Modern Languages and Literatures


Studying Modern Languages and Literatures at Oswego will help you plug into an increasingly globalized society. The study of languages, cultures and customs helps you become better atuned to all the world has to offer, and opportunities to study abroad and interact with other cultures provides can provide self-discovery as well. Our Modern Languages and Literatures department is one of the largest in the SUNY system.

Majors and Programs

We offes major and minor programs of study in French, German and Spanish. In addition, you can pursue a major in Language and International Trade, certification programs for teachers of French, German and Spanish, or a minor in Italian.

We also provide opportunities to study other languages including American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese.

Student Opportunities

Opportunities to study abroad for a semester, a year or in shorter intensive international programs will immerse you in the cultures of the world. On campus, a very active Modern Languages and Literatures department hosts film series, cultural festivals, music, speakers and more. Student clubs bring together those interested in particular languages, countries and cultures. Our Hart Hall Global Livng and Learning Center is an active residence hall for both international students and U.S. students interested in global affairs.


Our faculty brings a world of experience and talent to their courses in languages, literatures and cultures. You can see a list below or visit the department faculty page for more information.

American Sign Language:
Laura Latray-Corey

Ahmed Ould-Mohamed

Ching Hung Hsiao

Susan Bertonneau
Lenuta Giukin
Allen Stagl
Stewart Smith

Ana Djukic-Cocks
Petra Harris
George Koenig
Johanna Henry
John Lalande, Department Chair (e-mail)

Joseph Alessia

Yoshiko Fujita-Butler

Portuguese and Spanish:
Tracy Lewis

E. Barriero
Jesus Freire
Gloria Canale Giberson
Milton Loayza
Zoraida Lopez
Gabriella Rumrill
Beatriz Salcedo-Strumpf
Cecilia Tafur
Alicia Vadillo
Georgina Wittingham

Department Secretary:
Brenda Farnham (e-mail)

After Oswego

Our graduates can pursue a world of opportunity. Some travel to other countries to teach English, while others remain stateside to teach foreign languages. Some use their degrees in fields including international relations, multinational business, social work, communication and more. Many students find a language major or minor an advantage when seeking work in a world where a global knowledge base makes them more marketable.