French/Spanish, B.A.

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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!

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
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.

Program Specifics

  • 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.