World Languages Program * : Overview

Department of Linguistics

Contact Information

World Languages Program
College of Arts and Sciences
609 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1030

Phone: 716.645.2177
Fax: 716.645.3825
Web Address:
Jean-Pierre Koenig
David Fertig
Director of Language Programs


*Not a baccalaureate degree program

Foreign language proficiency and familiarity with other cultures are practical and often vital skills in today's global economy. Those whose linguistic repertoire is limited to one language are at a distinct disadvantage, whether the task at hand involves conducting research using original source materials, negotiating a business deal, or forging a friendship.

In addition to being practical, knowledge of a foreign language is personally rewarding. It enables students to discover other ways of thinking and viewing the world, and to better understand their own culture. For many, it is also a means of strengthening ethnic and cultural identity.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:02:50 EST