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Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a major in Spanish designed to develop the student’s specialized knowledge of culture, literature, and language. The department also offers a major in Modern Language Studies, which gives students the opportunity to study various cultural aspects of a language area (including French, German, Japanese, and Russian). Minors in French, German, Russian, Spanish, Comparative Literature, Foreign Languages, and Linguistics give students the opportunity to refine language skills, develop linguistic awareness, and acquire knowledge of a foreign culture and/or literature. Skills-development courses, which facilitate speaking, reading, writing, and understanding of a foreign language, are offered in these languages as well as in Arabic, Chinese, and Italian. Courses in comparative studies in the humanities relate literatures to the other arts and general currents of culture and humanistic thought, while coursework in linguistics focuses on general concepts of linguistic structure and meaning and relates language development to other areas of human understanding. Additional study abroad is strongly encouraged. The department also offers courses in Media Studies, which allow students to put into practice their theoretical studies in the humanities.

Department Honors

A student whose grade point average in courses taken at UTSA is at least 3.0, whose grade point average in upper-division courses in one of the fields offered as a major in the department is at least 3.5, and who has completed 18 semester credit hours at the upper-division level in the major (24 hours for Spanish) may petition the undergraduate faculty advisor to enroll in the appropriate honors course (FRN 4993, GER 4993, or SPN 4993 Honors Research). If the student maintains the minimum grade point averages upon completion of the course, the Department Honors Committee will evaluate the project the student completed in the honors course and determine whether he or she will be awarded Department Honors.


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