UNT Undergraduate Catalog
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Main Departmental Office
Language Building, 101
P.O. Box 311127
Denton, TX 76203-1127
(940) 565-2404
Fax: (940) 565-2581

Web site: www.forl.unt.edu

Jerry C. Nash, Chair


Professors Damico, Nahrgang, Nash, Olsen. Associate Professors Beckman, Hyde, Koop. Assistant Professors Beck, Denton, Johansen, Marerro, New, Oxford, Sirvent. Instructors Bustinza, Crystle.


The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers students instruction that enables them to understand, speak, read and write the language chosen for study. Further, the department helps the student to gain, through the use of these tools, a knowledge of the country where the language is spoken and, as a result of this knowledge, to gain an understanding of the people themselves.

The department's place in the humanities area of the College of Arts and Sciences is based on the effective performance of the task of creating a climate of understanding between peoples separated by linguistic and cultural barriers. The department maintains and promotes a strong program of studies in French, Spanish, German and Latin, furnishing the appropriate courses in language, literature, culture and pedagogy.

Placement and Proficiency Examinations

All students who have earned high school credit for foreign language but who have not earned college credit for a foreign language will be required to take an examination to determine placement in the appropriate foreign language course. Students will be required to enroll for their first foreign language course according to the course level indicated by the results of the placement examination. Any deviation from course placement must be approved in advance by the department chair. Students must then complete all remaining courses in sequence (1010, 1020, 2040, 2050).

Proficiency at the sophomore level in one foreign language may be demonstrated by 1) equivalent courses at the college level or 2) credit earned through CLEP or Advanced Placement examinations or through the International Baccalaureate program and 3) placement at the 3000-course level as determined by the departmentally administered placement test. Proficiency demonstrated by the departmentally administered placement test will be posted as proficiency at the 2050 level on the students transcripts. Any questions should be directed to the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Programs of Study

The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

Bachelor of Arts

A Bachelor of Arts degree requires a minimum of 128 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.

Major in French, German or Spanish

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment.

BA with a Major in French, German or Spanish (.pdf)

BA with a Major in French, German or Spanish (HTML)

Suggested Minors for BA with Majors in French, German or Spanish

Recommended minors for students majoring in a foreign language are a second foreign language, English, history, business, economics and computer science.

Minor in Foreign Languages and Literatures

Students may pursue minors in French, German, Spanish or Latin. A minor consists of 18 semester hours in one foreign language, including 6 advanced hours. Other options may be available; students should consult with a departmental adviser if interested.

French Co-op Program

Students majoring or minoring in French have the opportunity to participate in the French Co-op Program:

1. Study in France:

2. Exchange programs with paid internships: Institut Universitaire de Technologie of Le Havre.

Contact the departmental office for additional information.

Teacher Certification

Students who expect to teach foreign languages in secondary schools must complete the requirements of the state of Texas for teacher certification as listed by the Department of Teacher Education and Administration in the College of Education section.

Bilingual Education Concentration

Interested students should consult with the Department of Teacher Education and Administration in the College of Education for further information.

Graduate Degrees

The department offers major work in French and Spanish and minor work in Latin and German in a Master of Arts degree program. For information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Courses of Instruction

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