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The Department of Modern Languages contributes to the threefold mission of the College of Liberal Arts by enabling students to develop basic competencies and defined proficiency levels in any of several modern languages, by helping students to prepare for the world of work by means of specialized courses and degree options, and by providing students with the tools for understanding and evaluating the diversity of human culture as represented in a number of the world’s languages and literatures.
In addition to satisfying the entrance requirements for the College of Liberal Arts, prospective majors in the Department of Modern Languages must meet the following criteria:
Six hours of composition.
Three hours of English or modern and classical languages literature or other approved substitute.
Three hours above the freshman level of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts or philosophy, or technical writing.
Six hours (MATH 1301 or higher).
Eight hours in a single lab science (biology, chemistry, geology, or physics).
Three hours from architecture, art, dance, music, or theatre arts.
The Social and Cultural Studies requirement will be satisfied by designated courses which have been approved by the Undergraduate Assembly. For a list of approved courses, contact the University Advising Center or the student’s major department.
Sufficient number of hours to complete the total hours required for a degree.
1441, 1442, 2313, 2314, or equivalent; plus 24 hours at 3000/4000 level in the major language field, at least nine of which must be at the 4000 level. Of these 24 hours, specific course requirements by language are listed below:
French – FREN 3311, 3312
German – GERM 3313, 3314, 4321, 4322
Spanish – SPAN 3314, 3315, 3319 (Native speakers must take SPAN 3304, 3305, 3315, 3319)
18 hours, at least six of which must be 3000/4000 level.
Sufficient to reach the total of hours required for the degree.
120 hours, at least 36 of which must be 3000/4000 level.
A minor in French, German, Russian, or Spanish consists of 19 semester hours (excluding 1441), at least nine of which must be 3000/4000 level.
The following options may be selected, but courses listed under options do not substitute for courses specified by number in the basic degree plan above.
Students wishing to earn a degree in two languages may choose this option. Requirements are 18 upper-level credit hours (with nine at the 4000 level) in each language. There is no minor with this option. Each program of study includes courses required in each language. Please consult with an advisor. In addition, students may choose a concentration of area studies: European Area Studies for those studying any combination of French, German, Spanish and Russian or American Studies for those studying French and Spanish. For the area studies concentration, students will choose 12 hours of approved courses in other departments. Please consult the Undergraduate Advisor for information on the approved area studies courses.
Students wishing to take a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Modern Language with Secondary Teacher Certification must complete 24 hours of courses in the language, at the 2000 level and above. Eighteen of these hours must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. In addition, each language requires specific courses (counted toward the overall requirement):
German: GERM 3313 or 3314, 4339
Spanish: SPAN 3314*, 4339
French: FREN 3315, 4339
*Native/Heritage Spanish speakers must take SPAN 3304 and SPAN 3305 in place of SPAN 3314.
Students should consult the College of Education for information concerning Teacher Certification and other specific requirements.
(Bachelor of Arts Degree in Modern Languages with a concentration in Latin American studies)
4365, 4366, 4367.
4321, 4322, (recommended).
(Bachelor of Arts Degree in Russian with a concentration in area studies)
Political Science or History
Russian, plus selected Russian area courses from the following: 3301, 3306, 3322, 3323, 4322, 4323, 4334, 4335, 4359, 4360, 4362, and 4365.
*Other courses approved by the major advisor may be substituted if these designated courses are taken for credit in Russian language.
Students with no previous experience or courses in a modern language may choose to begin French, German, Spanish, or Russian by enrolling in the Intensive Program, and may complete Levels I and II (8 credit hours), or Levels III and IV (6 credit hours) of the chosen language in the Fall, Spring or Summer sessions. Students may also choose to fulfill their language requirement by enrolling in Portuguese. These classes may not be offered every semester or every summer. Check with the Department of Modern Languages for available courses. Students are cautioned to take these courses prior to their senior year because of the possibility of enrollment limitations.
In cooperation with the Department of Modern Languages, the School of Business Administration offers a Bachelor of Business Administration with dual concentrations in international business and a modern language. The BBA in International Business offers concentrations in French, German, Russian or Spanish. In addition to 26 hours in a modern language with an additional six hours of modern language electives highly recommended, students in this program get a solid foundation in business courses, including accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, and information systems. Students are encouraged to include six hours of degree specific language electives.
Students interested in receiving theoretical and practical training in Spanish-English and English-Spanish translation are eligible to apply to this 9-hour certificate program in the Department of Modern Languages. Topics to be covered by the rigorous coursework in the Certificate Program may include medical, commercial, legal, and literary translation. To be admitted to the program, students must demonstrate fluency in both English and Spanish, and have completed the following 12 hours of prerequisites: SPAN 3303: Advanced Spanish Conversation (or SPAN 3304: Spanish for Heritage Speakers I); SPAN 3314: Advanced Spanish Grammar (or SPAN 3305: Spanish for Heritage Speakers II); SPAN 3315: Composition through Literature; either SPAN 3311: Spanish Culture and Civilization or SPAN 3312: Spanish-American Culture and Civilization. Once these prerequisites are met, students take the following core courses in translation: SPAN 4340: Introduction to Translation; SPAN 4341 Specialized Translation I; SPAN 4342 Specialized Translation II. To receive the certificate, students are also required to pass an Exit Examination in translation.
The Department of Modern Languages maintains a fully equipped audio, video, and computerized language laboratory on the third floor of Trimble Hall. Lab attendance is required for language classes. Audio tapes, video tapes, computerized language software, organized additional instruction, and tutoring are used as supplemental modes of assistance in the language acquisition process.
Students wishing to earn credit by examination for any of the first four (1441, 1442, 2313, 2314) levels of French, German, or Spanish must present an official score received on one of two nationally administered examinations recognized by the department: (1) Advanced Placement Examination of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB), or (2) College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the CEEB. At UT Arlington the examinations will be administered by the Testing Services Office of Counseling and Career Development on dates to be announced.
Students should give serious consideration to the unique learning experience of studying abroad. The department offers several opportunities for gaining credit while studying abroad. All arrangements must be made through the Department Study Abroad Advisor.
Summer Study: Regular programs are offered which provide opportunities for summer study in various countries, including France, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Spain, Costa Rica, the post-Soviet States/ Eastern Europe, and the People’s Republic of China.
Students majoring in French, German, Russian, or Spanish may demonstrate competency in computer use by:
Students majoring in French, German, Russian, or Spanish may demonstrate competence in oral presentations by:
Associate Professor Elliott
Choi, Conway, Israel-Pelletier, Rings, Sol, van Noort
Holder, Kania, Palangian, Rueda Acedo, Ruiz-Perez, Seminet
Acker, Keilstrup, McDowell, Ordoñez, Sánchez, Steinecke, Studerus, Viña
Each modern language—French, German, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese—has course designations 1441, 1442, etc. The student should check the language desired for the course description.
Native speakers or heritage speakers, or near-native speakers may not enroll in courses numbered below 3000.
Information on Advanced Courses: In FREN, GERM, RUSS, and SPAN, and except for native, heritage or near-native speakers, the prerequisite for 3000-level courses is the completion of the 2314 course or equivalent with at least a grade of C or departmental permission. The prerequisite for 4000-level courses in FREN, GERM, RUSS, and SPAN is the completion of at least two 3000-level courses or departmental permission. Prerequisites for advanced courses in other areas are stated under their specific headings.
Prefix and number in parentheses following the UT Arlington course number and title is the Common Course Number designation.
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