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- Doctoral candidates in French Studies, Abeer Aloush and Elise Bouhet, have been selected by the “Banlieue Network” research group at Oxford Brooks University, Oxford, to participate in a 5-day seminar on culture in French suburbs this summer in Paris (4/8/13-4/12/13). 17 participants (faculty, researchers, doctoral candidates) from around the world were selected this year. Both students are working on doctoral dissertations under the direction of Professor Jean-François Brière.
Congratulations to two of our students who presented papers at the 10th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference at the University at Albany, April 26-27, 2013. Nikoleta Papa: “Language Contact and Variation in the Spanish of Catalonia.” (Project Advisor: Lotfi Sayahi, LLC) and Sebastian Agosti: “The ‘Dirty War’ in Argentina.” (Project Advisor: David Lisenby, LLC).
- Spanish MA students, Cecily Corbett, Jordan Lavender and Victor Lucio, presented at the Masters Level Graduate Research Conference on 4-20-13 at The College at Brockport.
- Congratulations to Spanish PhD student Kathryn Ringer-Hilfinger, who has accepted a Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish position at Williams College.
Kudos to grad Danielle Jouët-Pastré (PhD Fre) who has published an article in Quebec Studies, "Entre l'attrait et l'aversion des origines: Le Mangeur de Ying Chen" Québec Studies Special Issue: New Voices on Québec (Fall 2012/Winter 2013): 21-35.
- Congratulations to Benjamin Mielenz (BA 2012, Spn), who was just awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach literature in Colombia later this year.
- Congratulations to French doctoral student, Elise Bouhet. Her paper, Les émeutes de 2005 ou lire la marge comme un espace de jeu, which she presented at Louisiana State University, has been published online at Mondesfrancophones.com, here.
- ENROLL NOW! 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) will host a joint 3-week learning experience for their 3 schools’ students in Senegal, West Africa, beginning 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.
- Congratulations to LLC graduate Megan Ollendyke (Fre MA), who is now an Editorial Assistant of the Air and Space Power Journal and has just written the editorial for the "Africa and Francophonie" issue of the journal.
- Congratulations to Spanish PhD students, Kathryn Ringer-Hilfinger and Zahir Mumin who have both had Book Notes published recently in the Journal of Studies in Second Language Acquisition (SSLA issue 34:4). Ms. Ringer-Hilfinger's note on Mapping Applied Linguistics: A Guide for Students and Practitioners can be found here and Mr. Mumin's note on Bilingualism in the USA: The Case of the Chicano-Latino Community can be found here.
- 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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