World Languages and Cultures

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 major 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."

Did you know that...?

Foreign Languages and Cultures degrees are the Liberal Arts Majors that pay the most after graduation, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Learning a language will not only give you the capability 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.

What Careers and Jobs Can You Find With a Foreign Language?

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?

The department has a dedicated, enthusiastic and rigorous faculty who offer a variety of exciting courses in literature, linguistics, film, translation and cultural issues. We have several abroad programs in different countries as well as access to a multitude of programs through the SUNY system.

Did you know that...?

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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.

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