Program Information

Bachelor of Arts Programs

  • B.A.- French in the College of Arts and Sciences

    Bienvenue sur le site du département de français de l'Université de Niagara. Notre programme a pour mission d'enseigner la langue française écrite comme orale avec une attention particulière portée sur la littérature et la culture francophones. Nos étudiants auront de multiples opportunités d'enrichir leur expérience linguistique à travers des activités organisées par le départment, telles que la table de conversation, le ciné-club, et le cercle de lecture. Nous encourageons tous nos étudiants à approfondir leurs connaissances en participant à un semestre à l'étranger à une des intstitutions affiliées à N.U., comme le Centre International d'Études Françaises à Angers, l'Université Catholique de Lille, l'Institut Français d'Annecy, en France; l'École de Langue Française et de Culture Québécoise à Chicoutimi, au Québec; ou l'Université d'Al Akhawayn Ifrane au Maroc.

    Liberal Arts Requirement:  

    • 9 foundation courses
    • 11 distribution courses

    Major Requirement:

    • FRE 103-104 Intermediate French Language *
    • FRE 205-206 Advanced Conversational French and Composition
    • FRE 308 Cultural History of France
    • ONE Francophone Culture Elective: FRE 305 or FRE 306 or FRE 307
    • TWO French or Francohone Electives at the 200 or 300 level
    • ONE French or Francophone Elective at the 300 or 400 level
    • TWO literature electives at the 400 level
    • FRE 425 Senior Seminar

    * Based on a student's results on the proficiency placement test, he or she may begin the major with French 205-205, and thereby receive two French electives in the place of 103-104.

  • B.A.-Spanish in the College of Arts and Sciences

    Bienvenido al programa de Español y Estudios Latinoamericanos (Latin American Studies) en la Universidad de Niagara.  Nuestro programa se basa en la enseñanza del idioma, la cultura y la literatura hispánica haciendo énfasis en la comunicación oral y escrita.  Para fomentar el aprecio y el aprendizaje de la lengua y la cultura, ofrecemos actividades extracurriculares que se desarrollan permanentemente en la universidad.  La “Mesa” de conversación de español, las clases de baile latino, el “Cine-forum” y una serie de invitados especiales que cada semestre, les brinda la oportunidad a los estudiantes de conocer aspectos de la cultura hispánica fuera de la clase.

    Además de estas actividades, los estudiantes pueden pertenecer al club llamado “BIENVENIDOS” que está abierto a todos los miembros que se encuentren interesados en aprender acerca de la lengua y la cultura hispánica.  Nuestros estudiantes también pueden tomar clases en español, las que coinciden con las de nuestro programa, para un semestre o un verano en el exterior en: Monterrey, México; Santiago de Chile, Chile; Mar del Plata, Argentina; o Sevilla, España.

    Liberal Arts Requirement: 

    • 9 foundation courses
    • 11 distribution courses

    Major Requirement:

    • SPA 103-104 Intermediate Spanish Language*
    • SPA 205-206 Advanced Conversational Spanish and Composition 
    • SPA 305 Literature and Civilization of Spain
    • SPA 307 Civilization and Culture of Latin America
    • ONE Spanish elective at the 300 or 400 level
    • TWO Spanish literature electives at the 400 level
    • SPA 425 Senior Seminar

    * Based on a student's results on the proficenct placement test, he or she may begin the major with Spanish 205-205, and thereby receive two Spanish electives in the place of 103-104.

  • B.A.-French with teacher certification in the College of Education

    Liberal Arts Requirement:
    • 9 foundation courses
    • 11 distribution courses
    Professional Requirement:
    • 10 courses in the College of Education
    • 12 courses in language concentration
    All students seeking provisional teaching certification must register with the College of Education.

    Major Requirement:
    • FRE 103-104 Intermediate French Language*
    • FRE 205-206 Advanced Conversational French and Composition
    • FRE 308 Cultural History of France
    • ONE Francophone Culture Elective: FRE 305 or FRE 306 or FRE 307
    • TWO French or Francohone Electives at the 200 or 300 level
    • ONE French or Francophone Elective at the 300 or 400 level
    • TWO literature electives at the 400 level
    • FRE 425 Senior Seminar
    * Based on a student's results on the proficiency placement test, he or she may begin the major with French 205-205, and thereby receive two French electives in the place of 103-104.
  • B.A.-Spanish with teacher certification in the College of Education

    Liberal Arts Requirement:
    • 9 foundation courses
    • 11 distribution courses
    Professional Requirement:
    • 10 courses in the College of Education
    • 12 courses in language concentration
    All students seeking provisional teaching certification must register with the College of Education.

