Modern and Classical Languages program enriches your personal life, expands the range of professional opportunities open to you and increases your power to act as a citizen of the world.
Through its courses in language, literature and civilization, the department of modern and classical languages seeks to develop in all interested students an awareness and appreciation of both Western and non-Western cultures as well as the ability to communicate effectively in the language of their choice. The degree of proficiency sought and the skills to be attained are dependent on the career goals of the individual student. Individualized instruction, plus the opportunity to study abroad, permit qualified students to attain a degree of proficiency while preparing for careers in education, the humanities, science, government, law, business, nursing, interpretation/translation, tourism, hotel and restaurant administration or social welfare.
At the college level, you can begin a new language or build on your knowledge of a language that you have already studied.
Niagara University offers major degree programs in French and Spanish, and an interdisciplinary major in Romance Languages. There are minor programs in American Sign Language / Deaf Studies, Italian Studies and Latin American Studies, as well as language and culture courses in Chinese, Japanese, Latin, Arabic, and Classical Greek.
Not all courses in the language department are taught in a foreign language. We offer a number of courses in English, on the culture and literature of China, Japan, France, Spain, Italy, Latin America and the Arabic World, which do not require any previous study of a foreign language.
The Proficiency Test is an assessment tool meant to direct you to the level of language (French or Spanish) that is best suited to your abilities. Once you have completed the test, WebCAPE will indicate immediately which language course is the best match for developing and building upon your current skills. Assessment is free and takes approximately 20 minutes.
Dr. James A. McCutcheon Program Chair
Dr. Henrik C.
Professor of French
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Dr. James A.
Associate Professor of Spanish
Violanti, B.A., N.I.C.
Faculty Fellow - Modern Languages