The department of Modern Languages offer minors in Chinese Studies, French, Spanish and Linguistics.
Getting a minor can help build your skills in your field of study when correctly applied to a complementing major.
A minor degree can also be beneficial when you know what type of career you want to get into after graduation. In many cases what you major in does not necessarily reflect what kind of career you will go into. But if you see yourself leaning toward a certain career, you can pair this somewhat unrelated major to a minor that correlates between the two.
Minoring in a language can be a great way to help you stand out from your competition in the job market.
Director and Advisor:
I-hao Victor Woo
Office: Department of Modern Languages, Plaza Building 118 V
Chinese Studies Program
The Minor Program in Chinese Studies is an interdisciplinary program offering specialized study of China and other Chinese speaking regions through coursework in the related disciplines of language and culture, anthropology, history, geography, philosophy, and political science. China's economic and political presence is increasingly prominent in the United States. CU Denver is uniquely positioned to make use of its location as the cultural, economic and political center of the Rocky Mountain region and of its diverse, well trained and highly qualified faculty to offer courses of interdisciplinary studies related to China. Students may choose to focus either on General Chinese Studies or Chinese Language and Culture. On the one hand, General Chinese Studies encourages an interdisciplinary approach of accepting courses from various departments that focus on history, political science, art, philosophy, and more from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. On the other hand, Chinese Language and Culture further develops students’ linguistic competence and cultural awareness. The minor program offers a wide variety and levels of Mandarin Chinese language and culture courses that not only improve students’ communication skills but also give a deeper look into different aspects of Chinese culture.
Study Abroad Opportunities
The Minor Program in Chinese Studies also offers a host of study abroad opportunities throughout the academic year and every summer. CU Denver has ongoing programs in Beijing and Taipei, as well as an association with Yunnan University in Kunming. Study abroad programs of five weeks to one year in length may be arranged, and program faculty can help students enroll in intensive Chinese language programs in Taiwan or on the mainland. Students pursuing the minor in Chinese language and area studies are encouraged to complete the program with a period of residence and study in China.
Requirements for the Minor in Chinese Studies
The minor requires a minimum of 15 credit hours. A minimum of 9 credit hours must be taken from Downtown Denver Campus or ICB campus faculty. Courses taken at other institutions may be applied to the minor but only with approval of a Chinese faculty advisor in the Department of Modern Languages. All courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better.
Required Courses (6 credits)
- CHIN 1000 – China and the Chinese or CHIN 1071 – Chinese for the Professions and
- CHIN 2110 – Intermediate Chinese I
Elective Courses (9 credits minimum)
- ANTH 4000 Food in China and Beyond
- CHIN 2120 Intermediate Chinese II
- CHIN 2970 Contemporary Chinese Cinema
- CHIN 3010 Advanced Intermediate Chinese
- CHIN 3200 Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture
- CHIN 3300 Special Topics on Chinese Film
- CHIN 4100 Methods of Teaching Chinese Immersion
- CHIN 4980 Special Topics in Chinese Language
- COMM 3230 Chinese Communication & Culture in Context
- COMM 4430 Communication, China, and the U.S.
- COMM 4995 Narratives of the New China
- MLNG 4690 Methods of Teaching Modern Languages I
- MLNG 4691 Methods of Teaching Modern Languages II
- LING 3100 Language in Society
- FINE 4524 Topics in Art History (topics that are related to arts of China)
- FINE 4750 Arts of China
- GEOG 3160 Geography of China
- HIST 4420 Traditional China: China to 1600
- HIST 4421 Modern China
- PSCI 4186 East Asia in World Affairs
- PSCI 4615 Politics and Government of China
- PSCI 4726 Russian and Chinese Foreign Policy
- PHIL 3666 Asian Philosophies and Religions
- PHIL 3981 Chinese Philosophy
- RLST 3410 Asian Philosophies and Religions
- RLST 3600 Comparative Religion: Religions of China
New courses may not appear in the course description section of the catalog. Contact the faculty advisor for the most updated information.
Courses offered in Spring 2022
CHIN1000 (China & the Chinese, Online)
CHIN1020 (2nd semester Chinese, T/Th 11:00am-1:15pm)
CHIN2120 (4th semester Chinese, T/Th 2:00pm to 3:15pm)
CHIN3130 (Intro to Chinese Linguistics, T/Th 2:00pm-3:15pm)
FINE4750 (Arts of China, M/W 11:00am-12:15pm)
HIST4420 (Traditional China:China to 1600, M/W 2:00pm-3:15pm)
LING3100 (Language in Society, M/W 12:30pm-1:45pm)
PSCI4615 (Politics and Government of China, TBA)
The French program offers courses in advanced language, linguistics, literature, civilization, culture and business, all taught exclusively in French. Students benefit from a state-of-the-art language lab with Internet access and multimedia software programs, as well as technologically "smart" classrooms.
French minors are strongly encouraged to participate in one of UC Denver's Study Abroad Programs. Please see a faculty member in French for information about opportunities to include study abroad as part of your minor.
