Jul 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures


Carmen Pereira-Muro, Ph.D., Chairperson

Horn Professor: Larmour
Charles B. Qualia Chair: Larson
Charles B. Qualia Professor: Lee
Professors: Barta, Beusterien, Edwards, Elola, Gorsuch, Lee, Pereira-Muro, Reiter, Witmore
Associate Professors: Bishop, Borst, Cole, Collopy, Grair, S. Guengerich, Kleinhans, Ladeira, Lavigne, McChesney, Qualin, Surliuga, Zamora
Assistant Professors: Anderson, Gosner, Guerrero, Michelson, Penteado, Regan, Rogers, Roy, Shepard, Wood, Zhang, Zinn
Assistant Professors of Practice: Brooke, Melhem, Tortorelli, Wang
Lecturers: Al-Hmoud, Cantor, Dollar, Drigalenko, Flores, P. Guengerich, Hays, Hohenstein, Mallory, Martinez, Parras-Aranda, Small, Verboon

CONTACT INFORMATION: 207 Foreign Language Building | Box 42071 | Lubbock, TX 79409-2071 | T 806.742.3145 | F 806.742.3306 | www.depts.ttu.edu/classic_modern

About the Department

This department supervises the following degree programs and certificate:

Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Programs

The department participates in the Ethnic Studies, Honors, Linguistics, Comparative Literature, and teacher education programs (see introductory section of the College of Arts & Sciences catalog text). The department also operates in the Texas Tech Center in Sevilla, Spain year-round and offers summer language and archeological field study abroad programs in Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia, and Spain. During the summer, the department hosts the International Teaching Assistant Workshop for international students.

Undergraduate Program

Resident Courses. Students who are minors are required to take at least one upper-level 3-hour class in residence in the target language at Texas Tech University. Students who are majors are required to take at least three upper-level classes (9 hours), including 3 courses of Communication Literacy, in residence in the target language at Texas Tech. Students who study abroad with the university programs (which involve faculty from this department) may include those courses among the required courses. Foreign study courses taken through approved exchange programs or other programs affiliated with Texas Tech are not considered as resident courses.

Study Abroad Courses. The department encourages students to study abroad and is very proud of its study abroad programs. Students enrolled at Texas Tech have many opportunities and options to study abroad, and many take this opportunity to enhance their language skills. Resident semester and academic year abroad programs are available in Sevilla, Spain. The department operates summer programs in Sevilla, Spain; Munich, Germany; Reims, France; Amman, Jordan; Rabat, Morocco; Chengdu, China; Shaoxing, China; Trentino Region of Italy, and, in alternate years, Salvador, Brazil, and Russia. In addition, the department offers a classical archaeology summer field course. Students enrolled in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, and Russian have other opportunities to study abroad in the respective countries. During the long semester, students may earn up to 16 hours of credit and during the summer they may earn up to 6 hours of credit per summer semester. Course offerings may include from first year through graduate study. Students should check with the respective language advisors and program directors for specific information on the programs, including prerequisites and other important information.

Foreign Language Requirements and Options. To fulfill the Arts & Sciences Bachelor of Arts requirements, students must complete 6 semester hours of 2301 and 2302 or above in the same language. A student who enrolls in the first-year sequence will have an 11-16 hour requirement.

To fulfill the Arts & Sciences Bachelor of Science requirements, students must complete 3 semester hours at the sophomore level or above in the same language. A student who enrolls in the first-year sequence will have an 8-13 hour requirement. 

Courses taught in English such as CHIN 3301 CHIN 3306 CHIN 3310 CHIN 4301 CHIN 4306 FREN 2390 ; GERM 2312 , GERM 2313 ; ITAL 2315 , ITAL 3390 ; SPAN 2300 , SPAN 2390 , SPAN 3390 , SPAN 3391 , SPAN 3392 ; and RUSN 2304 , RUSN 3301 , RUSN 3302 , RUSN 4301 , RUSN 4302  may not be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement for any bachelor’s degree.

