2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Modern Languages

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Maria Isabel Alfonso, Ph.D., Chairperson
Maria Montoya, Ph.D., Associate Chairperson

The Department of Modern Languages at St. Joseph’s College offers a complete series of courses in Spanish leading to a bachelor’s degree (with or without teaching certification in secondary education), an Area of Concentration for Child Study majors, or a Minor in Spanish. Courses are also taught in beginning and intermediate French and Italian.

Our courses aim to develop students’ proficiency in comprehension and communication, while fostering an understanding and appreciation of other literatures and cultures. Skills acquired in language courses may prove extremely useful in preparation for professional careers in education, business, medicine, law, tourism or other fields.

The Department also provides opportunities for students to engage other cultures and languages outside of the classroom through our service-learning and study abroad programs, in communities from Long Island to Nicaragua and Argentina, as well as Spain.

Please note: Language courses numbered 151, 152, 201, 202 are sequential. Therefore, a student may not receive credit for a lower numbered course once a higher numbered course has been taken.

Core Courses: For information about department courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements, consult the Core Curriculum Guide .

Sigma Delta Pi

St. Joseph’s College has an active chapter, Phi Delta, of the National Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi. (See section on Academic Life .)

Study Abroad

Students of Spanish are strongly encouraged to study in a Spanishspeaking country while seeking their degree, for a period ranging from two weeks to a full school year. The St. Joseph’s College Global Studies Program works with the Modern Languages Department to provide students with a variety of opportunities for such study. We offer an ongoing summer language program in Spain. The department also provides a range of opportunities for more advanced cultural studies in the Hispanic world, including programs in Argentina and Nicaragua.


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      Courses that are not scheduled can be made available on sufficient demand.

      Majors, Concentrates, and Minors may only take one of the following: SPN 211 , SPN 212 , or SPN 215 .

      Survey courses offered each semester on a rotating schedule.

      Advanced Courses

      SPN 221 , SPN 222 , and SPN 260  are prerequisites for all courses 300-level and above conducted in Spanish.

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