The B.A. programs focus on studying the spoken and written language, the literature, and the culture. Spanish majors in the B.A. program select a sequence of courses that focuses either on Spanish literature and culture, or on Latin American culture and Spanish American literature. Students are encouraged to study in Spain, Latin America, or France for a semester or year. Freshmen who want to teach French or Spanish begin their studies in the B.A. program.
The B.S. programs in secondary education lead to a New York State initial certification for teaching French or Spanish in grades 7–12. Students who graduate from the secondary education programs learn the language and culture and complete student teaching experiences in both middle schools and high schools. Students who learn two languages have greater flexibility in their teaching careers.
The classical studies minor enables students to study the languages and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, including their art, history, mythology, philosophy, and theater.
The interdisciplinary international studies minor give students the opportunity to combine their language skills with another field, such as economics, history, or women’s studies.
The master of science in education degree in foreign-language teaching is designed primarily to accommodate the needs of initially licensed 7-12 French or Spanish teachers for professional licensure in the teaching of foreign languages and extension of the certificate to the 1-6 level. Because the degree is intended to accommodate full-time, practicing teachers, it is expected that most will be enrolled as part-time students.
The French and Spanish postbaccalaureate teacher certification programs prepare students with an academic background in French or Spanish to teach in grades 7 through 12. Students complete 42 credits of undergraduate coursework combining a study of language, culture, and literature with professional teacher preparation.
The program fulfills educational requirements for initial teaching certification from the New York State Education Department, including student teaching. Students must then meet additional certification requirements, including passing the NYS Teacher Certification Examination. No degree or certificate is awarded by Buffalo State.