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 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. Whether it is our international faculty supporting you in achieving your goals, connecting with multilingual students on campus, or studying abroad yourself, there are many ways to explore the world through the Modern Languages department.

Department Updates

  • Welcome to our newest full-time TESOL faculty members, Dr. Colum Yip, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Chloe Walters, Lecturer 1.

  • Congratulations to our 2023 recipient of the Virginia Levine, Ph.D. Scholarship, Tommy Briand!

  • TESOL Lecturer, Shena Driscoll Salvato, was selected to be a speaker at TEDx SUNY Cortland.


Mexican celebration brings a lighter side to the Other Side

Oct. 24, 2023
The Modern Languages Department is bringing Day of the Dead traditions to campus.

New grad wins Fulbright Award

May 16, 2023
Miranda Kistner ’23 will spend next year in a Madrid, Spain high school classroom.

SUNY Cortland earns high marks for online programs

Dec. 14, 2022
The university ranked No. 14 in New York, according to a recent ranking based on cost, student success and reputation. 

Students model European Union

Feb. 8, 2022
SUNY Cortland students gained diplomatic skills in a second year of virtual Model EU.

Student researchers make the most of summer experience

Aug. 17, 2021
Nine high-achieving students earned a summer undergraduate research fellowship in 2021, helping them pursue full-time scholarly work with a faculty member.


Our active language clubs celebrate languages and culturesjoin us!