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Undergraduate degree programs that bring you closer to the world

Explore the world and immerse yourself in the places that inspire you with the University of Denver's programs in literatures, languages and cultures.

With a degree from our department, you'll be equipped not only to thrive across borders and boundaries but also to launch an exciting career. While you advance your language abilities, you'll also have opportunities to study abroad, discover the social and historical forces that shape cultures, or pair your degree with a double major or minor in another field. Graduates of our programs have gone on to roles in international business and development, foreign policy, nonprofit management and international relations, among many other fields.

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College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Arabic (Courses Only)

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About this Program

While there is no major or minor available, the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures does provide advanced courses in Arabic. 

Unlike traditional Arabic programs in the United States, students begin with spoken Arabic and gradually integrate Modern Standard Arabic through graded reading selections. By using the language in meaningful contexts, emphasis is placed on real communication and on developing proficiency in the language. Grammar is studied as it serves communication.

Studying Arabic can fulfill the foreign language requirement required of most undergraduate students at DU. Arabic students often pursue careers in fields such as journalism, business, translation, foreign service, finance, education and more.

Contact Maha Foster to learn more.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Chinese

Minor

About this Program

Delve into the world's most commonly spoken language while exploring a vibrant, varied culture. Our Chinese classes are designed to prepare our students to engage in a global world, equipped with Chinese language skills and cultural knowledge. Our students will apply their linguistic and cultural competencies to a wide variety of majors and careers, most notably, international studies and business. They will develop problem-solving skills to address future global challenges.

We offer study abroad opportunities in multiple locations in China to students who have completed two years of language study. Among them, the language immersion program at China Studies Institute hosted in Beijing University is one of our star programs.

Our faculty and students collaborate on opportunities that advance scholarly inquiry, cultivate critical and creative thought, and generate knowledge.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

French and Francophone Studies

BA, Minor

About this Program

Our BA in French and Francophone Studies hones your speaking, reading and translation skills while deepening your critical understanding of France and the Francophone world.

You'll receive an immersive language experience by studying literature, culture and film and by engaging in discussions and analyses with faculty and classmates. Take these studies a step further by completing a senior thesis in French and earning distinction in the major.

Outside the classroom, you can join the DU Francoscope Club, explore internship opportunities or study abroad in places like France, Senegal, Madagascar, Quebec, Belgium, Switzerland and Morocco.

Our graduates go on to become artists, computer programmers, translators, NGO directors and lawyers. And with French-speaking Canada as the United States’ most important export market, French-speakers have opportunities to excel in international commerce and business.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

German

BA, Minor

About this Program

Studying the language, cultures and histories of German speaking countries offers students opportunities to develop effective communication skills as well as intercultural competencies that will further their role as responsible global citizens. The German program complements language study with courses in German literature and film as well as contextual study of political and cultural histories.

Students collaborate closely with experienced faculty and take advantage of our many excellent study abroad programs to achieve their professional goals. With a degree in German, students have access to a broad range of career opportunities such as in international business, non-profits, the sciences and government.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Greek (Courses Only)

Studio

About this Program

While there is no major or minor available, the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures does provide advanced courses in Greek. 

The study of Greek is available on a tutorial-basis only, but will satisfy the foreign language requirement that is expected of most undergraduate students at DU. Many students who study Latin choose to pair that with Greek, and certain Greek courses can be taken for credit in the Latin Minor.  We encourage your "love of language" — both of Latin and Greek, as well as English. Broaden your perspective as you read ancient texts that still speak to our human condition in the best and worst of times.

For more information, contact Victor Castellani.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Hebrew

Minor

About this Program

Modern Hebrew is the official language of Israel, one of the world’s fastest growing high-tech global economies and a country of constant importance on the world stage. Learning Hebrew at DU introduces students to Israel’s ethnic diversity and multiculturalism. Incorporating music, poetry, short stories, media and movies, the Hebrew Minor introduces students to Hebrew at various levels of the languages while enriching their exploration of Israel’s pluralist mosaic. The minor is particularly invaluable to research of the Middle East and its politics, economics, technology, journalism, religion, peace, migration and international studies as well as other fields of study.

