2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 29, 2023  
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Modern Languages Department

Paulo Quaglio, chair
Old Main, Room 228
Fax: 607-753-5965
Email: mdl@cortland.edu

School of Arts and Sciences

Modern languages professor talking to a student


Catherine Baranello, Myriam Benincore, Mark Cerosaletti, Hongli Fan, Christopher Gascón, Timothy Gerhard, Norma Helsper, Colleen Kattau, Patricia Martínez de la Vega, Suzanne McCutcheon, Susan Peterson, Marie Ponterio, Robert Ponterio, Paulo Quaglio, Shena Salvato, Codruta Temple, Wesley Weaver, Donna West

Adjunct Faculty

For a listing of adjunct faculty see the Faculty and Administration  section.

Degrees and Minors

Bachelor of Arts in Adolescence Education: French (7-12)
Bachelor of Arts in Adolescence Education: Spanish (7-12)
Bachelor of Arts in Adolescence Education: French and Spanish (7-12)
Bachelor of Arts in French
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (K-12)
    - Certification
    - Non-certification
Minor in French
Minor in Spanish
Minor in Teaching English as a Second Language


The Modern Languages Department offers opportunities for the study of foreign languages, foreign literatures and foreign cultures. Students develop multilingual communicative skills for a wide range of purposes. Liberal arts majors and minors in French, Spanish and Teaching English as a Second Language are available.

Students who incorporate professional education courses in their programs may qualify for initial certification in adolescence education (French, Spanish and French-Spanish) and Teaching English as a Second Language (grades K-12). In addition, adolescence education majors (French, Spanish and French-Spanish) may be eligible for a K-6 extension. Courses in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, German, and Italian are also offered.

The Modern Languages Department also offers academic support to all international students, undergraduate and graduate, in the areas of academic writing, academic grammar and vocabulary, and academic listening and speaking.

The department participates in interdisciplinary programs leading to majors in international studies  and the minor in Latino and Latin American studies .

Special Features

  • Study abroad
    See International and Study Abroad  programs for more information.
  • Honor Societies: National Honor Societies in French (Pi Delta Phi) and Spanish (Sigma Delta Pi)
  • Internship opportunities
  • Language clubs
  • Language Proficiency Certificates: SUNY Cortland has been chosen by the Chambre de Commerce de Paris as a testing site for the certificate for proficiency in commercial French.
  • Practicum in undergraduate teaching (French)
  • Up-to-date foreign language learning center for access to authentic electronic materials and for multimedia development
  • FLES methods course for K-6 certification extension (French and/or Spanish)


  1. Degree requirements  listed in this catalog apply to the majors offered by this department.
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements: 90 credit hours




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