Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Learn Outside the Classroom
Film Festivals & Art Shows
The Department of Modern Languages (with support of the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture) hosts an annual Polish film festival. Francophone and Quebecois film festivals have also been held.
Student clubs include Latin America Students and Friends (LASAF), Ñ Spanish Club, Phi Alpha Delta (French Honor Society), Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honor Society), and Delta Phi Alpha (German Honor Society).
French and Spanish majors volunteer in the local community through the Office of Community-Based learning at agencies such as Vive La Casa, Los Tainos and the International Institute.
Study Abroad/ Study Tours
Modern languages, literatures and cultures majors are required to study abroad for a minimum of four consecutive weeks in a formal pre-approved program in the target language. Opportunities are available to modern language students in Argentina, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica (for Spanish, pre-med and law enforcement students), Cuba, Université Catholique de Lille a Paris (new summer 2012), and the Université de Québéc a Montreal. You can read about the study abroad to Cuba in Canisius Magazine. Learn more about the college’s study abroad options.
Class related field trips have included a trip to Los Angeles to explore gang life in LA, meet with local ex-gang leaders and authors, visit community centers, and volunteer in a soup kitchen for homeless hispanic men. You can read about the field trip to LA Gangland in the Canisius Magazine.
Modern languages students have participated in summer internships in Meudon, France; Dortmund, Germany; San José, Costa Rica; and in the local community at Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the International Institute and the Big Mirror Initiative of Buffalo. Local companies that conduct business in Latin America such as New Era Cap and Rich Products also provide internships to Spanish majors.