Why Choose Nazareth for Foreign Language?

Students in the modern foreign languages major learn about the world of ideas and letters, past and present. This training requires study abroad in both languages, as well as comprehensive examinations in both languages. The cohesive, integrated program of foreign language, culture, and literature courses ensures maximum proficiency in the target languages.

The modern foreign languages degree program at Nazareth College educates students to think and perceive rationally and critically. This education includes reading and thinking; learning about literary and cultural movements; and making connections between the primarily aesthetic literary artifacts of the culture and its political, social, and economic history.

Program Highlights

  • Study abroad programs in Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Peru, and Spain.
  • Emerson Foreign Language Laboratory, where students use new learning and technology media at all language levels to allow them to communicate effectively in the world.
  • Award-winning faculty, small classes, individualized attention.

Typical Class Schedule

Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Contact Information

Esperanza V. Roncero

Esperanza V. Roncero

Professor & Chair in Foreign Languages & Literature
585-389-2679
eroncer5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 359
Bio

Education: B.A., Spanish, Southern Connecticut State University; M.A., Spanish, Emory University; Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Emory University.

Teaching and Research Interests: Linguistics; human rights; translation; and how language shapes the human experience, consciousness, and cultures. Connects students to Peru to work with indigenous communities in schools, clinics, and communities, through service, health campaigns, and research projects, and promotes civic engagement. Leads courses and directs internships in Spanish-speaking countries. Emphasizes that language is more than a tool, but also what we are made of. Awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop a program to enable students to work and study in Peru for one month. Currently developing a certification program in interpreting.

foreign language major, foreign languages degree program, Nazareth College Rochester NY

Alumni Spotlight: Stephen Bertalli ’85

Director of L’Institute Superieur des Arts Appliques (LISAA) for the past 17 years

“LISAA is a prestigious, private art and design school throughout France. I helped set up our new school in New Delhi, India, and we even have an exchange program with the art department at Nazareth!”

Example Careers

  • Translator
  • ESL teacher
  • Historian
  • Bilingual professional
  • Tour guide
  • Travel writer

Internships/Field Experiences

In the last five years alone, eleven Nazareth foreign language majors have received prestigious U.S. Junior Fulbright Awards to teach English in countries such as Argentina, Colombia, Germany, South Korea, Spain, and Venezuela.

Graduate Schools/Employers

  • Syracuse University
  • TAQA, the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company
  • Americorps
  • Fox Run Vineyards