Programs and Courses
Hofstra's French program offers an undergraduate major and minor in French and prepares students for a wide range of careers, both in education and in other sectors. Our curriculum features courses in language, culture, literature, and business, providing students with a wealth of knowledge about France and the Francophone world.
The Department of Italian at Hofstra University offers courses at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. This curriculum includes courses taught in Italian that cover a broad range of linguistic and cultural experiences: literature, cinema, critical methods, advanced grammar and composition, conversation, current events and mass media, history, geography, gender and immigration. In addition, courses in literature and cinema are regularly taught in English (some of which are listed under the rubric of Italian Studies). Beyond the academic experience offered in residence, the Department of Italian provides students the opportunity to study abroad: a five-week summer session in Sorrento; and a three-week winter session in Venice. Students can major or minor in Italian.
- B.A. Major in Spanish
- B.A. Major in Ibero-American Studies
- B.A. Major in Ibero-American Studies With a Minor in International Business
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Use the prefixes RLLT (Romance Languages and Literatures), FREN (French), FRLT (French Literature in Translation), ITAL (Italian), ITLT (Italian Literature in Translation), ITST (Italian Studies), LACS (Latin American and Caribbean Studies), SPAN (Spanish) and SPLT (Spanish Literature in Translation) to find the most up-to-date information about Romance Languages and Literatures courses.
Use the prefixes FREN (French) and SPAN (Spanish) to find the most up-to-date information about french and spanish courses.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT FOR THE B.A.
The foreign language requirement for the B.A. stipulates placement above level 4, completion of level 4 of a foreign language, or completion of the special language option. (Requirements for the B.S. vary according to each major. Consult your Bulletin for those requirements.) Placement above level 4 can be achieved by taking the placement exam for the language of your choice at the Language Laboratory, 213 Memorial Hall.
Students continuing the language studied in high school must take the placement test to determine placement into the proper level. No student shall receive credit toward graduation for any course below this level. You must continue that same language through the successful completion of level 4 to satisfy the foreign language requirement. Students transferring credits in a foreign language from another institution should continue in the level following the highest one in which they received transfer credit. If these credits are in a language other than the one studied in high school, they may continue to level 4, or they may use the Special Language Option (see below).
Students not continuing the study of a foreign language studied in high school may take levels 1 and 2 of a language not previously studied and six semester credits in any of the following ways:
- Levels 3 and/or 4 of that language
- Levels 1 and/or 2 of any other language not previously studied
- Literature in translation
- Comparative literature
- Jewish Studies, excluding JW ST 15 and 16
Students who choose the Special Language Option should file the appropriate form with the Advisement Office, 202 Davison Hall.
Beginning fall 2001, no courses to satisfy the language requirement may be taken on a P/D/F basis.