Major/Minor

Guidelines for Harpur College Major/Minor Requirement

This page informs on what courses students that are already enrolled in Harpur College should take in order to complete their major or minor in one of our languages.

Information on Spanish

As the second largest spoken language in the United States and in the world, Spanish plays a key role in superior education. It is an invaluable tool for pursuing career opportunities and for enhancing graduates' performance in any field. The linguistic and cultural competency acquired through our courses allows students to communicate effectively with Latinos and Hispanics in the U.S. and their home countries. Additionally, our diverse curricula help students develop the analytical and argumentative skills valued in most professions.

Our faculty includes professors from the U.S., Puerto Rico and several Spanish-speaking countries (Argentina, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela), which enhances our students' multicultural experience. They are internationally recognized scholars who often teach courses linked to their compelling research projects in linguistics, film, literary and cultural studies.

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Click below for more information about major/minor requirements for Spanish.

  • Major in Spanish

    Requirements (For students starting in 2018)

    • 10 Courses beginning at the Intermediate Spanish level (SPAN 211) or above.

    • A minimum of six (6) courses at the 300- and 400-levels.

    A. Required courses
    SPAN 250 Advanced Grammar
    SPAN 251 Advanced Writing and Debate
    SPAN 344 Advanced Reading and Interpretation

    For students starting Binghamton as of Fall 2018:
    Two of the following courses: SPAN 351 Intro to Spanish Linguistics, SPAN 360 Hispanic Culture, SPAN 370 Hispanic Lit

    For students who entered Binghamton prior to Fall 2018:
    The following two course are required: SPAN 360 Hispanic Culture, SPAN 370 Hispanic Lit

     

    SPAN 400 (x3) Three courses at the 400-level

    Please note: 

    • Students with native fluency in written and oral Spanish may not take SPAN 250 (discuss with your advisor the waiver option for this course).

    • Students starting at SPAN 215 or above can take extra advanced courses to complete the 10 required courses.

    • Majors can take one (1) course in English—preferably taught by a faculty in the Spanish section or cross-listed with SPAN—relevant to their interests in the language and or the Hispanic world.

    B. Other requirements

    • A minimum grade of "C" is required for any course in Spanish applied toward the major (pass/fail courses do not count toward the major completion).

    • At least five (5) courses must be taken on Binghamton University campus, including one (1) 300/level course and two (2) 400-level courses.

    • Courses offered through the Binghamton University-sponsored program in Madrid/Malaga, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, and Cuzco are considered "on-campus" courses. Please check the updated tables of equivalent courses for each program, in the Study Abroad link under Resources.

    • Students must consult with a departmental advisor prior to their enrollment in abroad courses or programs.

    C. Declaration procedure
    Students can declare a Spanish major at any time during the completion of their BA. These are the steps involved in the declaration procedure:

    • Visit the Romance Languages' main office (LN-2216) and express your intentions to declare a Spanish major and your wish to have and advisor assigned to you.

    • Fill out a "Declaration of Major Form" (located outside LN-2216).

    • Contact your advisor and make an appointment to have your "Declaration of Major Form" signed.

    • Return signed form to the Romance Languages main office.

    • A copy from our office will be sent back to you once the processing is complete.

    Note: check your Degree Works periodically to make sure you are completing/have completed the requirements for the major — do not wait until your final year to check.

  • Minor in Spanish

    Requirements

    • Six 4-credit courses starting at the 200 level 

    • One of the six courses must be in literature.

    • Two must be at the 300 or 400 level.

    • Three of the six courses must be completed on campus or through* Binghamton, at least one of which must be at the 300 or 400 level.

    Please note:

    • Students with native fluency in written and oral Spanish may not take SPAN 250.

    • No courses may be taken in English for the minor in Spanish.

    • A minimum grade of "C" is required for any course in Spanish applied toward the minor; as such, taking a course Pass/Fail would not count.

    Declaration procedures
    In order for the computer to accept a request for a Minor to be added, a student must
    have completed 60 credits of course-work; you are welcome to sign up early.

    • Fill out a "Declaration of Major and Minor Form" (located outside LN-2216).

    • Meet with the advisor to minors for appropriate signature(s) and processing — see office hours.

    • A copy from our office will be sent back to you once the processing is complete.

    Please note:

    • Be sure to check your Degree Works periodically to make sure you are completing/have completed the requirements for the minor — do not wait until your final year to first check.

    • Students who wish to study abroad must meet with the advisor listed below prior to attending a given program; this way, students can be sure that the courses taken will count toward their degree.


Information on Italian

In the global context of the 21st century, a degree in Italian offers students a distinct set of advantages, both personal and professional. We examine Italy as the geographic, cultural and economic heart of Europe; a center of Western civilization from Roman times to the present day.

The mastery of spoken and written Italian is developed through the study of an evolving artistic tradition: Medieval literature and culture, Renaissance philosophy, modern Italian poetry and prose, cinema and new media. Such textual landscapes deliver global perspectives that launch students into diverse fields, from education to diplomacy, travel journalism to museum curating, interpreting and translation to international trade and finance.

