Modern Languages

French & Spanish Majors and Minors

Daemen College’s undergraduate degrees in modern language stress fluency and cultural appreciation and familiarity. The course work offered in culture, literature, composition and professionally related language skills provides our graduates with an ability to go beyond self expression to a level of real understanding and communication with hundreds of millions of people who live and work in cultures and situations different from our own.


Explore innovative options to combine your love of language and culture with coursework and internships that will prepare you for professional success!

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Additional Information

  • The Modern Language curriculum offers two tracks: one for students seeking adolescent education certification in languages other than English, and one for students who want to apply their language and cultural skills professionally.  Education Track students follow the NY State curriculum for provisional certifiation 7-12 grades. Professional Track students choose at least one minor in an area related to their professional goals and complete at least one professional internship.
  • In addition, the department also offers a variety of applied linguistics courses that will prepare students for graduate work and research.
  • The entire campus is served through its language learning courses.

Minors and More

  • Minors in French, Hispanic Studies, Spanish, Global Studies and International Business.
  • Individualized study programs.
  • Provisional New York State teaching certification.

Key Features

  • Ability to use language skills in hands-on, real-life assignments both in and out of class.
  • Access to native-speaking Language Assistants for language tutorials.
  • Availability of a wide variety of print, video and electronic teaching tools.
  • Ability to participate in language-specific community service projects or service learning programs.
  • Exciting and affordable study-abroad options.

Extra Opportunities

  • Spend a year, semester or summer studying in Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, France or Quebec.
  • Participate in cultural activities on and off campus with the Modern Language Student Association.
  • Get Service Learning credit working in bilingual schools, after-school programs or community organizations.
  • Gain professional experience with language related professional Internship.
  • Spend a semester working in Washington,D.C. at a foreign embassy.

Career Options

Graduates can obtain employment in teaching French or Spanish, Foreign and Government Service, global business and finance, human resource management, psychology and counseling, the health professions and community and public health, art and design, public relations, social services, community development, editing and translation, and numerous opportunities in U.S. branches of international companies.

Recent Graduates’ Jobs

International division, Bank of America; Spanish and French teachers, Frontier School District, Holland, Stepping Stone Charter School, Nichols School, Pembroke, Lancaster, Starpoint, in NY and Birmingham,Alabama, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Sumter, South Carolina; graduate programs at Canisius College, George Mason University, Carnegie Mellon University, SUNY AB.; School Psychologist and Technical Writer for the International Breast Cancer Study Group, ESL teacher, International Entrepreneurship.

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