Bachelor of Arts in French or Spanish; Bachelor of Arts in Adolescence Education: French or Spanish

Core Curriculum

All degree programs require completion of the Core Curriculum. A complete description of the core and its requirements is available in the Core Curriculum section of the Daemen catalogue. Courses which satisfy a portion or complete a core requirement will have such designation indicated after the course title.

FRE/SPA288, 388, 488 Colloquium

The Colloquium is designed to help language majors and student teacher candidates:

  • to move beyond the partial control phase in their linguistic development
  • to address language standards and learn by helping less proficient peers
  • to address the need for intercultural knowledge and competence.

Students enroll in the colloquium in the sophomore (288), junior (388), and senior (488) years for 1 credit each.  Prerequisites are as follows:

  • 288: Successful completion of 106 OR enrollment in or completion of a 200-level language course.
  • 388: Successful completion of Colloquium 288.
  • 488: Successful completion of Colloquium 388, and enrollment in or completion of a 300-level language course.

International Experience

All majors are required to complete an international experience in a country where the major language is the official language. Majors should complete one long term experience (minimum of 1 semester but preferably one year); in special circumstances the department may approve 2 short-term experiences (Intersemester and/or Summer terms), the combination of which must total a minimum of 7 weeks of experience.

Most study abroad programs will require a minimum GPA of 3.0 in language courses. Spanish students attend a Daemen-approved program in Spain, Argentina, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, or Puerto Rico. French students attend Daemen-approved programs in France or Quebec.  Courses taken abroad must be approved by the Modern Language Department because the student program for subsequent semesters is subject to those courses. Official transcripts from universities abroad must be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office at Daemen College.  All students interested in studying abroad must visit the Global Programs Office for information, advice and clearance.

Secondary Foreign Language

All majors are required to demonstrate proficiency in a second foreign language through the intermediate level.  The requirement may be satisfied through the completion of college level coursework or the successful completion of a proficiency examination.  A complete description of the requirement is available in the Foreign Language section of the Daemen catalog.

Required Courses Of All Language Majors

  1. MAJOR: 37 credits

      • 15 credits in courses designated as Language and Linguistics
      • 15 credits in courses designated as Literature and Culture
      • Colloquium:
        • French majors:
          • FRE288/388/488 Colloquium (1/1/1)
        • Spanish majors:
          • SPA288/388/488 Colloquium (1/1/1)
      • Senior Project: 4 credits. The topic, depth and format of the written project and oral  presentation are determined in consultation with one's advisor.  Projects may include but are not limited to a research paper, Career Field Experience, foreign study, policy paper, service learning, curriculum and lesson planning.  Both of the following courses are required:
    • French majors:
      • FRE442 Senior Project Research (1)
      • FRE443 Senior Project (3) -- ILIT; RP; WI
    • Spanish majors:
      •  SPA442 Senior Project Research (1)
      • SPA443 Senior Project (3) -- ILIT; RP; WI 

    ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS IN THE MAJOR: Students must maintain an electronic portfolio that showcases the work they have completed.  Student teacher candidates must also showcase assignments particular to the field of teaching


      • 3 credits taken in any 300 or 400 level Composition course.  (Courses which carry a competency may be credited under the core, thereby resulting in an additional 3 credits to be taken in Free Electives. Courses used to fulfill the Free Electives may but are not required to have a competency.)

    3. CORE

      •  CMP101 English Composition (3) - CS; ILIT; WI 
      • IND101 Sustainable & Critical Relationships (3)

Additional Requirements For The BA, French Program and the BA, Spanish Program - Professional Track

3.    CORE: Secondary Foreign Language and Core Electives: 39 credits


MINOR: Students are required to complete at least one minor or certificate program related to their professional goals.  Note that some courses required of a minor may have prerequisites.  Courses which carry a competency and support the minor may be credited under the core electives or free electives.  Upon authorization of the Modern Language Chair, a sequence of courses in a discipline which does not offer a minor may be substituted.  Consult the Modern Language Chair and Career Services for further information and advice. 

INTERNSHIP: 3 credits of internship experience required (Career Field Experience; internship opportunities such as those with the Washington Institute, or study abroad internships) approved by the Modern Language Chair will satisfy the requirement. Two experiences are suggested but are not required.    

FREE ELECTIVES: Courses used to fulfill the free electives may but are not required to have a competency. A maximum of 6 credits may be taken in courses in the major.

NOTE: Students are strongly encouraged to participate in either LEADS or LEAP Academy and should discuss these options with their advisor.



Additional Requirements For The BA, Adolescence Education: French; BA, Adolescence Education: Spanish

  1. MAJOR: 3 credits: FRE/SPA420 Methodology (3)


    • NOTE: A student who has earned a C- or less in EDU237 in his/her first two attempts will be dismissed from the teacher certification program.
      • EDU203 Learning Theory (3)
      • EDU237 Instructional Design: Theory and Practice (3)
      • EDU313 Foundations of Education (3)
      • EDU314 Promoting English Language Across the Content Areas (3)
      • EDU336 Language/Literacy Development for the Adolescent Learner (3)
      • EDU402 Methods in Classroom Management in Secondary Education (3)
      • EDU479-480 Student Teaching & Seminar at the Early Secondary/Secondary Level (6/6)
      • IPP318 Technology in Education (3)
      • LNG415 Second Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics (3)
      • SED270 Nature & Educational Needs of Children with Disabilities (3)
  3. CORE

    • PSY103 Introduction to Psychological Science (3) - CI
    • PSY311 Psychology of Adolescence (3) - CT; UD; WI
    • SOC243 Child Welfare Policy and Services (3)
    • Secondary Foreign Language AND Core Electives: 30 credits

NOTE:  Should you fulfill the 300-400 level Composition requirement with a course which has a competency (such as CMP311 Advanced English Composition (3) or CMP315 Advanced Composition of Health Professionals (3), the credit will count in the Core and you may then take 3 credits in Free Electives.  These 3 credits in Free Electives may but are not required to have a competency.



Requirements for Modern Language Programs: Admission, Admission to Upper Division, Graduation – consult the Modern Languages department section of the catalogue or the Program Plans option on the Registrar’s web page.

Suggested Course Sequence

Access the suggested course sequence for the BA, French; BA, Adolescence Education: French; BA, Spanish; BA, Adolescence Education: Spanish, from the Modern Language Department web page or the Program Plans site on the Registrar’s web page.

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