Foreign language courses 1502, 1507, or 1508 are prerequisites for courses 2301, 2303, or 2607; a minimum grade of B in SPAN 1502, 1507, or 1508 is required to enroll in SPAN 2607. All first- and second-year courses are sequential and should be taken in their proper order beginning with 1301, 1501, 1507, or 1508 and progressing up through 2302, 2304, or 2607. If credit is earned for 1507, no credit will be awarded for 1501 and/or 1502. Students with two years of high school Chinese, French, German, or Spanish are required to enroll in 1507.

Successful completion of lower-numbered courses or equivalent competency is a prerequisite for enrollment in higher-numbered courses. For example, 2302 or its equivalent is a prerequisite for enrolling in a junior-level course, and completion of at least 3 hours at the junior level is a prerequisite for enrolling in a senior-level course.

Upper-level courses allow students to pursue their particular interests in language, culture, and literature.

Teacher Education. For purposes of certification, teaching fields are offered in French, German, and Spanish. The standard program requires 24-27 hours at the 2000-level and above, which must include 9 hours of 4000-level courses in the specific language (12 hours in German). Students seeking secondary certification in French and Spanish must complete LING 4311  (offered fall semesters only) as part of the teaching field, preferably before their student teaching. Students seeking bilingual education endorsement, ESL endorsement, or secondary certification in French, German, or Spanish should consult with advisors in the College of Education and in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures.

Students who plan to become high school teachers should minor in secondary education. They will be required to take EDSE 4000  for their student teaching experience. Please see a College of Education advisor to complete a certification plan.

Placement and Credit by Examination. Students at Texas Tech University may attempt credit by examination for degree credit during their freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years. Students can get more information on the credit by examination tests, including CLEP, at the Academic Testing Center in West Hall. The student is responsible for taking the tests early enough to allow sufficient time for scores to be reported to the university and processed by the Office of the Registrar, which in the case of Arts & Sciences degrees is generally two semesters prior to the semester of graduation. Arts & Sciences degrees require the successful completion of 6 hours at the sophomore level or above in a single language. Therefore, Arts & Sciences students who wish to attempt credit by examination for degree credit in a language other than English should do so before or during their freshman year. In this way, students will have time to complete their language requirement within four years if they do not succeed in earning credit by examination. Seniors must notify their academic dean’s office prior to attempting credit by examination and provide proof of notification upon registering for an exam at Academic Testing Services.

Departmental Placement Exams. Students who have taken at least two years of high school Spanish or who are heritage speakers of Spanish are eligible to take SPAN 1507  OR take the Spanish Placement Exam to attempt to bypass SPAN 1507  and move directly into SPAN 2301 , SPAN 2302 , SPAN 2303 , SPAN 2304 , or SPAN 2607 . The SPLEX exam is optional. Students who choose not to take the exam may begin with SPAN 1507 . For placement exam information, go to www.depts.ttu.edu/classic_modern/spanish/PlacementExam.php.

ASL and Latin offer non-credit placement exams. For information, contact Carla Burrus, carla.burrus@ttu.edu

Diplôme de Français Professionnel (Affaires) B1 (French diploma for Business Professionals at the Advanced intermediary level of the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris). The “Diplôme de Français Professionnel des Affaires B1” is addressed to students, trainees and professionals who have obtained a good level in French applied to the acts of communication in companies and who wish, in a professional point of view, to confirm their knowledge by an official diploma adapted to the requirements of the professional world. This exam is prepared in FREN 3306  and FREN 4304 .

For information, contact Dr. Carole Edwards, carole.edwards@ttu.edu


Graduate Program

For information on graduate programs offered by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, visit the Graduate Programs  section.

Undergraduate Program Offerings, Course Descriptions & Curricular Tables

(Click on program for curricular table.)


    Bachelor’sUndergraduate MinorUndergraduate Certificate


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