SUNY Oneonta

Foreign Languages & Literatures

Associate Professors: Arango, Nahson, Small; Assistant Professors: Fieni, Montoya, Tsan


Through engaging teaching techniques and innovative research agendas, select writing-intensive practicums, efficient oral proficiency sessions and high-impact service-learning initiatives, nationally and abroad, our outstanding faculty inspires dedication to the central role of languages, literatures and cultures in the world today. With knowledge in disciplines as diverse as language-acquisition, literature and linguistics, creative writing and journalism, cognitive theory and education, civic engagement and immigration, bilingualism, cultural studies, hermeneutics, music, philosophy and religion, with advanced methodologies to suit all levels of language instruction, we elicit high levels of student performance. The mission of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures is to offer high quality education and meaningful collegiate experiences in a vibrant and highly supportive educational setting to promote excellence in learning, scholarship and service, challenging students to think critically, develop life-long learning values, acquire key career expertise, cultivate vital analytical skills, embrace ethical thinking and linguistic diversity and become committed driving forces in the local and global community.


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science




Adolescence Education: French, Spanish

(Students interested in majoring in Adolescence Education French or Spanish should refer to the Education section.)





Arabic and Islamic Studies



Requirements for the Majors

French: 36 s.h. in French beyond intermediate French (FREN 104), including 3 s.h.of French grammar and composition, 9 s.h. of introduction to French and Francophone literature, 6 s.h. of French civilization, 9 s.h. of electives in French literature, and 9 s.h. of selections in French.

Provisional certification in French Secondary Education: 36 s.h.beyond intermediate French (FREN 104), including courses in French grammar and composition, conversational French, French literature, phonetics, and French civilization.

Spanish: 36 s.h. beyond intermediate Spanish (SPAN 104), including 6 s.h. of advanced Spanish usage, 3 s.h. of introduction to Spanish literature, 3 s.h. of civilization of the Spanish speaking world, 3 s.h. of survey of Spanish literature, 3 s.h. of survey of Spanish American literature, 9 s.h. of selections in Spanish and/or Spanish-American literature, and 9 s.h. of selections in Spanish, including phonetics, conversation, film studies, Spanish for the professions, and literature electives.

Provisional certification in Spanish Secondary Education: 36 s.h. beyond intermediate Spanish (SPAN 104), including courses in advanced Spanish usage, conversation, phonetics, Spanish and Spanish-American literature, and civilization of the Spanish speaking world.

Requirements for the Concentrations

French: 30 s.h. in French grammar, composition, phonetics, literature, and conversational French. See the Advisement Handbook for further details.

Spanish: 30 s.h. in Spanish grammar, composition, phonetics, literature, and conversational Spanish. See the Advisement Handbook for further details.

Requirements for the Minors

Arabic and Islamic Studies:  21s.h. total, with 15 s.h. of Arabic language beyond the 101 level, and 9 s.h. of courses in the history, culture, literature, sociology and geography relating to the Islamic world.

French: 18 s.h. of any 200-level courses, or higher, offered in French language, literature, or civilization.

Spanish: 18 s.h. beyond intermediate Spanish (SPAN 104), including 6 s.h. of advanced Spanish usage, 3 s.h. of introductory Spanish literature, 3 s.h. of Survey of either Spanish literature or Spanish-American literature, 3 s.h. of civilization of the Spanish speaking world, and 3 s.h. of a selection of Spanish.

Special Programs or Facilities

SUNY Oneonta sponsors overseas study programs in England, Germany, India, Italy/Greece, Japan, Korea, and Russia. The State University of New York also offers many study abroad opportunities in a wide variety of countries for all students in the State University system.

Note on Prerequisites

Proper placement in language skill courses is very important. Please note the prerequisite listed for language courses. In addition to those prerequisites, we offer the option of taking a proficiency examination for proper placement. Please consult with the Department concerning the proficiency test for the language of your choice.

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