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Minors


The department of Modern Languages offer minors in Chinese Studies, French, German and Spanish.

Getting a minor can help build your skills in your field of study when correctly applied to a complementing major.

A minor degree can also be beneficial when you know what type of career you want to get into after graduation. In many cases what you major in does not necessarily reflect what kind of career you will go into. But if you see yourself leaning toward a certain career, you can pair this somewhat unrelated major to a minor that correlates between the two.

Minoring in a language can be a great way to help you stand out from your competition in the job market.

Chinese Studies Minor

Director: I-hao Woo
Office: Department of Modern Languages, Plaza Building 118 V
Telephone: 303-556-6522
E-mail: i-hao.woo@ucdenver.edu

Faculty Advisor:

I-hao Woo, 303-556-6522

The Program in Chinese Studies

This innovative program offers specialized study of China through coursework in the related disciplines of language, anthropology, history, geography, literature and political science. China's economic and political presence is increasingly prominent in the United States. According to a recent national survey, Chinese is the fastest-growing foreign language in American colleges and universities. UC Denver is uniquely positioned to make use of its location as the cultural, economic and political center of the Rocky Mountain region and of its diverse, well trained and highly qualified faculty to offer a course of interdisciplinary studies related to China.

The increasing prominence of China in world affairs has made knowledge of Chinese language and cultures a valuable asset in numerous fields. Today, career opportunities abound for Chinese studies graduates in government, international business, banking and financial services, law, medicine, journalism, and graduate study in Sinology. The breadth of the program's course offerings, coupled with the resources of the faculty, ensures that its graduates will be especially well prepared for any of these professional pursuits.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The program in Chinese studies offers a host of study abroad opportunities throughout the academic year and every summer. UC Denver has ongoing programs in Beijing and Taipei, as well as an association with Yunnan University in Kunming. Study abroad programs of five weeks to one year in length may be arranged, and program faculty can help students enroll in intensive Chinese language programs in Taiwan or on the mainland. Students pursuing the minor in Chinese language and area studies are encouraged to complete the program with a period of residence and study in China.

Requirements for the Minor

The minor requires a total of 21 credit hours. A minimum of 15 credit hours must be taken from Downtown Campus faculty. All courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

All students must complete the following three courses:

  • CHIN 1010, Beginning Chinese I (five credit hours)
  • CNST 1000, China and the Chinese (three credit hours)

Note: CNST 1000 should be taken toward the beginning of the minor. Students must take a minimum of five credit hours of Chinese language courses.

 

An additional 13 hours of coursework should be selected from the following list of possible courses:

  • ANTH 4000, Food in China and Beyond (three credit hours)
  • ANTH 4995, Travel Study: The Arts of Self and Society in Contemporary China (three credit hours)
  • CHIN 1020, Beginning Chinese II (five credit hours)
  • CHIN 2110, Second Year Chinese I (five credit hours)
  • CHIN 2120, Second Year Chinese II (five credit hours)
  • FA 4750, Arts of China (three credit hours)
  • GEOG 3160, Geography of China (three credit hours)
  • HIST 4420: Traditional China: China to 1600 (three credit hours)
  • HIST 4421, Modern China (three credit hours)
  • PSC 4186, East Asia in World Affairs (three credit hours)
  • PSC 4615, Politics and Government of China (three credit hours)
  • PSC 4726, Russian and Chinese Foreign Policy (three credit hours)
  • PHIL 3666, Asian Philosophies and Religions (three credit hours)
  • PHIL 3981, Chinese Philosophy (three credit hours)
  • RLST 3600, Comparative Religion: Religions of China (three credit hours)

 

New courses may not appear in the course description section of the catalog. Contact the faculty advisor for the most updated information.

French Minor

The French program offers courses in advanced language, linguistics, literature, civilization, culture and business, all taught exclusively in French. Students benefit from a state-of-the-art language lab with Internet access and multimedia software programs, as well as technologically "smart" classrooms.

French minors are strongly encouraged to participate in one of UC Denver's Study Abroad Programs. Please see a faculty member in French for information about opportunities to include study abroad as part of your minor.

Admission and Grade Requirements

To be admitted to minor status in French, students must have an overall GPA of C+ (2.3). The minimum grade acceptable in any French course applied to a French minor is C (2.0). The average grade in all courses applied to a French minor at UC Denver must be 2.5. No courses taken on a pass/fail basis may be credited toward a French minor.

Upon declaring a minor in French, 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 students have their transcripts reviewed by their advisor before enrolling in their final 30 credit hours at UC Denver. Failure to do so may result in delay of graduation.

Students presenting four years if high school French (Level IV) for admission to UCD must see a French advisor before enrolling in courses for the minor. Students with Advanced Placement credits from high school or CLEP credits should see a French advisor about course equivalencies.

