Modern Languages Department

The ability to speak another language and understand its culture becomes your passport to greater global awareness. With majors in French and Spanish; degrees leading to teaching certification in French, Spanish and Teaching English as a Second Language; plus courses in Arabic, Chinese, German, Italian and American Sign Language, Cortland provides an international perspective.

Because nothing builds language skills like immersion in another culture, we encourage you to study abroad through our programs in Spain, Mexico, Venezuela, Germany and France. Whatever choices you make, your Cortland degree will provide a solid foundation for foreign language teaching or careers in international business and other professions.


Students, faculty offered free global news briefings

Aug. 27, 2019
Students can receive free daily news briefings on important international events.

Chancellor’s Award Winners Named

May 7, 2019
Faculty and professional staff members will be honored at Commencement.

Colorful Commencement to Cap College Careers

May 7, 2019
Graduates will wrap up their college careers in a Blaze of color May 17 and 18.

New Class Takes Break in Cuba

April 23, 2019
Four students sampled Cuban culture and politics with Professor Jeremiah Donovan.

Spanish Club Writes to Border Detainees

April 23, 2019
Members expressed support in 40 heartfelt letters to asylum-seekers.


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