Modern Languages

  • State of the art Language Learning Center, Stroud 204

  • Visiting lecturer Dr. Aisha Lemtouni (Rabat, Morocco) on "French in the World"

  • Annual Awards Ceremony, French Honorees, April 2013

  • Students Honored with Service/Leadership Awards, 2013

About the Department

The Department of Modern Languages offers baccalaureate degree programs in French and Spanish. An Interdisciplinary German Studies Minor is also available, as are minors in French, Spanish and Chinese Language and Culture.

An Italian Minor is likely to be added in the future, reflecting strong interest in current Italian course offerings.

Latin is offered regularly. Ancient Greek, Portuguese, Arabic, Japanese and Russian can be offered on demand.

Our Focus

The primary focus of our major and minor programs is to teach students to communicate effectively in the target language, while allowing them to gain intercultural competencies that serve their professional and personal goals.

Emphasis is placed on situating language study within a larger cultural and historical context.

Why Learn a Language?

French in the World

Our Programs

Our programs are designed to prepare students for careers in:

  • Modern language education
  • International business and finance
  • International studies
  • Translation services
  • Relevant positions in the health and medical professions

The B.A. major in French or Spanish offers excellent preparation for graduate studies in a wide range of fields, including:

  • Modern languages
  • Comparative literatures and cultures
  • International relations
  • Diplomatic studies and
  • Law school

Second Major for Marketability

Increasingly, ESU students choose a Spanish or French B.A. major to complement another area of study, such as Business, Health, Nursing, Education and Hospitality.

These second/dual majors are typically seen by employers as a competitive edge in the hiring process. Career prospects for modern language majors, in the liberal arts and teaching, are very strong and continue to expand.

Accredited Programs

The B.S. major in French or Spanish offers K-12 teaching certification through the PDE (Pennsylvania Department of Education).

Our teaching certification programs in French and Spanish are accredited by PDE and by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education).

We have been granted NCATE's highest level of accreditation, National Recognition.