Chairperson: Sheldon Huggins 718 270 6247 office 718 270 4828 fax
Faculty: Jesus Bottaro, Sheldon Huggins, Ana Maria Melendez, Maria L. Ruiz
The mission of the Department of World Languages and Cultures is to offer instruction in a variety of foreign languages to ensure that students are linguistically and culturally proficient in at least one language other than English in order to better define their own values as members of a global society, and to offer degree programs that enable students to achieve their academic and professional goals.
The Department of World Languages and Cultures offers a range of courses in Romance Languages and Cultures that aim to give students a solid preparation in both the targeted languages and the corresponding cultures of which they are essential vehicles.
Courses in the College Option
The Department offers several sequences of courses that satisfy the College option in the Diversity Cluster:
- Elementary Spanish I and II (Spanish 101 and 102)
- Elementary French I and II (French 101 and 102)
- Intermediate Spanish I and II (Spanish 201-202)
- Spanish for Native Speakers I and II (Spanish 203 and 204)
- Intermediate French I and II (French 201 and French 202)
- Haitian Creole for Native Speakers I and II (HACR 203 and 204)
- Elementary Portuguese I and II (PORT 101 and 102)
The main objective of the courses is to develop listening, oral, reading, and writing skills that will lead to a corresponding level of linguistic proficiency. However, an important effort is made to emphasize the function of languages as essential vehicles to understand cultures and to study, as a way to achieve the main objective, the main linguistic structures that make the language a system.
Students in the Department must pass Foreign Languages required Core courses with a grade of “C” or better.