The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in Chinese, French, German, Russian, or Spanish. Programs are also available in French, German, and Spanish as teaching fields under the interdepartmental major for teachers in secondary schools. Arabic, Italian, and Japanese are occasionally offered on the elementary and intermediate levels. Courses in Greek and Latin are the responsibility of the Department of Classical Studies.
In conjunction with the Registrar’s Office, transfer credit for language courses must be evaluated and approved by the language section in addition to the chair of the department. Such evaluation may include, but need not be limited to, the syllabus for the course and the test required of students showing competency in the language.
Modern Languages and Literatures
Taught in English and works read are in English.
Plan of Lower Division Language Courses
1000-level courses are beginning courses. Emphasis is on the spoken language, with extensive use of dialogues and drills designed to illustrate the basic structural features of the language and to develop oral proficiency.
Courses numbered 1402 are a continuation of 1401 and will generally complete the study of the basic grammatical features of the language.
Courses numbered 2301, 2401, 2302, or 2402 consist of intermediate level language study, focusing on speaking, reading, grammar, writing, and comprehension.
Language courses 1401, 1402, 1403, 1600, 2301, or 2401 may be taken pass/fail unless the student is using them to satisfy the foreign language requirement of the Pathways curriculum.
No credit will be given for any prerequisite course in the four-semester lower-division sequence once a student has received credit for a more advanced course.
Global Latinx Studies
Global Latinx Studies is an interdisciplinary analysis of the Latinx experience from the past to the present, in an interdisciplinary space that includes modern languages, and spans the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. The major encompasses, but is not confined to, the communities of the Americas, the Iberian Peninsula, and the Caribbean. It especially focuses on the Latinx diasporas throughout the world, including communities with a shared colonial past with Spain and Portugal.
Students develop their knowledge of and commitment to Latinx Studies through coursework in leadership development, intercultural capacities, and linguistic fluency as well as disciplinary courses in history, economics, cultural studies, and religion.
In addition, the program fosters close ties between the University and the Latinx community in San Antonio through internships, service-learning, and other opportunities. Majors are strongly encouraged to participate in study-abroad programs.
A signature aspect of the major will be a senior portfolio that ties together the many strands of a Global Latinx major’s course of study. This reflects on the interdisciplinary links between at least three different courses and represents the culmination of personal and professional growth in the understanding of Latinx communities in the Americas and beyond.