    Major Requirement:
    • SPA 103-104 Intermediate Spanish Language*
    • SPA 205-206 Advanced Conversational Spanish and Composition
    • SPA 305 Literature and Civilization of Spain
    • SPA 307 Civilization and Culture of Latin America
    • TWO Spanish or Latin American culture electives at the 200 or 300 level
    • ONE Spanish elective at the 300 or 400 level
    • TWO Spanish literature electives at the 400 level
    • SPA 425 Senior Seminar

    * Based on a student's results on the proficiency placement test, he or she may begin the major with Spanish 205-205, and thereby receive two Spanish electives in the place of 103-104.
  • B.A.- Romance Languages

    The major in Romance Languages is an interdiciplinary program within the Liberal Arts curriculum. The major consists of a total of fourteen courses across three Romance languages and Latin.

    Required Courses:  LAT 101-102 (6 credits, designated AS distribution)

    Liberal Arts Sequence:

    • Five consecutive courses in the primary concentration (French or Spanish)
    • Three consecutive courses in a secondary concentration (French, Spanish, Italian)
    • Three consecutive courses in a third concentration (French, Spanish, Italian)
    • Senior seminar (French, Spanish, or Liberal Arts)

    The student must reach advanced proficiency in French or Spanish (FRE/SPA 206)

    The student may only take one course in English (FRE/SPA/ITA 200)

Minor Programs

  • Minor Programs

    The department offers minor programs in French, Spanish, American Sign Language and Deaf Studies, Latin American Studies, and Italian Studies.

    American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Minor

    • ASL 100: Introduction to American Sign Language and Deaf Studies
    • ASL 200: Applied ASL 1
    • ASL 201: Applied ASL 2
    • ASL 202: Applied ASL 3
    • ASL 310: American Deaf Culture

    French Minor

    Six consecutive courses in language, one of which may be FRE 200. 

    Italian Studies Minor

    The Italian Studies Minor comprises six courses taken from various departments, including modern languages, English, history, and fine arts. Two courses in Italian language are required, while the others are chosen from a list of electives. Every student in the program is strongly encouraged to take advantage of a summer or semester studying abroad in Italy. Students may also explore the possibility of earning academic credit through an internship, co-op or service project in the local Italian-American community. Contact the Faculty Coordinator Dr. Daniel Pinti.

           Required Courses: 

    • ITA 101-102 Elementary Italian

           Electives:

    • ITA 103-104 Intermediate Italian
    • ENG 312 Studies in American Authors: Italian American Literature
    • ENG 401 Dante
    • HIS 303 The Renaissance
    • FAA 232 Renaissance Art and Culture


    Latin American Studies Minor

    3 required courses: LAS 100 or LAS 200 or LAS 300 (taught in English) and two courses in Spanish language (any level)
    3 elective courses chosen from the following list (for Spanish majors and Spanish EDU with a Spanish concentration: a maximum of THREE courses inside the Spanish major or concentration may count toward the LAS minor):

    • LAS 100: Introduction to Latin American Studies (offered every fall)
    • LAS 200: Soccer and Popular Culture in Latin America (NEW course offered every spring)
    • LAS 201: Latin American Art
    • SPA 426: Teaching Assistantship
    • LAS 205: Afro-Latino Culture
    • LAS 300: Special Topics in Latin American Studies - Ecuador and Galápagos trip (NEW course offered every spring)
    • LAS 493, 494, 495, 496 Co-op/Internship
    • ENG 348: Ethnography and Travel Writing
    • SPA 200: Hispanic Women Writers in Translation
    • SPA 307: Civilization and Culture of Latin America (taught in Spanish)
    • HIS 379: Modern Latin America
    • CMS 354: International Communication (Latin America)
    • POL 378: Politics and Society of Latin America
    • POL 398: Special Topics (Field-based intensive course in Cuba only)
    • SPA 319: Special Topics in Hispanic Cinema (taught in Spanish)
    • SPA 401: Independent Research (Latin America)
    • SPA 415 Latin American Travel Writing (in Spanish)
    • SPA 421 The Short Story Tradition in Latin America (in Spanish)

    Spanish Minor

    Six consecutive courses in language, one of which may be SPA 200 or LAS.