Department of Language and Literature


The primary mission of the Department of Language and Literature is to meet the education and research related needs of the diverse cultural populations of the region by exploring global languages and literatures.

We seek to communicate, to describe our surroundings with precision, to move the heart, to explore the ways of knowing, and to discover how culture is encoded through language. We aspire to grow intellectually and to share knowledge and culture with those beyond our four walls.

The department makes a major effort to provide life-long learning opportunities in modern languages including English, Spanish, and French, to residents of all ages and to serve as the linguistic and literary center for the region.

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Degrees We Offer

Important Contact Information

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Roberto Vela Cordova

Freshman English Coordinator: Dr. Jody A. Marin

Dual Credit Coordinator: Dr. Craig A. Meyer

Writing Center Director: Dr. Steven Corbett

Faculty Sponsors

Sigma Tau Delta: Dr. Pamela Wright

Sigma Delta Pi: Mr. Marco Iñiguez Alba

English Club: Katherine Orozco

French Club: Dr. Jacqueline Thomas

Writer's Bloc: Dr. Kenneth Price

Useful Links

University Writing Center

Purdue OWL

Research and Documentation Online

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Français Interactif


 Backals Rare Book Exhibit Flyer

Please join us for the launch of the Ricardo & Debbie Backal Crypto-Judaism Rare Book Collection Exhibit on Friday, September 21 @ 3pm, on the 3rd floor of the Jernigan Library, South Texas Archives

This page was last updated on: January 23, 2019