Program Information

Bachelor of Arts Programs

Bienvenue sur le site du département de français à l'Université de Niagara. Notre programme se base sur l'enseignement de la langue française, avec une emphase particulière sur l'expression orale et écrite, ainsi que la littérature et la culture francophones. Nos étudiants ont aussi la possibilité d'enrichir leur expérience linguistique à travers plusieurs activités extracurriculaires, y compris la table de conversation, le cercle français, et le ciné-club. Nous encourageons aussi à tous nos étudiants de perfectionner leurs connaissances en s'inscrivant à un des nos programmes d'études à l'étranger, 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, Québec; ou l'Université d'Al Akhawayn à 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

  • 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


Latin American Studies

  • 3 required courses: LAS 200 (taught in English) two courses in Spanish language (any level)
  • 3 elective courses: 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.

Italian 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