The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers B.A. and M.A. degrees in Spanish and a B.A. degree in Modern Language Studies with a concentration in French, German, Japanese, and Russian. In addition, students can complete a Minor in all the above languages, as well as in Comparative Literature, Foreign Languages (Italian and Japanese), East Asian Studies and Linguistics. Skills-development courses are offered in all languages with a Major or Minor, and in Korean and Chinese. The department also offers courses in Media Studies, which allow students to put into practice their theoretical studies in the humanities.

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Student Success in Modern Language and Literatures

The students and alumni of the UTSA Department of Modern Language and Literatures achieve remarkable things both during their time in the program and after graduation. Each student contributes uniquely to our department, leaving an indelible mark on our community. Our pride in these extraordinary individuals extends far beyond their tenure with us!

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Layla, English/Spanish translator in Medical Management

I launched a career in English to Spanish Translation in October 2017 after completing a graduate certificate program in Spanish Translation Studies at The University of Texas at San Antonio in May 2016. In December 2020, I completed a graduate certificate program in Linguistics at UTSA.  I am currently working as an English to Spanish translator at a medical management company where I am expanding and refining my translation skills in industry and fundamental business software skills.

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Axa, Fulbright ETA

I am a recent graduate, graduating in the Spring of 23' with a Bachelor's in Spanish and a Minor in Translation and interpretation studies. Through the Honors College at UTSA, I was able to apply to Fulbright as an English teaching assistant in Mexico. Currently, I am an English teaching assistant at a university here. Going to UTSA has helped me out in very different ways from navigating teacher-student interactions to creating lessons and activities with my students. Since I majored in Spanish I have always thought of possibly one day becoming a teacher so there are things I learned from the teachers who instructed me from how they planned out their classrooms to how they taught their classes and now it has helped me in being a teacher. As a teaching assistant, I help teachers work on lesson plans, and even teach a few classes. I have worked with topics from English literature, grammar, and syntax, and even instructed in classes that focus on becoming a teacher and what that entails.

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Mateja, Senior Security and Operations Analyst at Accenture

I received a Bachelors in Global Affairs and Minor in French.  I am currently working at Accenture as a Senior Security and Operations Analyst. After my bachelors, I decided to pursue a double Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy at Schiller International University and University of Roehampton in Paris, France. The two years I spent there were life changing and the degree and learning a new language -- French -- helped me get a job.
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During an upcoming five-week trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, UTSA students will attend classes at the Universidad Autónoma de Benito Juarez de Oaxaca and participate in community-engaged learning programs.

May 15, 2024

Study Abroad at UTSA

UTSA Today highlights the wide variety of study abroad opportunities at the university and within COLFA, including over 20 university-led programs that are taught by dedicated faculty and staff who have the expertise to offer unique academic experiences abroad.

Students on El Camino at the top of a hill

August 24, 2023

Roadrunner Walk Across Spain

(August 25, 2023) This summer five UTSA students spent their summer walking across Spain. Battling heat, blisters, and bad knees, Bella Degarmo (Political Science and Modern Languages), Jaclyn Lerma (Physics and Astronomy), Ashlie Newman (Art), George Salazar (Cybersecurity), and Alana Schwartz (Anthropology) are following step by step in the path of a thousand years-worth of pilgrims to the historic city of Santiago de Compostela.

Pictured: Professor of Instruction, Makiko Fukuda with Japanese Major Student, Rhyn Cai at JLive Talk

December 12, 2022

UTSA Student Takes First Place in National Speech Contest

Published by COLFA

(Washington, DC) UTSA third-year Japanese major student Rhyn Cai is the winner of the 2022 Gold Award at The Japanese Learning Inspired Vision and Engagement Talk (JLive Talk).