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About This Program

You’re fascinated by other cultures, and you’re energized by conversations with individuals from diverse backgrounds. You want a career that incorporates the language, literature, and traditions of countries around the world. Foreign language may be the major for you.

Why Utica College

The foreign language program at Utica College enables students to major in either French or Spanish and combine their language study with courses in another field of professional interest—an interdisciplinary approach that prepares students for success in a diverse global marketplace. A skilled faculty, which includes several native speakers, helps students develop an understanding of grammar, literature, and foreign cultures through both classroom and study abroad experiences.

Contact Information

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(315) 792-3006

General Information


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French at Utica

Career Opportunities

Thanks to UC’s interdisciplinary curriculum, French and Spanish majors are prepared to succeed professionally in a broad range of fields, including:

    • Business
    • Social Services
    • Journalism
    • Teaching
    • Law
    • Travel and Tourism
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An emphasis on interdisciplinary study, combining study of French fo Spanish with learning in other fields.
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A Strong Foundation

Foundational learning is complemented by units in culture, conversation, literature, and advanced grammar or composition.

What You'll Learn

The program offers academic majors in Spanish and French, with classes in Italian and Latin also available. Foundational learning is complemented by units in culture, conversation, literature, and advanced grammar or composition, as well as a major-related sequence or minor in other professional areas, such as management, human rights advocacy, sociology, journalism, and education. The program also offers rich opportunities for foreign study experiences.

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Making Friends in Madrid

In her own words, UC alum Shauna Dieffenbach '13 discusses her experiences at Utica College studying Spanish and History and how pleasantly surprised she was at the affordability of a UC education.


Student Voices: Brittany Westcott

Foreign language major Brittany Wescott talks about her experience at UC studying French, meeting international students, traveling abroad, and more.

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More Than Words

Al-Andalus is the name given to a large area of present-day Spain and Portugal by the Umayyad caliphate of Damascus, which had conquered much of southwestern Europe by the early eighth century A.D. A large swath of the Iberian Peninsula would be ruled under this moniker for the next 800 years.

It is also the cultural crucible at the very center of Juan Thomas’s work as a researcher in sociolinguistics.

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