Skip to main content
Students at overhead

The Modern and Classical Languages Department offers B.A. degrees in French, and Spanish.

One of the great strengths of our program is the cooperation among faculty of diverse languages and specializations. Recently the department launched its new Ambassador Model for Learning and Teaching, which holds up a vision of what our majors achieve and how we help them reach their goals. The model affirms our common commitments to four areas that underpin the virtues of ambassadorship:

Interlocking circles graphic

In addition to our major programs, we offer strong minor programs in French, German, Italian, and Spanish and two years of course work in Chinese and Classics, and one year in Arabic. Students who plan to teach a foreign language are encouraged to take a second language, as flexibility enhances your chances of success in your post-college career.

We strongly encourage our majors to study abroad. The International Education Office provides numerous low-cost opportunities for global learning—including opportunities in French-speaking Quebec, Canada; Paris, France; Salamanca, Spain; and Siena, Italy, to name just a few.

In our major programs we are able to offer you small classes which promote student participation and proficiency in the foreign languages and afford you, the student, the opportunity to get to know your professors well.

Undergraduate Programs

The B.A. programs develop students' ability to use the spoken and written language as they learn about the culture, history, and literature of the areas of the world where this language is spoken.

French majors in the BA program can choose between a professional French track, for those who wish to use their language skills at work in a professional setting, and the Francophone studies track, for those who wish to become translators or intepreters, or who just wish to have a better understanding of the culture and history of the 30+ countries where French is spoken.

Spanish majors in the B.A. program select a sequence of courses that focuses either on Spanish literature and culture, or on Latin American culture and Spanish American literature. Students are encouraged to study in Spain, Latin America, or France for a semester or year. Freshmen who want to teach French or Spanish begin their studies in the B.A. program.


The classical studies minor enables students to study the languages and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, including their art, history, mythology, philosophy, and theater.

The French, German, Italian, and Spanish minors enable students to study a foreign language and the culture of the countries in which that language is spoken.

The interdisciplinary international studies minor give students the opportunity to combine their language skills with another field, such as economics, history, or women’s studies.

After graduation, students can choose to pursue a master of science in foreign language education or a post baccalaureate teacher certification to prepare for a career in education.

Graduate Program

The master of science in education degree in foreign-language teaching is designed primarily to accommodate the needs of initially licensed 7-12 French or Spanish teachers for professional licensure in the teaching of foreign languages and extension of the certificate to the 1-6 level. Because the degree is intended to accommodate full-time, practicing teachers, it is expected that most will be enrolled as part-time students.

Certificate Programs

The French and Spanish post baccalaureate teacher certification programs prepare students with an academic background in French or Spanish to teach in grades 7 through 12. Students complete 42 credits of undergraduate coursework combining a study of language, culture, and literature with professional teacher preparation.

The program fulfills educational requirements for initial teaching certification from the New York State Education Department, including student teaching. Students must then meet additional certification requirements, including passing the NYS Teacher Certification Examination. No degree or certificate is awarded by Buffalo State.

Back to Top

Modern and Classical Languages

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Buckham Hall B234
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5414 •  Fax: (716) 878-6730