Modern Languages Minor

One course of study that’s often overlooked as a potential minor is a modern language. In the world as it is today, minoring in a modern language could prove to be a real advantage especially when it comes to employment opportunities.

According to a recent student by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, U.S. businesses need more multilingual employees. In fact, 85% of employers report Spanish as their most in-demand language. There’s no better time to increase your language skills with a Spanish major or minor – it will help you stand out as a valuable employee.

Grand View University offers college credit for students who have earned the Iowa Seal of Biliteracy.

Why Grand View?

  • Opportunity to live and study for a semester or a year in another country.
  • Internship opportunities at many study abroad sites.
  • Personal mentorship in small classroom settings.
  • International, intercultural competency to enhance employability.

Student Testimonials

  • "My Spanish classes were the most fun and informative classes I took at GV, and they were a relaxing, low stress environment to learn another language. It was very easy to get a double major with the Spanish program, and having a background in Spanish will only benefit you in future employment. There are also great study abroad options through the University that are the opportunity of a lifetime, and the professors in the program truly care about your success both inside and outside the classroom." - Kate
  • "The Department of Modern Languages is very competent and they not only taught me Spanish but also helped me understand the culture behind the language. The program is well thought-out to involve students in activities and events in the DSM community where they can practice their Spanish that leads to good experiences and connections. Once you are out of college you don’t only speak Spanish, but you also have professional connections in the community who speak Spanish and this has helped me to get to know other people and expand my network." - Miguel
  • "GV students, first and foremost, could not ask for more supportive teachers/mentors than who they will find in the Modern Languages Department at GV. It will beautifully compliment any primary major and make them even more marketable in the workforce." - Rachel

Degree Fit
This program could be a good fit if you:
  • Enjoy broadening your horizons while developing specific linguistic and cultural skills
  • Like to immerse yourself in courses in conversation, grammar, reading and comprehension of another langauge
  • Quickly pick up on other languages and are able to fluently speak, read and write other languages
Career Options

With this degree, you may become a/an:

  • Education
  • International business or non-profit
  • Social services
  • Law
  • Diplomacy
  • Tourism
  • Arts and culture organizations
Course Requirements
  • 18 semester credits in any modern language including Danish, French, Greek, or Spanish.

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