In the Department of Foreign Languages we offer a wide array of language and culture courses in Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies, American Sign Language, French, German, and Spanish. No prior language knowledge is required for the elementary language and culture courses. Student continue their coursework in intermediate and advanced courses by signing up for a minor or a full Bachelor's program. In addition, we offer graduate courses in Spanish.

The department hosts language clubs as well during which students enhance their language skills. Our ASL Club, for instance, has made numerous appearances during sport events during which club members signed the national anthem.


Advanced proficiency in a foreign language is known to augment marketability on the job market. Our foreign language minors cater to this demand through advanced study in language, literature and culture. The minor is designed to expose students to a myriad of options in language and cultural studies.

Students hone their skills in conversation, composition and cultural studies in a plethora of courses in media, film, criminal justice and business, linguistics, literature and culture. Students may also pursue a minor in more than one language to refine their skills in world languages and cultures. Courses in the minor may also be taken abroad through one of the Department’s study abroad programs in Canada, Costa Rica, Germany or Spain.

We offer the following:

  • Minor in Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies
  • Minor in French/Francophone Studies
  • Minor in German
  • Minor in Spanish


An undergraduate degree in a foreign language opens innumerable opportunities in a variety of professional fields such as law enforcement, international business, teaching, translation, and health sciences. The BA in Spanish is an undergraduate degree offering students the opportunity to hone their skills in language, literature and Hispanic cultures. It is specifically designed to broaden cultural and professional expertise. Students may also study in Costa Rica or Spain to gain valuable international exposure to Hispanic cultures while pursuing the BA in Spanish.

A concentration in teaching/pedagogy is also offered as part of the BA in Spanish degree.

While pursuing a BA in Spanish degree, students may also consider minoring in a foreign language, including Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies, French/Francophone Studies, German or Spanish.


The MA in Spanish is a 36 credit-hour graduate degree. It offers a broad range of core and elective courses in literature, linguistics, pedagogy, and translation to prepare students for a host of professionally competitive careers. Our program provides flexible options for students to take classes on our campuses in Huntsville and in The Woodlands and online. An intellectually and professionally stimulating training and experience, the MA in Spanish at SHSU is not to be missed.

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