Department of Foreign Languages



In this world of international business and world travel, it is necessary to communicate effectively with one another. Through the ages, language barriers have posed a difficult obstacle that has deterred our efforts to exchange ideas. In an attempt to overcome this problem, more and more students are taking language courses in higher levels of education.

Knowledge of a foreign language will give you a competitive edge when applying for a job or in the case of a promotion. Also, remember that command of a second language enhances your mastery of English and also makes it easier for you to learn yet another language. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain.


The program in Foreign Languages at Sam Houston State University offers the B.A. and M. A. degrees in Spanish. Students may minor in French and German as well. Of course, class enrollment is not restricted to majors and minors. Students enrolled in any degree program at SHSU are welcome to take classes in foreign languages.

Students may also enroll in foreign language classes to complete requirements for certification in cooperation with the College of Education. Certification is available in Bilingual Education (Spanish only), Elementary Education (Spanish only), and Secondary Education (French, German or Spanish).


The 36-hour MA program in Spanish at Sam Houston State University will prepare students with the skills necessary for careers as instructors of Spanish in secondary and higher education institutions, for further doctoral study, and for entering the workforce as teachers, interpreters or bilingual employees in various industries and services. The program will provide a thorough grounding in practical fluency skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), pedagogical methodology, cultural, linguistic, and literary training in this high-demand field. The program will require the completion of a minimum of 36 hours credit and will consist of (Plan A) eight three-hour required courses plus four three-hour courses in prescribed electives, or (Plan B) eight three-hour courses from Spanish required and two three-hour Bilingual Education courses plus two three-hour courses in prescribed electives. (See Appendix A for the list of Spanish courses and Appendix B for a list of Bilingual Education courses). In Plan B students may choose from courses offered in Education with Spanish content (see list below). This non-thesis program includes both theory and application that is geared toward enhancing careerrelated skills and understanding Spanish culture. Moreover, it allows students to take additional courses in either the Spanish program or other relevant programs offered on campus to enhance their expertise in a desired area of emphasis.

All students will be required to take at least one Spanish Language and Linguistics course and at least one course each in Spanish and Spanish-American Literature. A student may take one 400-level Spanish course for graduate credit with pre-approval by the Department of Foreign Language. A student may take a 400-level course for graduate elective credit from another department with pre-approval by the Department of Foreign Language. To receive graduate credit for a 400-level course, the student must complete additional requirements beyond that required of undergraduates. These requirements will be outlined by the professor and shall appear in the course syllabus.

Click here for our M.A. Degree Plan.


The Office of Graduate Studies has created an Online Graduate Orientation, which will be available year-round. Students enrolling in the spring or summer semesters and those unable to attend the fall orientation now have a more convenient way to access the same information provided at the New Student Graduate Orientation.

Please note that this orientation is beneficial to all graduate students, whether they are enrolled in online or face-to-face courses. Students will simply need to click the orange forward and back arrows to navigate through the orientation.

Click here for the Online Graduate Orientation.


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