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Dr. Colorado-Garcia and students at Day of the Dead event

Welcome to the Department of Modern Foreign Languages!

Students in the department of Modern Foreign Languages immerse themselves in new cultures, ideas and languages. They study at home and abroad, preparing for new adventures upon graduation. Wherever their flight plans take them. Cardinals test their wings here. The sky is the limit for their bright futures.

As a Cardinal at SVSU, the Department of Modern Foreign Languages will give each student the skills to be an educator or a foreign correspondent. Or, students will learn how to bring their business skills to boardrooms beyond this continent. Whatever their aspirations, SVSU’s Department of Modern Foreign Languages can help each person achieve them. Approved by both the Michigan Department of Education and adhering to guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, SVSU’s programs promise to equip students with the communication skills required for language proficiency.

Language Programs and Courses Available

9 out of 10
employers rely on bilingual employees
of employers say the foreign language demand will increase
1 in 3
foreign language dependant U.S.A. employers report a language skills gap
Top 2
areas in need of foreign language skills are customer service and sales
Top 3 & 4
areas in need of foreign language skills are marketing and management
1 in 4
employers lost business due to a lack of foreign language skills.


Maribel Colorado-Garcia, Spanish Program
Curtiss 302
(989) 964-4632

Monika Dix, Modern Foreign Languages
Curtiss 144
(989) 964-4333

Julie Foss, French Program
Curtiss 189
(989) 964-4303