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Front view of Centennial HallThe Department of World Languages and Literatures helps prepare Texas State University students for careers in education, scholarly research, international relations and business, foreign service, translation/interpretation, consulting, editing, and many other professions. The World Languages and Literatures faculty design dynamic courses that help the graduate compete in the modern market. The faculty help the students acquire higher-level language skills, and multicultural competence. We offer majors and minors in Spanish, French and German, and a minor in Japanese. We also offer a comprehensive master's program in Spanish with courses in literature, linguistics, language, culture and film. In addition, through Extension Studies, the department offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Russian, and American Sign Language.

If you want to think globally, then you need to speak a foreign language. The Modern Language Association "regards the learning of languages other than English as vital to an understanding of the world; such learning serves as a portal to the literatures, cultures, historical perspectives, and human experiences that constitute the human record." READ MORE.

The faculty of the Department of World Languages and Literatures publish internationally and are recognized for their expertise in literature, linguistics, cultural studies, multicultural content, and film. The department also publishes Letras Hispanas: Revista de Literatura y Cultura, a peer-reviewed, open-access online journal dedicated to publishing scholarly essays that engage topics related to Spanish, Latin American, and US Latino literatures and cultures. CALICO, an international journal and organization devoted to the use of technology in foreign language teaching, is sponsored administratively by the department. Students in World Languages can participate in various language honor societies and clubs. Yeshe: A Journal of Tibetan Literature, Arts and Humanities is the first journal in the English language devoted to Tibetan literature, arts and humanities. The Spanish honor society publishes Al principio, a journal devoted to poems in all languages and artwork from all cultures. Our department’s German faculty organize and host the annual state-wide German Contest, which brings around 1,000 students of German from Texas junior highs and high schools to compete at Texas State each spring.

We also support semester study programs in Argentina, Chile, France, Japan and Spain, as well as summer study programs in Austria, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, and Spain. Find out how studying abroad could give you an edge in the job market.