Daemen's Modern Language program focuses on language fluency and cultural understanding a with career-specific focus. Majors include a B.A. in French or Spanish. Dual/Double Majors include Language and a variety of area specialties, including but not limited to: Natural Science, Psychology, Sustainability, English, Paralegal Studies, Health Promotion, Social Work, Political Science, History, Mathematics, Business.
The coursework offered in culture, literature, linguistics, composition and professionally related language skills provides our graduates with an ability to be competitive upon graduation in a variety of career-specific fields. View a printable information sheet.
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Modern Language Program Highlights
The Modern Languages curriculum offers multiple innovative tracks for majors
Language Majors on the professional track explore their career interests through one or more discipline-based minors and/or interdisciplinary minors through the +PLUS Pathways. This track gives students the liberty to tailor Service Learning, Internships, and Study Abroad experiences to their career goals.
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Language Majors on the professional track explore their career interests through a double major or a dual major. This track gives students the liberty to tailor Service Learning, Internships, and Study Abroad experiences to their career goals.
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Option 1: Major in language on the Professional Track with a minor in Business. Complete the BA with a minimum of 30 business course credits, earn grades of B or better in the Business courses, and apply to the MBA program at Daemen College.
Option 1: Major in language on the Professional Track with a minor in Community Health Promotion. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, complete service learning and internship in a health related area, apply to the MPH program.
Option 2: Three Degrees in Five Years.
Declare a dual major in language (BA) and Health Promotion (BS). Upon completion of the undergraduate degree, apply for direct entry into the MPH Program at Daemen College.
Option 1: Major in language on the Professional Track with a minor in Psychology, complete the following prerequisites PSY 216, PSY 231, SED 333, and apply to the ABA program at Daemen College.
Option 1: Major in language on the Professional Track with a minor in Social Work and apply to the MSW program at Daemen. Requirements for the application to the MSW include an overall GPA of 2.7 or higher, service learning in a social work field, completion of Human Biology with a C or better, completion of Statistics with a C or better, and submission of SAT scores.
Language Proficiency Certifications for Social Workers:
- Clinician Cultural and Linguistic Assessment - CCLA
- Bilingual Education Assessment (BEA)
- Language Testing International
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Option 1: Complete the BA in language with a minor in Global and Local Sustainability.
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- Daemen College - Sustainability Program Ranked No. 1 Among Nation's Small Colleges
- For those who seek adolescent education certification in languages other than English. As a Daemen Adolescent Education in Spanish or French major, you’ll be engaged in both language and education classes throughout your time at Daemen. Students initially concentrate on core language courses that provide them with a strong understanding of the fundamentals of Spanish or French through real-life assignments both in and out of class. Education classes prepare students to have the confidence and preparation for a career in education. Our curriculum prepares students for successful completion of the Bilingual Education Assessment Exam (BEA).
- The BEA assesses knowledge and skills in the foundations of bilingual education, listening and reading comprehension, and written and oral expression. Offered in the target language of the certificate extension sought, it consists of multiple-choice questions, audiotaped listening and speaking components in English and the target language, and reading and writing components in the target language.
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About the Modern Language Program
Study abroad options help students gain linguistic and cultural competency. Students have the option of long term study (one academic year or one semester) or multiple short term programs (summer, inter-semester). There are a number of options that allow students to tailor their experience to their career goals.
Students have local, national, and international opportunities to engage in Service Learning. Placements reflect student interests and are designed to fulfill academic, personal, and/or career-specific goals of the individual learner.
Students complete 1-2 internships in local, national, and international placements. Appointments reflect student interests and are designed to fulfill academic and/or career-specific goals of the individual learner. Possibilities include the Washington Internship, World Internships, and more.
Modern Languages boasts an integrated program where students work with Native and Heritage speakers who are members of the Daemen community as a means by which to build communicative fluency.
All students graduate having completed a senior project that showcases their linguistic abilities, their research skills, and their personal interests and talents. Majors write in the language of study while Dual/Double majors typically graduate with their work articulated in two languages.
Modern Language Students are PREPARED for employment in a variety of fields for which language abilities are a critical resource:
Foreign service, Civil Service, Public Relations, Journalism posts (Writer, Editor, Reporter, TV/Radio production), International Marketing and Business, International Banking & Finance, International Relations Specialist, Non-Profits, Attorney & Paralegal, Health Care Practitioner (PT, PA, MD, DO, RN), Interpreter/translator, Human Rights Worker, Electronic Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Teacher & Professor, Peace Corps Volunteer, Grant Writer, Airline Service, Advertising, Event Management, Hotel Management, Politics, Consulting, US Department of Transportation, and more…
- Placement in course 101: No previous language experience or 1-2 years of middle or high school language study.
- Placement in course 102: Credit for college level Elementary Language I study, or 3-4 years of high school language study, with an average of 80% or above. Passing grade in Daemen College 101.
- Placement in course 105: Credit for college level Elementary Language II, or 3-4 years of high school language study, with an average of 80% or above. Passing grade in Daemen College 102.
- Placement in course 106: Credit for college level Intermediate Language I with an average of 85% or above. Passing grade in Daemen College 105.
- Placement in 200-level courses or above: 4+ years of middle and high school language study with an average of 85% or above. Passing grade in Daemen College 106.
- Heritage Speakers are likely to be placed at the 200-level or above.
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For more information, contact Dr. Kevin Telford, Chair of the Modern Languages Department, at email@example.com.