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- The Spanish, Russian, French, Italian and German clubs/tables are having an end of the year get together on 12/6/13, 3-4pm in HU 354. Come celebrate the end of the semester and the coming new year with us! We'll have tea and snacks. If you wish, you can bring a snack that fits the language/cultures of our clubs and tables.
- Congratulations to Professor Ilka Kressner, whose book, Sites of Disquiet, has been published by Purdue University Press.
- The Spanish Club is hosting its first annual holiday food drive. They are asking members to bring nonperishable food items to the next few meetings, or to drop them off in the box outside HU 274. All of the donations will be going to local food banks that will be distributing the food to families in the Capital District, and every little donation helps.
Don’t miss LLC’s variety of language clubs and tables including: Deutscher Stammtisch, La Pause Café, Tavola Italiana, Russian Learner's Club, La Dolce Vita, El Club de Español, UAlbany Tango Club. See this page for meeting times and more information.
Complete your Spanish master’s degree in just 1 year! Details here: 1 yr Spanish MA.
Professor Julio Torres (Spn) published the article ¡Ay bendito! ¿En serio? You’re Boricua and don’t speak Spanish? in the online magazine La Respuesta.
- Professor Emeritus Jean-François Brière (Fre) will be a guest speaker at Rice University (Texas) on 11/13/13. His presentation will deal with French-Haitian relations in the aftermath of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804).
- PhD student (Spn), Arnaldo Robles, had his abstract accepted to a major and peer-reviewed conference, “American Association for Applied Linguistics.” The paper is entitled, “Partnering Heritage and Second Language Learners of Spanish: Learning Opportunities for L2 Pronunciation.”
- Dr. Julio Torres presented a paper, "The Effects of Task Complexity on L2 and Heritage Spanish Development" at the 2013 International Conference on Task-Based Language Teaching in Banff, Canada (10/3-10/5).
- 2013 LLC Departmental Awards -
- Excellence in Teaching by a Spanish TA Award
Ashley LaBoda, SPN PhD
- The Eleanor Bazzoni 1906 Fellowship
Matthew Patrick Kelly, FRE major
- Frank Carrino Memorial Scholarship
Benjamin Mielenz, SPN major
- The Guy A. Enfanto Memorial Award for Excellence
Alex Esposito, FRE major
- Anthony M. Gisolfi Fund
Primo Stropoli, ITA major
- Congratulations to Spanish PhD student Kathryn Ringer-Hilfinger, who has accepted a Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish position at Williams College.
- 2013 Summer Study Trip to Senegal – “Culture and Customs of Senegal.” Drs. Eloise Brière (UAlbany), Cheikh Ndiaye (Union College), and Kevin Hickey (Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) hosted a joint 3-week learning experience for their 3 schools’ students in Senegal, West Africa, which began in the US with two information sessions to discuss Senegalese culture and prepare students for the trip, a visit to Little Senegal in New York City, and an exploration of west African art. More information available. View photos and a short blog from the previous Senegal trip.
- If you want to pursue both your SPN BA and MA, our combined BA/MA program may be perfect for you. It can save you a year of studies compared to finishing the BA, then completing a separate MA. Our Spanish MA is of the highest quality with graduates entering a broad array of careers, including teaching. While we do not certify for teaching, we offer classes in teaching and learning Spanish as a second language in addition to a wide variety of classes in Spanish linguistics, literatures, and cultures. Detailed information is attached below. Contact Spanish Program Director Dr. Maurice Westmoreland.
Students may major in Spanish and minor in 6 LLC languages: French, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Students wishing to major in French, Italian or Russian Studies may declare a student-initiated interdisciplinary major as described below.
Student Initiated Interdisciplinary Major
3/24/11 the University at Albany discontinued the: French PhD, MA, and major, the Italian major and the Russian major. As a result students cannot declare a new major in FRE, ITA or RUS at this time, but students may individually request the creation of a student-initiated interdisciplinary major in these areas. Interested students should contact a faculty member in the language program of interest to begin the process as soon as possible. Contact the LLC office at 442-4100 or 442-4222 if questions. What’s required:
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- a minimum of 36 credits for majors and 18 credits for minors
- at least one course outside the language of interest (should be supplemental the major/minor language coursework)
- 1 language faculty sponsor for the minor or 2 faculty sponsors for the major (one in the language program and one in another department in which the student is taking coursework for that degree).
- a written proposal from the student with a schedule of classes to be taken to complete the degree (for courses currently being offered: http://www.albany.edu/registrar/schedule_of_classes.html, for courses available at the university: http://www.albany.edu/undergraduate_bulletin/cas.html note: not all courses are offered every year—check with the departments about their planned offerings)
- a rationale from the student for why a separate student-initiated interdisciplinary degree is needed and why these courses were chosen.
- then the completed proposal must be submitted to Undergraduate Studies in LC30 to be reviewed and approved by the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee.
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