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Languages, Literatures and Cultures

BA in Spanish or French

Expand your reach with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish or French.

The French and Spanish majors offer an opportunity for students to study the language, the culture, civilization, and literature of the countries and regions where the language is used. In doing so, students acquire the foundation of a genuinely multicultural education and access to other cultures.

Majors will complete a rigorous, 36-credit program. All students must satisfy the University’s General Education and foreign language requirements, in addition to the requirements for the major.

» View course requirements for the BA in Spanish

» View course requirements for the BA in French

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Double Major

High-achieving students may choose to double-major, pursuing multiple language degrees or a language degree in addition to other degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences. Recent double-majors have specialized in:

Curriculum Objectives

In providing students with the highest quality instruction, our faculty aims to help students:

  • Develop a high degree of proficiency in the four basic linguistic skills of listening comprehension, reading, writing, and speaking a foreign language based on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) standards;
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the cultures where the foreign language is spoken through readings, research, and the use of contemporary and historical cultural materials, including literature;
  • Increase understanding of cultural differences and global and national interdependence through course work and study-abroad opportunities
  • Acquire skills for critical analysis, cogent and articulate communication, and research;
  • Prepare for graduate study or employment in various fields, including teaching at all levels;
  • In the case of teacher education, develop proficiency in the art and science of teaching through courses in the theory and methodology of foreign language instruction, classroom observations, training in the latest instructional technology, and supervised practice

The objectives above are attained through classroom instruction, advising, and out-of-class activities (such as student clubs, study abroad, and student teaching).


For further information, please contact:

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Alumnae Hall
p – 516.877.4050

Office of University Admissions
p – 800.ADELPHI
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