Foreign Language studies at Le Moyne aim to equip the students with an understanding and respect for our multicultural and increasingly globalized world through a well-rounded preparation in a language, culture and civilization different from their own. The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers majors in French and Spanish as well as studies in the other widely-spoken languages of the world. To develop students’ linguistic proficiency and cultural knowledge, courses are taught in the target language and in their cultural context in a small classroom setting. In the Department of Foreign Languages, we believe that immersion is integral to one’s understanding of a language and culture; thus, as part of their program of study, Spanish and French majors are required to spend a semester abroad. Through study abroad, service learning experiences, and different cultural events offered by the department, students enrich their cross-cultural awareness and appreciation of diversity. Proficiency in a foreign language expands students’ career prospects, especially when combined with political science, business and marketing, international relations, criminology, law, health care, and education.
Foreign Language Courses and Requirements
If you would like to learn more about courses, requirements, and opportunities in Foreign Languages and Literatures, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.
Student Learning Goals
The primary responsibility of the Le Moyne College Spanish and French programs is to provide effective instruction to students in foreign languages and literatures within the liberal-arts environment and Jesuit tradition of the institution. This instruction includes experiences to promote linguistic and literary competence, intellectual growth, and personal development. A further responsibility is to encourage understanding of other cultures and appreciation of their differences.
Students who major in French or Spanish will
- communicate effectively with native speakers of the target language.
- learn about the target cultures in the target language.
- read and understand Spanish/Hispanic or French/Francophone literature.
- be aware of the structure of languages.
- be aware of what is happening in the Spanish and/or French speaking world.
Achievement of these goals is demonstrated through the student's:
- ability to interact, in person or over the phone or computer, with native speakers of Spanish or French unaccustomed to dealing with speakers of English.
- ability to express him/herself in writing in public and private settings.
- ability to gather specific and precise information from visual and audio texts, such as newspapers, magazines, television and the internet.
- ability to understand and interpret literary texts.
- ability to study and analyze language into its basic components: grammar, syntax, phonetics and vocabulary.
- understanding of Spanish, Latin American and US Latino, or French and Francophone cultural norms and expression.