Foreign Languages

On August 5, 2014, the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with Teacher Certification in the Department of Foreign Languages became a national recognized program by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.)



The College of Humanities and Social Sciences ranks #5 in the nation in Social Sciences for specialized research universities.

The Program in Foreign Languages offers Sam Houston State University students the opportunity to increase their social awareness and broaden their educational experience by learning the language and culture of other people and countries.

Twenty-eight faculty members bring to the classroom their wide range of training and experience to assist students in their endeavors to acquire a new language. Classroom instruction is reinforced in the basic courses by practical experience in the language lab. In addition, many cultural events during the course of the academic year reinforce classroom and laboratory experience to provide students the opportunity to relate to other cultures.

Mission Statement

As a citizen-department of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Foreign Languages espouses the mission of the College:

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) provides an essential component to a liberal arts education: understanding human beings in their diversity as expressed in their arts, literatures, histories, ideas, values, oral and written expressions, and behavior. By promoting analytic, interpretive, interpersonal, and communication skills, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences facilitates personal growth, competent professionalism, and responsible citizenship.

As an independent department, Foreign Languages supports the University and College missions. Therefore, the Department offers a broad and coherent undergraduate liberal arts approach to American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German and Hispanic languages, arts and cultures, which prepares students for careers that will serve the human community and meet the global challenges which face our society.

The Department is committed to serving the greater community through programs in cooperation with other educational and cultural institutions. Similarly, the Faculty contributes to the intellectual life of the civic and academic communities through teaching, service, scholarship and research.

Vision Statement

As a citizen-department of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Foreign Languages espouses the vision of the College:

To become a "Tier I Balanced" college -- nationally recognized for excellence in both instruction and research/scholarship - in which:

    1. all students receive excellent instruction directly from tenure-track faculty,
    1. undergraduate and graduate students are actively involved in creative/research activities,
    1. graduates are well regarded by employers and graduate and professional schools,
    1. faculty are well rounded academics who take equal pride in instructional, scholarly/research, and service activities,
    1. instruction and research/scholarship are equally valued and rewarded,
    1. the scholarship of teaching and innovation in instruction are promoted and rewarded,
    1. the quality of the research, scholarship, and creative activity of the faculty are well regarded internationally,
    1. seeking extramural funding for research/scholarship is promoted and rewarded,
    1. outstanding scholarship is valued regardless of the attraction of extramural funding,
    1. extramural funding for research is used to support students and engage them in the production of knowledge and understanding,
    1. an active cross-disciplinary intellectual environment is present that promotes creative interactions of faculty and students,
    1. students and faculty are actively engaged in the community,
    1. service to the college and the profession are encouraged, valued, and rewarded

As an independent department, Foreign Languages strives

To become a department which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in all classroom-taught target languages -- nationally recognized for excellence in both instruction and research/scholarship—in which:

    1. Classroom target-language offerings include American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Korean & Spanish.
    1. Additional strategic languages will be phased into classroom offerings while other target languages will be offered on demand by the critical languages approach.
    1. On-going & constant cultural enrichment opportunities, including service learning, for the civic and academic communities play an integral role.
    1. Majors & minors participate in target-language-based study abroad.
    1. Majors & minors demonstrate measurable proficiency in all five skill areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing & culture.

As part of a “Tier I Balanced" college, our department goals are to have:

    1. Graduate programs that are specifically designed to meet the needs of working professionals.
    1. Faculty tie scholarly activities & accomplishments to teaching.
    1. Faculty constantly strive to expand the breadth of their instruction and research/scholarship.


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