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World Languages and Cultures

Did you know that...?

  • Foreign Languages and Cultures degrees are the liberal arts majors that pay the most after graduation.
  • Foreign Languages and Cultures will not only allow you to communicate with people from other country or culture but also will improve your communication skills in your native language and provide "soft skills" which employers value and seek.
  • Languages are not only meant for teaching. They 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.
  • Knowledge of a second language expands your mind and mental flexibility and enhances 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.


Why Fredonia?

  • a dedicated, enthusiastic and rigorous faculty
  • a variety of exciting courses in literature, linguistics, film, translation and cultural issues.
  • several study abroad programs in different countries
  • access to a multitude of programs through the SUNY system.

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Our Adolescence Education program in French and Spanish is one of the few in the nation to have achieved National Recognition status through the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), currently being replaced by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). In Fredonia, you will join a solid and prestigious program that will prepare you for a successful career.

Fredonia Foundation foreign language requirement.

Due to current circumstances, we have updated the exam policy, which can be found here. Here's the link to the google doc:
Foreign Language Policy for Spring 2020 ONLY (Google Doc)

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. It forms world citizens, able to interact responsibly with people and cultures in the United States and abroad. As a student in our programs, you develop linguistic proficiency and cultural literacy. With a deeper awareness of languages, you gain perspective in your role as an international citizen and understanding of the interdependency of nations and peoples."

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