With a growing number of Spanish speakers and expanded job opportunities for those with Spanish-language skills, the importance of this degree — which you can also combine with many other majors — continues to grow.


The study of modern languages, literatures and cultures helps emphasize similarities and improve communication between people and nations in our global society. Our department of modern languages and literatures, among the largest in the SUNY system, offers learning in small classes led by faculty who encourage active use of your chosen language, as well as many study-abroad opportunities.

Practice your language skills at the weekly international coffee hour and in the friendly department’s foyer. Attend foreign films, lectures, discussions and field trips, and participate in Hispanic Heritage Month and other programs. Take advantage of study-abroad programs in Barcelona and Latin America, or enroll in a Global Cities course that takes you to Madrid.


Bachelor of Arts

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  • Communicate fluently in Spanish
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the culture
  • Develop insights into the nature of language and culture
  • Participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world

Career Opportunities

  • Teaching
  • Government
  • Foreign trade
  • Travel
  • Publishing
  • Banking
  • Tourism
  • Intelligence
  • Interpretation

I've studied abroad 3 times. I totally recommend it and believe that it opens your mind and perspective to whole new horizons and makes you realize how big yet how small our world really is.

I love all of the opportunities through the Modern Languages and Literatures Department. There are countless travel abroad programs to learn and practice the language in real time.

The advisors and the professors (and everyone else) generally care about what your plans for the future are and they are there to guide you along the way.

Program Resources

The Oswego Guarantee

  • Timely course offerings
  • High touch connections to alumni
  • Small student to faculty ratio
  • Limited room & board increases each year
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Movie Series

Through out the year our department hosts a free movie series featuring French, German, Portuguese and Spanish language movies, all with subtitles.

Study Abroad

Take classes and participate in internships while immersing yourself in all that region has to offer.


The Global Experience Travel Grant from Oswego is a monetary award specifically designed to encourage, support and promote student travel abroad to countries where languages other than English are spoken. Apply for this grant through the Modern Languages and Literatures Department.

Fulbright Scholarship

Excel in our program and as a graduating senior, master student or Oswego alumni you can apply for a Fulbright Scholarship to help fund research abroad or to teach English in another country.

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