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.
Chinese Studies Minor
Director and Advisor:
I-hao Victor Woo
Office: Department of Modern Languages, Plaza Building 118 V
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.
French Minor Information Flyer
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
Maria Fernandez Martinez Last names ending in A-L Plaza Building, Room 118 A 303-315-7247
Alyssa Martoccio Last names ending in M-Z Plaza Building, Room 118 E 303-315-7228
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, Devin Jenkins, 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.