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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Humanities Division
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 302
    • tel: 610-499-4341
  • Dr. Stephanie Schechner

    • Chair of the Modern Languages Department and Professor of French
    • Freedom Hall, 221
    • tel: 610-499-4346


Modern Languages

Why Widener?

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Rigorous Academics

Students enrolled in the modern languages program can major in French or Spanish. Both programs start with introductory courses coupled with electives that allow students to explore the social and historical context of their chosen language and cultural region. As students progress through the major, classes feature a more intensive language and culture study that challenges students to sharpen their language skills as well as their critical thinking skills.

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Diverse Learning Opportunities

Classroom work is just part of the experience for a modern languages student. Students are afforded opportunities to explore language and culture on and off campus, including co-curricular events, conversation tables, and frequent field trips to museums, concerts, lectures, and restaurants. Students also collaborate with faculty on research projects and present their work at academic conferences. 


International Study Options

Widener faculty from the modern languages department and other academic disciplines lead week-long study abroad trips to Costa Rica, Honduras, and Cuernavaca, Mexico. Relationships have been established with institutions in Cuernavaca, Mexico, France, Quebec, Canada, and Italy. And Widener University enjoys an ongoing student exchange program with Chongqing Technology and Business University in Chongqing, China.


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Mamadou Keita


Widener's French program is diverse and designed to satisfy your intellectual curiosity beyond the language itself. I was glad I studied French, because it taught me other things that I couldn't get in another major.

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Seynabou Ba


There is a lot an employer can teach you. A language is not one of them. Separate yourself from the pack.

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Majoring in French at Widener

Hear from real students about what makes the French program so great at Widener (video produced by Mike Michvech '15)

Potential Careers

  • Financial services
  • Banking
  • Healthcare
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Education
  • Diplomacy
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • New media

The ability to break through linguistic and cultural barriers is in high demand as corporations, businesses, governmental agencies, and nonprofit institutions continually work with an increasingly diverse population both at home and abroad. These are just a few of the fields in which bilingualism and international experience are highly sought after skills.

Recent Employers

  • Cigna
  • Agilent
  • Beneficial
  • Educational Testing Services
  • Blaylock Robert Van Investment Banking
  • AXA, US
  • Garnet Valley School District
  • Ridley School District