, Spanish

Minors: Chinese, Classical Civilizations, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish

MCL:  A Vital Link to Your Future

    • Employability
    • Study Abroad Opportunity
    • Low Student-Faculty Ratio
    • Award Winning Instructors
    • World Languages Day Internship Opportunities
    • Scholarship Availability

Interested?  Learn more About Us!


International Students English Language Courses

To Learn more about ESL, the required Oral Proficiency Test for graduate teaching assistants, and more information, click here.


M.A. in French, German, Spanish

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The M.A. in French, German, and Spanish offers generous teaching assistantships. Tuition waivers and other scholarships are available on a competitive basis. Graduate Teaching Assistants teach 3 courses per academic year (2 courses one semester, and 1 course the other semester). The program prepares students for success in the professional world and/or a Ph.D. program.


RMMLA - Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association

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The Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, one of six independent regional branches of the Modern Language Association, is a non-profit, professional organization, established in 1947 to promote critical inquiry, teaching, and research in the fields of languages, literatures, and the humanities by holding a convention every fall for the presentation and discussion of research in these and related fields, and by regularly publishing a print and an electronic scholarly journal, The Rocky Mountain Review.  Members come from the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S. and Canada, as well as from several other states, provinces and countries.                      

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