The study of international languages and cultures has become increasingly essential in today's globally interdependent society, particularly as it helps facilitate cultural understanding and appreciation, and a greater exchange of material and intellectual goods. Oswego's Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and is one of the largest programs in the SUNY system.

Our diverse department offers a major in language and international trade, majors and in French, German, Spanish and a minor in Italian. Supplemental language courses are offered in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, American Sign Language and Portuguese. For students interested in cultural studies we offer French, German and Italian cultural studies minors.

Chinese language, culture summer program offered at SUNY Oswego in Syracuse

SUNY Oswego in Syracuse this summer will host STARTALK, a free Chinese language and culture academy, thanks to a grant two SUNY Oswego faculty members obtained through a U.S. National Security Agency language initiative to train more people who speak "critically needed foreign languages."

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Alum Jesse Corfield standing in school hallway

Alum selected as Fulbright finalist

Jesse Corfield '14, Spanish major and linguistics minor has been selected as a Fulbright finalist to teach English in Brazil. He is currently with the Peace Corps in Albania, teaching English.


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Student spotlight

Language and international trade and French major, Peterly Jean Baptiste

Meet Peterly Jean Baptiste, a freshman dual major in language and international trade and French. Already working with the Sustainability Office under a grant with the American Farmland Trust and co-president of a campus environmental club, Jean Baptiste aims to return someday to his Haitian homeland to see what he can accomplish. Read more >