The Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication is a department within the College of Liberal and Applied Arts. Its courses and programs are an integral part of the liberal arts core of the university and provide students in all disciplines with the opportunity to develop communication skills, cultural awareness and an international perspective. The department offers a full range of classes, from introductory language to advanced literature and culture, in French and Spanish, four semesters of German and other introductory courses in other languages. In addition to a solid undergraduate program for majors and minors, including teaching fields, the department provides courses required for bilingual teaching certification, Latin American studies and international business.
Majors & Minors
Students may major or minor in French or Spanish. Those students majoring or seeking teaching fields in language follow university curricula requirements for the Bachelor of Arts. The department encourages all students, majors and non-majors, to integrate language study with their other areas of academic interest. The Latin American studies minor offers an interdisciplinary program including courses in Spanish, history, political science, geography and sociology. Many students in disciplines outside the College of Liberal and Applied Arts (international business and law enforcement, for example) find a second major in language particularly useful in preparing for their careers and increasing their job opportunities. A course in Spanish for the professions focuses on structure and vocabulary necessary for effective communication in job situations.
Awards & Scholarships
The Opal Glenn Liem Chase Memorial Foreign Language Scholarship is a competitive scholarship awarded each year to a junior or senior-level modern language major. Application is made through the Alumni Association.
The department recognizes its outstanding graduate each year with the Elizabeth B. Davis Award.
- Sigma Delta Pi: Founded in 1919, Sigma Delta Phi is the largest foreign language honor society in existence, and the only honor society devoted exclusively to students of Spanish in four-year colleges and universities. Its purpose is to honor those students who attain excellence in the study of Spanish language and Hispanic literature and culture, as well as to foster deeper understanding of Hispanic culture.
- Student clubs in Spanish - Club de Español, Spanish Conversation Group
- Student clubs in French - French Club, French Table
Advanced placement and bypass credit: A student with a background in language (for example, high school study, speaking a language at home, living in a foreign country) may be eligible for advanced placement in a higher-level course. On completion of the course with a grade of C or better, students may receive up to 14 hours credit. Students with adequate scores on the CEEB Advanced Placement examination or on the CLEP examination also may receive college credit. Students should consult the department for detailed information on advanced placement credit, bypass credit and the department's placement examination.
Multimedia language learning resource center: A facility designed to help students develop their language skills and understanding of other cultures. The LRC provides networked computers, CDs, DVDs, specialized language programs, recording facilities, and access to the Internet.
Study abroad: The department offers summer programs in Costa Rica and Spain, with summer study in France available through the University of Houston. SFA also has an exchange agreement with the University of Costa Rica. In addition, the department works with the Office of International Studies and Programs in aiding students who wish to enroll in other study abroad programs.
Small classes: Average class size is 20 students. Maximum class size is 25, except in conversation classes, which are limited to 20 students. No classes are taught by graduate assistants.
For more information, contact the Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication at firstname.lastname@example.org or 936.468.4303.