German, B.A., Minor

The ability to speak and read another language expands our range of communication and extends our world. At the same time, it offers new perspectives on our own culture and enriches self-understanding. In an increasingly global society, proficiency in a foreign language is an increasingly in-demand skill.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

The modern languages and literature department offers programs in: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Polish and Spanish.


The coursework required for students studying a foreign language covers all aspects of the language and related cultures, including:

  • Grammar
  • History and politics
  • Listening and understanding
  • Literature
  • Pronunciation

Career Options

Language majors have a diverse assortment of careers available to them in fields like:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Government
  • International relations
  • Law
  • Social work

Why Study German, B.A., Minor at Grand Valley?

Grand Valley State University has unique benefits and resources that give language students an enhanced learning experience and level of expertise.

  • Our Language Resource Center provides students with interactive, effective, and enjoyable ways to learn.
  • The department's experienced and dedicated faculty offer individual assistance to students.
  • The in-house study abroad program gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture and language they are studying.

For More Information

Modern Languages and Literatures
(616) 331-3203
Admissions Office

The instructors care about you and the quality of your education. They are experienced, passionate, and committed to helping you realize your own potential.


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