Requirements for the French Minor

Students minoring in French must complete 15 semester hours of upper division French courses (courses numbered 3000 and above). A minimum of nine of these semester hours must be taken from the faculty in French at UC Denver. Courses taken at other institutions while a student is enrolled at UC Denver may be applied to the minor only with departmental approval before enrollment in those courses.

The minor in French must include at least one language skills class, chosen from the following (all are three credit hours):

  • French 3010, French Phonetics and Pronunciation
  • French 3020, Oral Practice
  • French 3050, Advanced Grammar & Composition
  • French 3060, Advanced French Language Skills

In addition, students with a minor in French must select and complete 12 hours of French electives.


For More information Please contact:

Diane Dansereau

Plaza 118-S, 303-556-2760

diane.dansereau@ucdenver.edu

German Minor

Course Requirements

 

Students minoring in German must complete 15 semester hours of upper division German courses (courses numbered 3000 and above) including at least one of the following skills courses:

 
  • GER 3030, German Conversation
  • GER 3050, Phonetics & Pronunciation
  • GER 3060, Advanced German Language Skills I
  • GER 3070, Advanced German Language Skills II
  • GER 3080, Advanced German Language Skills III
  • GER 3090, Advanced German Language Skills IV
 

Courses Taught in English

Students taking a German course taught in English must complete a portion of the coursework (e.g., papers and/or exams) in German in order for the course to count toward the minor.

 

Course Substitutions 

Course substitutions for required courses are possible, but students must consult with and receive approval from the German faculty before any substitutions are accepted.

 

General Requirements

Minimum Grades

The minimum grade acceptable in any German course applied to the German minor is a C or (2.0). The average grade in all German courses applied to the UC Denver German minor must be 3.2 or higher.

 

Residency Requirements

All students minoring in German must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of upper division German from UC Denver German faculty. Students who participate in a departmentally approved study abroad program may apply additional credits towards the residency requirement for the German minor with prior UC Denver German faculty approval.

 

Advising

Upon declaring a minor in German, 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 students have their transcripts reviewed by their advisor before enrolling in their final 30 credit hours at UC Denver. Failure to do so may result in delay of graduation.

 

Study Abroad

Students learning German are encouraged to study abroad in a German-speaking country. Please see a faculty member in German about including study abroad in your curriculum and about the application of courses taken abroad to your program.


 

For More Information Please Contact:

Tim Phillips, Advisor for German Studies

Plaza Building, Room 118 C

303-556-8465

Tim.Phillips@ucdenver.edu

 

Spanish Minor 

 

A minor in Spanish requires 15 credit hours of upper division courses. A minimum of one course 3 credit hours is required from the Culture and Civilization category. The remaining 12 credit hours can be chosen from any of the four listed categories: Culture and Civilization, Literature of Spanish or Spanish America, Language Skills and Theory, or the 4000 Level courses.

Admission and Grade Requirements

Students minoring in Spanish must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.3, and a GPA of 2.5 in Spanish. The minimum grade acceptable in courses applied to the minor is C (2.0). No course taken on a pass/fail basis may be credited toward the minor in Spanish.
Upon declaring a minor in Spanish, each student will be assigned to a faculty advisor, with whom the student should consult at least once per semester thereafter. It is important that students minoring in Spanish have their transcripts reviewed by a departmental advisor before enrolling in their final 15 credit hours at UC Denver, to preclude a delay in graduation. Students presenting four years of high school Spanish (Level IV) for admission, Advanced Placement credits from high school or CLEP credits should see a Spanish advisor about course equivalencies before enrolling in courses for the major.

For detailed information please download the Spanish Minor Flyer 

Course Requirements


Culture and Civilization of Spain or Spanish America

1. A minimum of one course is REQUIRED from the list below - 3 credits per course 

  • SPAN 3070 Bilingual Communities 
  • SPAN 3212 Spanish American Culture and Civilization 
  • SPAN 3213 Contemporary Latin American Culture and Institutions 
  • SPAN 3221 Culture and Civilization of Spain I SPAN 3222 Culture and Civilization of Spain II 
  • SPAN 3223 Contemporary Spanish Culture and Institutions 
  • SPAN 3225 Special Topics In Hispanic Culture 
  • SPAN 3230 Ibero-American Culture Through Film
 

Choose 12 credit hours (four courses) from the following courses: 