Click below for more information about major/minor requirements for Italian.

  • Major in Italian

    Option 1: standard program (code 330)
    (No previous preparation or some prior elementary Italian preparation)

    10 courses
    Begins at the Elementary Italian level (ITAL 111 and/or ITAL 115 Elementary Italian OR ITAL 113 Accelerated Elementary Italian).

    A. One (1) Elementary Italian course.

    • If both 111 and 115 courses are taken, only one course will count toward the major.

    • If 113 is taken, it is equivalent to 111 and 115 combined and counts as one course.

    B. Four (4) courses at the 400-level (three of which must be taken at Binghamton).
    C. Five (5) courses to be selected from 200-, 300- or above levels.

    Option 2: 10-course program (code 630)
    (Elementary Italian knowledge or equivalent preparation)

    10 courses
    Begins at the Intermediate Italian level (ITAL 211 or above).

    A. Four (4) courses at the 400-level (three of which must be taken at Binghamton).
    B. Six (6) courses to be selected from 200-, 300- or above levels.

    Campus requirements
    A minimum grade of "C" is required for any course in Italian applied toward the major and defines "satisfactory performance" in the course.

    • Occasionally one 300-level course may substitute for a 400-level course with permission of student's advisor.

    • Courses from other institutions or Study Abroad, especially at the 400-level, must be approved by student's advisor.

    • At least three (3) 400-level courses must be taken on campus.

  • Minor in Italian

    Requirements

    1. Six 4-credit courses above the 115-level (115 is excluded; once you begin the sequence of courses, you cannot move back in the curriculum course offerings).

    2. One of the six courses must be in literature.

    3. Two must be at the 300 or 400 level.

    4. Three of the six courses must be completed on campus.

    5. At least one 300 or 400-level course must be completed on campus.

    Declaration procedures
    Note: in order for the computer to accept a request for a Minor to be added, a student must have completed 60 credits of course-work.

    • Fill out a "Declaration of Major [and Minor] Form" (located outside LN-2216).

    • Leave it on the front desk in LN-2216 for processing.

    • A copy will be sent back to you once the processing is complete.

    • Check with the advisor listed below periodically throughout your study program, esp. for Study Abroad.


Information on French

From Paris, world renowned "City of Lights," through the French countryside, down into Africa and across the ocean to New Orleans and Montreal, French is the language of culture, commerce and politics. Students in French at Binghamton University are taught by dynamic faculty and have many opportunities for study abroad.

Click below for more information about major/minor requirements for French.

  • Major in French

    Option 1: French language & literatures (code 324)

    10 courses
    Begins at the Intermediate French level (FREN 211 French III) or above.

    A. Five (5) French courses to be selected from 200-, 300- or above levels.
    B. Two (2) 400-level French language courses required.
    C. Two (2) 400-level French literature courses required.
    D. One (1) 400-level French language or French literature course required.

    Suggested sequence: FREN 211 & FREN 215; three more lower level language or literature courses; five 400-level courses: two @ languages, two @ literature, one either.

    Option 2: French language & linguistics (code 524)

    This option is available to students who are seriously interested in the study of linguistics along with learning another language (French). Student is expected to be ready for advanced language courses (300-level).

    10 Courses

    A. Three (3) Advanced level courses in French Language required (300- and 400-level)
    Such as: FREN 445 Phonetics, FREN 451 Advanced Grammar, FREN 453 Stylistics).
    B. One (1) Introductory course in Linguistics (LING 118 Introduction to Linguistics Structures).
    C. Three (3) additional courses in Linguistics, chosen in consultation with advisors in French and Linguistics.
    D. Three (3) Advanced level courses in French Literature and Civilization (300- and 400-level).

    Such as: FREN 351 Grammar, Composition and Civilization, FREN 361 and/or FREN 362 Masterworks, any FREN 460 or FREN 480/481 series courses).

    Campus requirements

    • A minimum grade of "C" is required for any course in French applied toward the major and defines "satisfactory performance" in the course.

    • At least three (3) 400-level courses must be taken on campus.

    • Courses from other institutions or Study Abroad, especially at the 400-level, must be approved by student's departmental advisor.

  • Minor in French

    Requirements

    • Six 4-credit courses above the 115-level (115 is excluded; once you begin the sequence of courses, you cannot move back in the curriculum course offerings).

    • One of the six courses must be in literature.

    • Two must be at the 300 or 400 level.

    • Three of the six courses must be completed on campus.

    • At least one 300 or 400-level course must be completed on campus.

    Declaration procedures

    Please note: in order for the computer to accept a request for a Minor to be added, a student must have completed 60 credits of course-work.

    • Fill out a "Declaration of Major [and Minor] Form" (located outside LN-2216).

    • Leave it on the front desk in LN-2216 for processing.

    • A copy will be sent back to you once the processing is complete.

    • Check with the advisor periodically throughout your study program, esp. for Study Abroad.