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World Languages and Cultures

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Mission Statement:

"With its interdisciplinary and global vision of a changing world, the Department of World Languages and Cultures contributes to the international education of students. If forms world citizens, able to interact responsibly with people and cultures in the United States and abroad.

As a major in our programs, you develop linguistic proficiency cultural literacy. With a deeper awareness of languages and you gain perspective on your role as an international citizen and understanding of the interdependency of nations and peoples."

 

Department Narrative

We are creating globally minded individuals who are well rounded and who will learn critical life skills.  These skills will be applicable to all types of future careers.  Our students will be empowered to adapt to all social and cultural situations.  With Fredonia’s language and culture courses, our students will have the foundation needed to achieve these goals.

The department of World Languages and Cultures at the State University of New York at Fredonia is unique because it has served as a leader in curriculum development and experimentation in methodology and pedagogy.  Our programs are student centered to best serve their needs and are aligned with baccalaureate goals.

 

Why Study Languages?

Languages open the door to many exciting careers in fields such as government, business, law enforcement (including borders and customs), mass media, non-profit organizations, and much more.  Some graduates are pursuing satisfying careers with airlines and international companies, with the IRS, as court interpreters, editors, and administrators, just to mention a few.

What Can You Do With a Foreign Language?

SUNY Fredonia's teacher candidates are among the best qualified in the region and sought our for employment even before graduation.  It is also not unusual for students to do their student teaching under the supervision of Fredonia alumni.

Knowledge of a second language expands your mind and mental flexibility, enhancing your job marketability.  Many employers believe that a multilingual employee is worth two.  Languages open opportunities to study and work abroad and make travel more interesting and meaningful.

 

List of Majors (Curriculum Map)
   Spanish
   French
   Adolescent Education

List of Minors
   Spanish
   French

Minors offered in Collaboration
   Italian
   Latin Studies

Other Languages Offered
  
Arabic
   German
   Italian
   Russian

 


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