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:

  • 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. Options are: one long term experience (minimum of 1 semester but preferably one year); 2 short-term experiences (Intersemester and/or Summer terms), the combination of which must total a minimum of 7 weeks of experience.

Most such programs will require a minimum GPA of 3.0 in language courses. Modern language students are encouraged to spend a semester or year (Junior Year) abroad. Spanish students attend a Daemen program in Spain, Argentina or Mexico or another university abroad approved by the department. Visit Global Programs for French language programs.  Courses taken abroad must be approved by the Modern Language Department. Official transcripts from universities abroad must be sent directly by the University to the Registrar’s Office at Daemen College. The program for the Senior Year is subject to what courses have been taken in the foreign university.

Secondary Foreign Language

All lmajors 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 catalogue.

Additional Required Courses in the Major

Prior to completion of the required courses in the major, if a student must complete courses in the major at the 100 level, up to 6 credits of the 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 the 37 credits required in the major.

Required Courses Of All Language Majors

  1. MAJOR: 37 credits

    • 15 credits in courses designated as Language and Lingusitics
    • 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 project are determined in consultation with one’s advisor. Projects may include but are not limited to a research paper, Coop field experience, travel, foreign study, policy paper, service learning.Both of the following courses are required
      • French majors:
        • FRE442 Senior Project Research (1)
        • SPA443 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.

2.    CORE: 9 credits

    • CMP101 English Composition (3) - CS; ILIT; WI
    • CMP311 Advanced English Composition - CS; UD; WI
    • IND101 Sustainable & Critical Relationships (3)

Additional Requirements For The BA, French Program and the BA, Spanish Program

  1. CORE: Secondary Foreign Language and Core Electives: 36 credits

  2. FREE ELECTIVES: 41 credits:

    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 French courses.



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 Sec/Secondary Level (6/6)
    • SED270 Nature & Educational Needs of Children with Disabilities (3)

3.     CORE

    • PSY103 Introduction to Psychology (3) - CC
    • PSY311 Psychology of Adolescence (3) - CT; UD; WI
    • SOC243 Child Welfare Policy and Services (3)
    • Secondary Foreign Language AND Core Electives: 27 credits

4.     FREE ELECTIVES: 9 credits

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 Spanish courses.

NOTE: It is anticipated that 6 additional credits in required studies will be introduced to the curriculum in the upcoming year.  The courses will be required for all new incoming Fall `11 students (freshmen, transfers, readmits) and those thereafter; the courses will be recommended for those students enrolled prior to the Fall `11 term.  Should these anticipated new courses have a competency, they will count as part of the 45 credits in Core studies, thereby reducing the Core Electives by 6 credits.  Should these anticipated new courses NOT have a competency, they will count as Additional Requirements Outside of the Major, thereby reducing the Free Elective credits by 6 credits.  It is therefore recommended that students reserve 6 credits in Core Electives as well as Free Electives to accommodate the anticipated additional requirements and to assure that they may be included in the students' total program requirements.


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, and the 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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