The Modern Foreign Languages major allows you to combine two language minors (French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish) into one major. Ideal for students who want to develop and demonstrate a mastery of more than one modern foreign language, the degree program provides students the opportunity to

  • Gain significant knowledge of the literatures and cultures of multiple countries
  • Learn important skills in literary and cultural analysis
  • Gain multicultural awareness

Graduates of the program leave Syracuse well-equipped for employment in a multitude of fields both nationally and internationally, including jobs in government, diplomacy, policy making, medicine, translation and interpretation, journalism, social work, art, film, and fashion.

Sample Courses

Core coursework covers linguistics, history, and literature. Sample courses include:

  • Community Outreach: Language in Action
  • Structure of Spanish
  • French Phonetics and Conversation
  • Advanced German
  • Russian Literature

Practical Experience

Seize opportunities to volunteer and intern professionally on campus, off campus, or internationally. Academic counselors and faculty advisors will guide you in aligning your interests and academic path with opportunities for growth.

Utilize the College of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Innovative Learning (iLEARN) for support with educational programs and your undergraduate research activities. The Center can help complement your traditional classroom and laboratory work with enhanced out-of-classroom learning experiences.

Join one of more than 350 student organizations at Syracuse University such as the Russian and Slavic Cultural Society, La Société Francophone, and the German Cultural Society.

Study Abroad

SU Abroad features more than 100 programs in 60 countries. You may choose semester, summer, short term, and yearlong options for international study. Modern Foreign Languages majors are strongly encouraged to spend a year abroad.

Life after Syracuse University

With a major in Modern Foreign Languages, you can explore such careers as:

  • Translator
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Interpreter
  • News Correspondent
  • Professor
  • Marketing Manager

You can also pursue graduate degrees in areas such as education, business, linguistics, music, and journalism. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.

Learn more about Modern Foreign Languages.