Admission and Grade Requirements
To be admitted to minor status in French, students must have an overall GPA of C+ (2.3). The minimum grade acceptable in any French course applied to a French minor is C- (1.7). The average grade in all courses applied to a French minor at UC Denver must be 2.5. No courses taken on a pass/fail basis may be credited toward a French minor.
Upon declaring a minor in French, each student will be assigned to a faculty advisor with whom the student should consult at least once per semester thereafter. It is especially important that students have their transcripts reviewed by their advisor before enrolling in their final 30 credit hours at UC Denver. Failure to do so may result in delay of graduation.
Students presenting four years if high school French (Level IV) for admission to UCD must see a French advisor before enrolling in courses for the minor. Students with Advanced Placement credits from high school or CLEP credits should see a French advisor about course equivalencies.
Requirements for the French Minor
Students minoring in French must complete 15 semester hours of upper division French courses (courses numbered 3000 and above). A minimum of nine of these semester hours must be taken from the faculty in French at UC Denver. Courses taken at other institutions while a student is enrolled at UC Denver may be applied to the minor only with departmental approval before enrollment in those courses.
The minor in French must include at least one language skills class, chosen from the following (all are three credit hours):
- French 3010, French Phonetics and Pronunciation
- French 3020, Oral Practice
- French 3050, Advanced Grammar & Composition
- French 3060, Advanced French Language Skills
In addition, students with a minor in French must select and complete 12 hours of French electives.
For More information Please contact:
Plaza Building, 118 S
For more information please click here: Spanish Minor
Spanish Undergraduate Advisors (Assigned alphabetically by student's last name)
Devin Jenkins, Chair, Study Abroad Advisor Plaza Building, Room 118 R 303-315-7236
Andrés Lema-Hincapié Last names ending in A-F Plaza Building, Room 118 B 303-315-7226
Alyssa Martoccio Last names ending in G-O Plaza Building, Room 118 E 303-315-7228
Maria Fernandez Martinez Last names ending in P-Z Plaza Building, Room 118 A 303-315-7247
The minor in Linguistics is an interdisciplinary program awarded through the Department of Modern Languages. The minor is designed to guide students through an exact and structured discipline that examines various aspects of the nature of human language. A Linguistics minor may be of particular interest to students majoring in a Foreign Language, as well as majors in such fields as Anthropology, English, Communication, Education, Philosophy, and Sociology. The Linguistics minor is open to all undergraduate students at CU Denver.
Admission and Grade Requirements
To be admitted to minor status in Linguistics, students must have an overall GPA of C+ (2.3). The minimum grade acceptable in any course applied to a Linguistics minor is C (2.0). The average grade in all courses applied to a Linguistics minor at CU Denver must be 2.5. No courses taken on a pass/fail basis may be credited toward a Linguistics minor.
Upon declaring a minor in Linguistics, each student will be assigned to a faculty advisor with whom the student should consult at least once per semester thereafter. It is especially important that students have their transcripts reviewed by their advisor before enrolling in their final 30 credit hours at CU Denver. Failure to do so may result in delay of graduation.
Requirements for the Minor in Linguistics:
Students minoring in Linguistics must complete a minimum of 15 credits of coursework pertaining to the field of Linguistics. A minimum of 9 credit hours must be taken from CU Denver faculty. A minimum of 6 credit hours must be upper division (3000 or above). Courses taken at other institutions may be applied to the minor but only with approval of a Linguistics faculty advisor, Soubeika (Wafa) Bahri in the Department of Modern Languages.
Required Courses (6 credits)
LING 2000 – Foundations of Linguistics (fall)
LING 3100 – Language in Society (spring)
Elective Courses (9 credits minimum):
Choose from the following courses:
ANTH 3121 Language, Culture, and Communication
CLDE 1000 Language, Power & Identity
CLDE 4030 Language Development and Acquisition
CLDE 4820 Teaching Bilingual Learners
ENGL 3160 Language Theory
ENGL 4080 History of the English Language
ENGL 4190 Special Topics (only if the topic addresses Linguistics)
ENGL 4601 Principles & Practices of Second Language Acquisition
ENGL 4651 Second Language Writing
FREN 3010 French Phonetics and Pronunciation
FREN 4600 History of the French Language
GRMN 3050 Phonetics and Pronunciation of the German Language
GRMN 4050 Advanced German Phonetics and Language History
MLNG 4690 Methods of Teaching Modern Languages (or cross-listed equivalent in CHIN, FREN, GRMN, SPAN)
MLNG 4691 Methods of Teaching Modern Languages II
PHIL 2441 Logic, Language and Scientific Reasoning
SPAN 3060 Spanish Phonetics: Theory and Practice
SPAN 3270 Bilingual Communities: Spanish as a Language of Contact
SPAN 4010 History of the Spanish Language
SPAN 4020 Spanish Sociolinguistics
SPAN 4060 Dialects of the Spanish Speaking World
SPAN 4070 Spanish Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition
SPAN 4076 Spanish in Colorado
SPAN 4080 Spanish in the United States
SPAN 4099 Special Topics in Spanish Linguistics
- Any additional courses with a LING prefix may be accepted toward the minor in Linguistics.
- Other courses not listed here may also be considered toward the completion of the Linguistics minor, with evidence of a heavy linguistic emphasis. Please consult with a faculty advisor for approval.