Modern Language Undergraduate Programs

Languages Offered:

  • Chinese (Survival Chinese; Elementary Chinese I-II; Intermediate Chinese I-II; Chinese for Teachers)
  • French (Major; Minor; Adolescence Education Certification)
  • Italian (Elementary Italian I-II; Intermediate Italian I - II)
  • Spanish (Major; Minor; Adolescence Education Certification)

Other Courses Taught through the Department

Linguistics courses; Literature in Translation

Degrees Offered


The Modern Language Department also offers several innovative options to combine a student's love of language and culture with coursework and internships leading to professional success. Further information about "+PLUS Programs" is available from the Modern Language Department.


Admission Requirements

Enrollment at the appropriate course level will be determined by previous foreign language instruction and/or interview with the Modern Language Department. In general, students will be placed in courses in language studies as follows:

  • Placement in course 101: No previous language experience or only 1 year of high school language study.
  • Placement in course 102: Credit for 101 or 2 years of high school language study with an average of 80% or above.
  • Placement in course 105: Credit for 102 or 3-4 years of high school language study with an average of 80% or above.
  • Placement in 200-level courses or above: 4+ years of high school language study with an average of 80% or above.

Any student with questions concerning placement is urged to consult with the Department Chair.

If a student is interested in majoring in French or Spanish but needs to complete courses in the 100 level, up to 6 credits of course work may be credited as Free Electives taken in the major; any additional credits completed will be over and above the minimum program requirements.  Please note that course work in the major language at the 100 level does not count towards completion of the major.

Admission to Upper Division

In the second semester of his/her sophomore year, the student is required to make formal application (in writing to the Modern Language Chair) for admission to upper division. Normally the student should have accrued at least 6 hours of credit at the 200 level or above before applying to upper division.

  1. Overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of 2.80 in major language courses.
  3. Twelve hours of a second Foreign Language or demonstrated proficiency through the intermediate level.
  4. FRE/SPA288, 388, 488 Colloquium credits must be in progress.
  5. ePortfolio

Requirements For Admission To Student Teaching (Adolescence Education Majors)

  1. An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.55.
  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 in one’s major language.
  3. Apply for Student Teaching, usually at the end of the third year
  4. Be recommended for student teaching by the Chairs of Education and Language.
  5. Study Abroad must be fulfilled.
  6. FRE/SPA288, 388, 488 Colloquium credits must be completed.
  7. FRE/SPA443 Senior Project must be completed before the student teaching semester.
  8. Student teacher candidates must have an updated ePortfolio.
  9. It is strongly recommended that the student teacher candidate take and pass the required Teacher Certification Exams and the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) before student teaching begins.

Graduation Requirements

An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.00.

Pertinent Additional Information

  • Core courses in foreign literature in translation, French, Spanish and Spanish-American literature courses, and linguistics courses in both English and Spanish are offered through the Modern Language Department. Individualized and/or double programs can be arranged in cooperation with Business Administration, History & Political Science, Social Work, or other areas of modern languages including English. Additional courses satisfy certification requirements to prepare those who wish to teach modern languages at the secondary level. Official transcripts from a foreign institution must be sent directly to the Daemen College Registrar to ensure credit approval.
  • If you are bilingual or multilingual and would like to inquire about obtaining a waiver with regard to language study at Daemen, click on the link below for details or contact the Modern Language Department.
  • Languages Other Than English.

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