  • SPAN 3010 Advanced Conversation and Composition I 
  • SPAN 3020 Advanced Conversation and Composition II 
  • SPAN 3060 Hispanic Phonetics: Theory and Practice
  • SPAN 3070 Bilingual Communities 
  • SPAN 3082 Introduction to Translation I 
  • SPAN 3092 Introduction to Translation II 
  • SPAN 3212 Spanish American Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 3213 Contemporary Latin American Culture and Institutions 
  • SPAN 3221 Culture and Civilization of Spain I
  • SPAN 3222 Culture and Civilization of Spain II
  • SPAN 3223 Contemporary Spanish Culture and Institutions
  • SPAN 3225 Special Topics In Hispanic Culture
  • SPAN 3230 Ibero-American Culture through Film
  • SPAN 3252 Introduction to the Study of Literature in Spanish
  • SPAN 3300 Twentieth Century Spanish Literature
  • SPAN 3400 Survey of Spanish Literature I

These courses are only a sample of the courses available. For a detailed list of all the courses offered please download the Spanish Minor Flyer.

For More Information Please Contact:

Maria Fernandez Martinez

Advisor for last names ending in P-R
Plaza Building, Room 118 A
303-556-4308
maria.fernandezmartinez@ucdenver.edu


Andrés Lema-Hincapié
Advisor for last names ending in A-F
Plaza Building, Room 118 B
303-556-3443
andres.lema-hincapie@ucdenver.edu

 

Alyssa Martoccio
Advisor for last names ending in G-O
Plaza Building, Room 118 E
303-556-32840
alyssa.martoccio@ucdenver.edu


 
Revised 10/2011​

MINOR IN LINGUISTICS (the minor is effective fall 2017, but students may enroll in elective courses now)

Minor Degree Program in Linguistics
The minor in Linguistics is an interdisciplinary program awarded through the Department of Modern Languages. The minor is designed to guide students through an exact and structured discipline that examines various aspects of the nature of human language. A Linguistics minor may be of particular interest to students majoring in a Foreign Language, as well as majors in such fields as Anthropology, English, Communication, Education, Philosophy, and Sociology. The Linguistics minor is open to all undergraduate students at CU Denver.
Admission and Grade Requirements
To be admitted to minor status in Linguistics, students must have an overall GPA of C+ (2.3). The minimum grade acceptable in any course applied to a Linguistics minor is C (2.0). The average grade in all courses applied to a Linguistics minor at CU Denver must be 2.5. No courses taken on a pass/fail basis may be credited toward a Linguistics minor.
Upon declaring a minor in Linguistics, 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 students have their transcripts reviewed by their advisor before enrolling in their final 30 credit hours at CU Denver. Failure to do so may result in delay of graduation.
Requirements for the Minor in Linguistics:
Students minoring in Linguistics must complete a minimum of 15 credits of coursework pertaining to the field of Linguistics. A minimum of 9 credit hours must be taken from CU Denver faculty. A minimum of 6 credit hours must be upper division (3000 or above). Courses taken at other institutions may be applied to the minor but only with approval of a Linguistics faculty advisor in the Department of Modern Languages.
Required Courses (6 credits)
LING 2000 – Foundations of Linguistics (fall)
LING 3100 – Language in Society (spring)

Elective Courses (9 credits minimum):
Choose from the following courses:
ANTH 3121 Language, Culture, and Communication
CLDE 1000 Language, Power & Identity
CLDE 4030 Language Development and Acquisition
CLDE 4820 Teaching Bilingual Learners
ENGL 3160 Language Theory
ENGL 4080 History of the English Language
ENGL 4190 Special Topics (only if the topic addresses Linguistics)
ENGL 4601 Principles & Practices of Second Language Acquisition
ENGL 4651 Second Language Writing
FREN 3010 French Phonetics and Pronunciation
FREN 4600 History of the French Language
GRMN 3050 Phonetics and Pronunciation of the German Language
GRMN 4050 Advanced German Phonetics and Language History
MLNG 4690 Methods of Teaching Modern Languages (or cross-listed equivalent in CHIN, FREN, GRMN, SPAN)
MLNG 4691 Methods of Teaching Modern Languages II
PHIL 2441 Logic, Language and Scientific Reasoning
SPAN 3060 Spanish Phonetics: Theory and Practice
SPAN 3270 Bilingual Communities: Spanish as a Language of Contact
SPAN 4010 History of the Spanish Language
SPAN 4020 Spanish Sociolinguistics
SPAN 4060 Dialects of the Spanish Speaking World
SPAN 4070 Spanish Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition
SPAN 4076 Spanish in Colorado
SPAN 4080 Spanish in the United States
SPAN 4099 Special Topics in Spanish Linguistics
  •  Any additional courses with a LING prefix may be accepted toward the minor in Linguistics.
  • Other courses not listed here may also be considered toward the completion of the Linguistics minor, with evidence of a heavy linguistic emphasis. Please consult with a faculty advisor for approval.