Non-Degree Language Classes

There are many reasons to study a foreign language. Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages greatly enhances the cognitive process, boosting confidence and increasing memory, multi-tasking and decision-making skills. In addition to the full degree tracks in Chinese, German, Japanese and Korean, undergraduate Linguistics students may choose to take classes in the following foreign languages.** 

American Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is growing in usage everyday, and many states have passed laws recognizing ASL as a complete and natural language. Hundreds of colleges and universities throughout America now accept ASL in fulfillment of language entrance and exit requirements.

More and more television stations are using sign language in their programs and advertising, and most school systems are now mainstreaming their deaf and hard of hearing students-- dramatically increasing the need for sign language interpreters.

Further information about American Sign Language study*, including courses, acceptance criteria, requirements, study abroad, and career opportunities can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

*Not a baccalaureate degree program.

Contact Us

Emily Glenn-Smith

Director of American Sign Language Program

Department of Linguistics

606 Baldy Hall

Phone: (716) 204-7431

Email: eglenn@buffalo.edu

Arabic

Arabic is a language of immeasurable importance for both the ancient and the modern world, with hundreds of millions of people in dozens of countries using it as a first or second language today. It is one of six official languages of the United Nations and is considered a critical language by the U.S. Department of State.

U.S. employers are placing greater and greater value on second-language proficiency and understanding of other cultures. The global prominence of Arabic and the fact that relatively few Americans master this challenging language make it an especially good choice for students in virtually any field.

Further information about Arabic language study*, including courses, acceptance criteria, requirements, study abroad, and career opportunities can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

*Not a baccalaureate degree program.

Greek (Modern)

Modern Greek is the language of Greece and of thousands of speakers in Cyprus and Albania, as well as other countries all around the world. It is a language of enormous cultural and historical importance.

Further information about Modern Greek language study*, including courses, acceptance criteria, requirements, study abroad, and career opportunities can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

*Not a baccalaureate degree program.

Hindi-Urdu

Hindi ranks fourth among the languages of the world in the number of people who speak it as a first or second language, behind only Chinese, English and Spanish. The Hindi courses at the University at Buffalo also introduce students to its close linguistic relative, Urdu, the official national language of Pakistan.

Further information about Hindi-Urdu language study*, including courses, acceptance criteria, requirements, study abroad, and career opportunities can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

*Not a baccalaureate degree program.

Polish

With almost 40 million people in Poland, and more than 10 million Polish Americans, Polish continues to be an important world language. The Polish program trains students in the spoken and written language and deepens their knowledge of and interest in the literature, history and culture of Poland.

Further information about Polish language study*, including acceptance criteria, requirements, study abroad, and career opportunities can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

*Not a baccalaureate degree program.

Russian

Russia is one of the most important countries in the world. Covering eleven time zones, it stretches from Europe to the Pacific. Its language is spoken by over 150 million people, and the riches of its thousand-year-old civilization have influenced people all over the world. The Russian language program offers three years of Russian; advanced courses may be offered in some semesters.

Further information about Russian language study*, including courses, acceptance criteria, requirements, study abroad, and career opportunities can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

*Not a baccalaureate degree program.

Contact Us

Valentina Sanders

Director of Russian Language Program

609 Baldy Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0135

Email: vsanders@buffalo.edu

Contact Us

Jeff Good

Department Chair; Associate Professor

Specialties: Morphosyntactic typology, Niger-Congo languages, Language documentation

613 Baldy Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0126

Email: jcgood@buffalo.edu

**Instruction in several other European languages is offered by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.