Nine out of 10 U.S. employers rely on employees with language skills other than English.

Gain language fluency and cultural understanding with a career-specific focus.

 

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The modern languages program adheres to American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages guidelines.

Program Benefits

  • Coursework focuses on culture, literature, linguistics, composition and professionally related language skills, giving graduates a competitive edge in the workforce.
  • Choose from long- or multiple short-term study abroad programs to gain linguistic and cultural competency.
  • Engage in local, national, or international internship and service learning opportunities.
  • Work with our language assistants, who are native and heritage speakers within the Daemen community, to build communicative fluency.
  • Showcase your linguistic abilities, research skills, and personal interests by completing a senior project in your language of study.
  • Explore career interests as a professional track language major through our +PLUS Pathways options, which include community development, community health promotion, global business, health policy, human resource administration and social sciences.
  • Students can be confident in being well-prepared for a rewarding career as a language teacher through our adolescent education in French or Spanish program options. 
  • Enhance your major with a minor in a language!
Dual/Double Major Options

The professional track and dual/double major option offer a career specific focus that prepares graduates to become bilingual professionals in the field of their choice. Options include language with a variety of area specialties, including natural science, psychology, sustainability, English, paralegal studies, health promotion, social work, political science, history, mathematics, business, and more.

Career Outlook

Modern Language students are prepared for employment in a variety of fields where language abilities are a critical resource.

  • Interpreter/translator
  • Social worker
  • Paralegal
  • Attorney 
  • Public relations manager
  • Medical assistant
  • Health care practitioner
  • Speech language pathologist
  • Post-secondary teacher 
  • Producer
  • International relations specialist
  • Hotel manager
  • Politician

Program Specifics

Employment Statistics

  • Fifty-six percent of employers say their foreign language demand will increase in the ​next five years.
  • Forty-seven percent state a need for language skills exclusively for the domestic market.
  • One in three language-dependent U.S. employers report a language skills gap.
  • One in four U.S. employers lost business due to a lack of language skills.
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