2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 15, 2024  
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Modern Languages Department

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Christopher Gascón, chair
Old Main, Room 228
(607) 753-4303
Fax: (607) 753-5965
Email: mdl@cortland.edu


Arts and Sciences


Catherine Baranello, Myriam Benincore, Mark Cerosaletti, Hongli Fan, Christopher Gascón, Timothy Gerhard, Norma Helsper, Colleen Kattau, Arnold Levine, Patricia Martínez de la Vega, Susan Peterson, Marie Ponterio, Robert Ponterio, Paulo Quaglio, Codruta Temple, Wesley Weaver, Donna West

Adjunct Faculty

For a listing of adjunct faculty see the Faculty and Administration  section.

Programs Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Adolescence Education: French (7-12)
Bachelor of Arts in Adolescence Education: Spanish (7-12)
Bachelor of Arts in Adolescence Education: French and Spanish (7-12)
Bachelor of Arts in French
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language

Majors Offered

Adolescence Education: French (7-12)
Adolescence Education: Spanish (7-12)
Adolescence Education: French and Spanish (7-12)
Teaching English as a Second Language (K-12)
    - Certification
    - Non-certification

Minors Offered



The Modern Languages Department offers opportunities for the study of foreign languages, foreign literatures and foreign cultures. Students develop multilingual communicative skills for a wide range of purposes. Liberal arts majors and minors in French and Spanish are available, and students who incorporate professional education courses in their programs may qualify for initial certification in adolescence education. Courses in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, English as a Second Language, German and Italian also are offered.

The department participates in interdisciplinary programs leading to majors in international studies  and the minor in Latino and Latin American studies .

Special Features

  • Study abroad
    See International and Study Abroad  programs for more information.
  • Honor Societies: National Honor Societies in French (Pi Delta Phi) and Spanish (Sigma Delta Pi)
  • Internship opportunities
  • Language clubs
  • Language Proficiency Certificates: SUNY Cortland has been chosen by the Chambre de Commerce de Paris as a testing site for the certificate for proficiency in commercial French.
  • Practicum in undergraduate teaching (French)
  • Up-to-date foreign language learning center for access to authentic electronic materials and for multimedia development
  • FLES methods course for K-6 certification extension (French or Spanish)


  1. Degree requirements  listed in this catalog apply to the majors offered by this department.
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements: 90 credit hours
  3. Up to 18 credit hours of course work at the 300-level or above in any semester of study in an approved French or Spanish study abroad program may count towards fulfillment of major or minor requirements.
  4. Students must participate in periodic assessment activities.
    French (FRE) and Spanish (SPA) majors must take a Simulated Oral Proficiency (SOPI) with their advisors in Modern Languages and submit an Oral Proficiency Development Plan to their advisors early in the major sequence. French and Spanish majors must take the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) at the beginning of their final year. Advanced Low is the minimum target OPI score for language majors, and the minimum national standard for public school teachers of foreign language.

    Note: FLT 299, FRE 311, 315, 316, ICC 201, SPA 313, 315, 317, meet the General Education Category 7 requirements. SPA 306 and FRE 319 fulfill the Presentation Skills requirement.





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