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Bridging Cultures 1

10 credits for 10 students.

This FIG is the ideal choice for students considering studying more language, linguistics, anthropology, or thinking about traveling abroad. The idea is to take the Spanish language course for your level on the side and still have room in your fall schedule for--History? Economics? Physics? Or whatever you like. We have reserved seats in 4 different Spanish classes so that, depending on your current proficiency, you may register for one of them. Questions? Ask the adviser from Modern Languages at your orientation session or email Dr. Sarmiento at sarmieod@potsdam.edu.

COMP 101-F08 Writing and Critical Thinking 4 Cr. TuTh 9:30-10:45am Levitt, E.
Encourages development of writing, critical thinking and the use of information resources. Addresses how language permits communication, shapes thought and changes through time. NOTE: Plus 1 hour TBA. Satisfies General Education FW requirement.

LANG 292-F08 Languages, Cultures and Differences 3 Cr. TuTh 11:00-12:15pm Sarmiento, O.
We will examine the link between Hispanic/Latino and American culture(s) and the intersection between English and Spanish. We will study cultural responses to a diverse range of experiences by people of nonwestern cultural heritages who speak Spanish and/or people who are bilingual / bicultural (Spanish/English). Students will critically reflect on key works of literature as well as films and documentaries to better distinguish differences of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and others. Involvement in class discussions is expected so presenting alternative views on the subject at hand is always a must. At the center of the pedagogical agenda of this class is the belief that appreciating political, historical, cultural and linguistic differences is a vital ethical demand and a pressing need for contemporary citizens. Counts towards Women’s and Gender Studies Major and Minor. Satisfies General Education XC requirement.

Choose ONE of these four Spanish courses:

  1. SPAN 103-F08 Contemporary Spanish Lang 3 3 Cr. MWF 9:00-9:50am Sarmiento, O.
    Sequel to Spanish II. Emphasis on basic grammatical concepts and reading techniques. NOTE: Assumes completion of SPAN 102 or equivalent. Satisfies General Education ML requirement.)
  2. SPAN 203-F08 Oral + Written Spanish 1 3 Cr. MWF 12:00-12:50pm Trevizan, L.
    Intensive, systematic review. Phonetics, grammar, syntax and vocabulary building. Focus on paste tense and speaking proficiency. NOTE: Assumes completion of SPAN 103 or equivalent. Satisfies General Education ML requirement.)
  3. SPAN 203-F08 Oral + Written Spanish 1 3 Cr. MWF 11:00-11:50am Trevizan, L.
    Honors Students Only.
    Intensive, systematic review. Phonetics, grammar, syntax and vocabulary building. Focus on paste tense and speaking proficiency. NOTE: Assumes completion of SPAN 103 or equivalent. Satisfies General Education ML requirement.)
  4. SPAN 204-F08 Oral + Written Spanish 2 3 Cr. MWF 11:00-11:50am Sarmiento, O.
    Intensive, systematic review. Phonetics, grammar, syntax and vocabulary building. Focus on the subjunctive and writing proficiency. NOTE: Assumes completion of SPAN 203 or equivalent. NOTE: Counts towards Women’s and Gender Studies major and minor.

FY 100-F08 @First Year Success Seminar 2 Cr. Tu 4:00-5:15pm Robbins, A.
The First-Year Success Seminar (FYSS) is a two-credit course designed to accelerate students’ transition to SUNY Potsdam. FYSS provides students with the opportunity to become integrated into the life of the campus by exploring their academic and social development. A strong emphasis is placed on critical inquiry – enhancing reading and writing, time management, and study skills. In addition, the course provides an orientation to campus resources and services and encourages self-exploration and personal development.