Undergraduate Catalog

Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Phone: 845-257-3480
Location: Old Main Building, Room 206
Web address: www.newpaltz.edu/foreign_lang

The Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures offers undergraduate and graduate instruction. Undergraduate liberal arts majors are available in French and Spanish; concentrations in French and Spanish are also available for Early Childhood & Childhood Education (B-6) students. The undergraduate majors in French and Spanish require at least 33 credits in the major language above the intermediate level.

Minors are offered in French, Italian Studies, German and Spanish. In addition, instruction is regularly offered in Arabic, Chinese (including Spoken Mandarin), Hebrew, Japanese, KiSwahili, and Portuguese. 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. Please refer to the department's Language Placement Policy.


Languages, Literatures & Cultures Programs:

» French
» Spanish

» French
» Italian Studies
» German
» Spanish

Also courses offered:
» Arabic
» Chinese
» Hebrew
» Italian
» Japanese
» KiSwahili
» Portuguese
» Russian Culture

» Study Abroad & Exchange Programs
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Honor Societies

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.

Language Learning Center (LC 112)

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 Languages, Literatures & Cultures count toward the liberal arts requirement.