Bridging Cultures

12 credits for 15 students. Coordinator: Oscar Sarmiento

This 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 summer orientation session or e-mail Dr. Sarmiento at sarmieod@potsdam.edu.

92115 LANG 292-F08 Languages, Cultures and Differences: Hispanic Case 3 Cr. MWF 11-11:50 a.m. 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. Satisfies General Education XC requirement.

92107 COMP 101-F08 Writing and Critical Thinking 4 Cr. TuTh 9:30-10:45 a.m. plus 1 hour TBA 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. Satisfies General Education FW requirement.

Choose ONE of these four Spanish courses:

  1. 92108 SPAN 103-F08 Contemporary Spanish Language 3 3 Cr. MWF  9:00-9:50 a.m. Anderson, G. (5 seats reserved)
    Sequel to Spanish II. Emphasis on basic grammatical concepts and reading techniques. Satisfies General Education ML requirement.
  2. 92109 SPAN 203-F08 Oral + Written Spanish 1-HONOR 3 Cr. MWF 12:00-12:50 p.m. Trevizan, L. (3 seats reserved) Honors students only.
    Intensive, systematic review. Phonetics, grammar, syntax and vocabulary building. Focus on paste tense and speaking proficiency.  Prerequisite: SPAN 103. Satisfies General Education ML requirement.
  3. 92110 SPAN 203-F08 Oral + Written Spanish 1 3 Cr. MWF 1:00-1:50 p.m. Trevizan, L. (Non-honors regular class section) (3 seats reserved)
    Intensive, systematic review. Phonetics, grammar, syntax and vocabulary building. Focus on paste tense and speaking proficiency. Prerequisite:SPAN 103 or equivalent. Satisfies General Education ML requirement.
  4. 92111 SPAN 204-F08 Oral + Written Spanish 2 3 Cr. MWF 10:00-10:50 a.m. Anderson, G.
    (5 seats reserved)
    Intensive, systematic review. Phonetics, grammar, syntax and vocabulary building. Focus on the subjunctive and writing proficiency. Prerequisite:SPAN 203. Satisfies General Education ML requirement.

90549 FY 100-F08 First Year Success Seminar 2 Cr. Tu 4-5:15 p.m. Popovic, M.
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.