The Department of Foreign Languages offers undergraduate and graduate instruction. Liberal arts majors are available in French and Spanish. A major in foreign languages with concentration in French or Spanish is available for students in elementary education (Childhood 1-6 and Early Childhood), and a major in French or Spanish is available in adolescence education (7-12). Undergraduate majors in liberal arts and secondary education require at least 33 credits above the intermediate level. Minors are offered in French, Italian Studies, German and Spanish. In addition to the above, instruction is regularly offered in Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, KiSwahili and Spoken Mandarin. A number of courses in the literature and culture of France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latin America, and Spain are offered in English.
All language courses must be taken proceeding from lower to higher level.
Location: Jacobson Faculty Tower Room 414
Web address: www.newpaltz.edu/foreign_lang
A chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the national Spanish honor society, was established in 1987 and a chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the French national honor society, was established in 2002. Each year, outstanding eligible undergraduates of New Paltz are invited to join these societies.
The recent completely remodeled and upgraded Language Learning Center provides equipment, digital/analog materials, and an environment outside the classroom dedicated to enhancing the study of foreign languages. LC 112 houses twenty-five student stations with the latest PCs, flat screens, and headsets; a laser-jet printer; DVD, CD and VCR players; Internet access and dedicated foreign language software programs. A teacher's console allows for specialized lessons and private, personal, attention to students' needs. Use of the center increases the efficiency and quality of language learning by providing additional practice with the spoken language.
Most elementary and intermediate language classes are now also supported with our virtual lab. Required oral/aural homework assignments are obtainable in a streaming media format through a password-protected site on the Internet.
Liberal Arts Designation
All courses offered by the Department of Foreign Languages count toward the liberal arts requirement.