Modern Languages at UTA
Faculty Highlights
Ray Elliott

A. Raymond Elliott

Section Head of Spanish
Associate Professor

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Catherine Ortiz

Catherine Ortiz

Lower Level Spanish Coordinator
Senior Lecturer

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Why Study Spanish?


Spanish is one of the most spoken languages throughout the world and it is tightly woven into the past, present and future of Texas and the United States. Unlike other languages, Spanish is not a language you use when you go somewhere else; it is a language that is directly relevant to our day-to-day life in Texas. Indeed, Spanish is expected to be the first language of at least 50% of the U.S. population within 50 years.

In this context, knowing Spanish will open many doors for students, including opportunities in Education, International Business, Politics, Public Relations, or Diplomacy. Not only is Spanish spoken by over 400 million people in the world, who are spread across more than 20 countries on 4 continents, but it is also one of the official languages of the United Nations and the European Union. What this means is that Spanish is a global language that is at the forefront of transnational, transatlantic and transpacific diplomacy and commerce. At UT Arlington, the Department of Modern Languages prepares students to take advantage of the limitless opportunities of knowing Spanish through classes in language, literature and culture. Students in our program discover the greatest works of literature to be produced in the Spanish-speaking world, as well as the films, songs and values that reflect or shape different community values. We prepare students not only to speak Spanish but to appreciate and respect the cultures of the Spanish-speaking peoples of the world.