The Hebrew program at DU emphasizes the proficiency approach to language instruction. In small class settings, personal attention is placed on the student’s linguistic abilities, learning style, sources of motivation and other individual factors. The learning experience is both innovative and varied, and the pedagogy ranges from traditional to novel methods of instruction.

The Center for Judaic Studies partners with us to provide a minor in Judaic studies with a Hebrew emphasis. Learn more about this option on the Judaic Studies minor program page.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Italian

BA, Minor

About this Program

Studying Italian at DU will foster your ability to master more than one language and culture, an asset as a global citizen. In the Italian major, you’ll study the Italian language and its manifestations in history as well as cultural studies from the past to the present. Our faculty work closely with students to build an understanding of the relationship between language and culture.

Any language study requires immersion, and we offer study abroad options that support a variety of student interests. You can study language in Perugia, learn about business in Milan and Turin, or enhance your understanding of Italian art in Florence. You’ll finish the Italian degree with the necessary linguistic and cultural background to pursue prestigious fellowships or attend graduate school in Italian Studies. You’ll also gain a foundation of experience to achieve professional goals in the world of business, international relations and education.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Japanese

Minor

About this Program

The Japanese program at DU prepares students to become informed international citizens who develop effective Japanese language and cultural communication expertise. Our students apply their Japanese linguistic, literary and cultural competencies to a wide variety of majors, careers and future global challenges. At the same time, they deepen their empathy for and curiosity about the diversity of human experiences. Our faculty and students collaborate on opportunities that advance scholarly inquiry, cultivate critical and creative thought, and work to better our local and global communities.

Japanese clubs and events on DU's campus provide fun ways to further engage with Japanese language, literature and culture. With study abroad opportunities in desirably located premium universities in Japan you can hone your linguistic and cultural competencies while immersing yourself in contemporary Japanese life.

Alumni of the program have participated in the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and have won the prestigious Boren Scholarship for Japanese and the competitive Critical Language Scholarship for Japanese, among other awards.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Latin

Minor

About this Program

The study of Latin is a proven way to deepen your appreciation of human culture while gaining insight into how the many modern languages descended from Latin or strongly influenced by it developed. It also helps you to refine your understanding of how English conveys spirit and meaning and to better employ English's unique powers. Building upon the elementary Latin sequence taught by the Center for World Languages and Cultures, the minor explores original texts composed long ago that still inform Western thought in the 21st century.

As your study advances you will gain insight into ancient Mediterranean culture and society and the contributions of ancient writers in Latin to literature and philosophy, religion and law. These contributions have enduring impact on our modern world — the thoughts we think, the words we use, the ideals to which we aspire.

Students often pair Latin minors with majors in English, history, philosophy in the humanities, or with political science or other social sciences.

Courses taught in English with the GREK* code offer general education and elective credit for students curious or excited about mythology, drama happy or sad, or (with a nod to Disney Studios) true heroism.

Tutorials in classical Greek may be available upon application.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Russian

BA, Minor

About this Program

With a BA in Russian, you'll hone written and oral communication skills, as well as a deep knowledge of Russian culture, history, art, literature and politics.

We work to actively support dual-degree seekers who want to pair their knowledge of Russian with majors like international studies, international business and intercultural communications. You can even build your study of Russian culture into an honors thesis project that will allow you to graduate with distinction in the major.

DU houses one of the most extensive university collections of Russian literature, and you can expand your knowledge of Russian further through DU's Russian Club and Dobro Slovo, the National Slavic Honor Society.

Away from campus, immersive study abroad opportunities give you real-world experience in a country that wields enormous influence over global affairs. Because Russia is a political and economic international superpower, a thorough understanding of the language and culture means you'll have career options both at home and abroad.

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Spanish

BA, Minor

About this Program

The Spanish major and minor programs are now in the Department of Spanish Language, Literary and Cultural Studies (SLLCS).