Chair: Devin Jenkins
Program Assistant: Agnes Romero-Moore
Office: Plaza Building, 118
Campus Box 178
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
Tamara el-Masri, MLS, University of Denver
I-hao Victor Woo, PhD, Boston University
Kuan-Yi Rose Chang, PhD, Purdue University
Diane Dansereau, PhD, University of Michigan
Associate Professor, Clinical Track:
Linda Alcott, PhD, University of Colorado
Lori Willard, PhD, University of Colorado
Jocelyne Hunsinger, BA, University of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada)
Tim Phillips, MA, University of Colorado
Mary De Forest, PhD, University of Colorado
Michael Abeyta, PhD, University of California-Davis
Kathleen Bollard, PhD, University of California-Berkeley
María Luisa Fernández Martínez, PhD, University of California, Irvine
Devin Jenkins, PhD, University of New Mexico
Andrés Lema-Hincapié, PhD, Cornell University and PhD, University of Ottawa
Alyssa Martoccio, PhD, University of Illinois
Ileana Gross, MA, University of Georgia
Amanda Ritchie, MA, University of Akron
Ted Wendelin, MA, University of Southern Mississippi in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico
Undergraduate Advisors (by student’s last name):
A-F: Andrés Lema-Hincapié
G-O: Alyssa Martoccio
P-Z: María Luisa Fernández Martínez
Study Abroad Advisor:
The Department of Modern Languages includes Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Latin and Spanish. Majors are available in French and Spanish, and minors are available in Chinese, French, German, Spanish and Linguistics. Certification is available in German and in Spanish for International Business. Students must declare a major prior to their final semester of coursework. The department recommends that majors and minors include some study abroad while they are fulfilling their degree requirements at CU Denver. Please see a departmental advisor about study abroad opportunities. Credit earned abroad will normally count toward satisfaction of the major and minor requirements at CU Denver, but to assure full transfer of credit, students must see an advisor in the department before enrolling in programs abroad. Courses taken abroad and designated as upper division in Chinese, French, German or Spanish are subject to the 48-hour maximum of semester hours from a single discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Students who meet certain criteria and have been invited by the faculty of the appropriate language are encouraged to participate in the Department of Modern Languages honors program. Successful completion of this program by students majoring in French or Spanish leads to graduation with the distinction of cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude. See French and Spanish sections for details.
Relevance to Other Programs
In addition to fulfilling major and minor requirements, courses in the Department of Modern Languages prepare students in the language, literature and civilization of the countries and peoples they are studying. Certain courses may apply to the fulfillment of core curriculum requirements in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Foreign Language Requirement
All students with majors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the second semester level. This is accomplished through course work, by examination or by completion of second-year high school credit. Students must receive a grade of C- (1.7) or higher in the final semester of the second-year course in high school or the second-semester college-level course in order to fulfill the foreign language requirement. The prerequisite for the second-semester college course is a grade of C- (1.7) or better in the first-semester course. There is no pass/fail option for any course taken for the foreign language requirement.
Students may show their level of proficiency by taking the placement/proficiency exam. The languages tested are French, German and Spanish. For other languages, consult the CLAS Advising Office. For information on the placement/proficiency exam, check the Modern Languages website or call the Department of Modern Languages, 303-556-4893. The number of times a student may take the exam is limited to once per semester.
For information on fulfilling part of the foreign language requirement through study abroad, see the Study Abroad section of the catalog or call 303-315-2232, or consult a Modern Languages advisor.
Department of Modern Languages Policy on Student Placement in Lower-Division Courses
A student may not enroll in a lower-division (1000/2000) language course that is below his/her level of language proficiency. Students wishing to enroll in a lower-division language course that does not directly follow their last completed course in the regular sequence must consult with an appropriate faculty member of the Department of Modern Languages prior to enrollment. Students who have achieved some proficiency in a foreign language through other means than academic courses must also consult with an appropriate faculty member of the Department of Modern Languages prior to enrollment. Call 303-556-4893 for further information.
Upon declaring a major or minor in modern languages, 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 modern language majors have their transcripts reviewed by a departmental advisor before enrolling in their final 30 semester hours at CU Denver. Failure to do so may result in delay of graduation. Students presenting four years of high school foreign language (Level IV) for admission must see a departmental advisor before enrolling in courses for the major or minor. Students with CLEP credits or advanced placement credits from high school should see a departmental advisor about course equivalencies.
Before enrolling in their final semester, seniors demonstrate advanced oral and written proficiency in the language that they are studying through an oral proficiency interview and a written outcomes assessment exam. Students must see a departmental advisor to schedule proficiency tests in their language.
A minimum of 18 semester hours of course work leading to a major in French or Spanish must be taken from modern languages faculty at CU Denver. For a minor in Chinese, French, German or Spanish, 9 semester hours must be taken from modern languages faculty at CU Denver. Courses taken at other institutions while a student is enrolled at CU Denver may be applied to the major or minor only with departmental approval before enrollment in those courses.
The Department of Modern Languages offers first- and second-year Arabic courses.
Click here to learn about the requirements for the Chinese Studies Minor.
Click here to learn about the requirements for the French Major.
Click here to learn about the requirements for the French Minor.
Click here to learn about the requirements for the German Studies Minor.
Click here to learn about the Undergraduate Certificate in Applied German Language Skills.
The Department of Modern Languages offers first- and second-year courses in Classical Greek.
The study of Latin can help build a bridge between the rote learning of verbs and nouns, and the deeper meaning and history of many Western languages. Latin also continues to be widely employed as a source of vocabulary in such fields as medicine and science, academia and law. The Department of Modern Languages offers first- and second-year Latin language courses.
Click here to learn about the requirements for the Spanish Major.
Click here to learn about the requirements for the Spanish Minor.
Please go to the Graduate catalog to read about our graduate programs.