Language and Literature




English program on the course catalog

The English Program is to educate undergraduate students in the analysis and interpretation of literature and literary criticism in English, critical reading and research practices, writing, and rhetoric, in order to better prepare emerging writers and educators to be critical and ethical citizens in a complex, dynamic, and global society.

The English Program offers an exciting curriculum with lots of scheduling flexibility so that students can choose the courses they find interesting. Our faculty specialize in prison literature, disability studies, postcolonial literatures from around the world, Shakespeare, Chican/x and Latin/x literatures, and digital humanities. For those students interested in rhetoric and composition, you can take classes in style and stylistics, technical writing, and professional communication. Students can also take creative writing courses, and the department organizes creative writing workshops with noted writers every semester.

English, B.A.

English, B.A. with Teaching Certificate

Spanish program on the course catalog

The Spanish Program provides skills to meet the challenges of your future. Let us guide you through an educational experience designed to meet the needs of your professional career. Develop writing, communication, and language skills while researching the cultural history of South Texas. Join the Spanish Legacy Project as we explore the vast richness of the Hispanic community of the region, or get involved with the Hispanic Honor Society in developing networks for success.

If you are able to communicate in Spanish you may take a written and oral examination to determine your level and advance into the Spanish Fast-Track B.A. or B.S. program. You can decide to take courses tailored to your primary degree plan in order to maximize your potential receive up to 12 credits and finish your degree by completing 4 advanced level courses in Spanish. Both programs provide students with essential professional skills like critical and analytical thinking, cultural awareness, communication, and research.

Spanish, B.A.

Spanish, B.A. with Teaching Certificate


Cultural Studies

The Master of Arts in Cultural Studies program provides students from different disciplinary backgrounds the opportunity to pursue their research interests in literary and cultural studies relevant to their lives in English or Spanish. Students can earn their graduate degree with a concentration in English or Spanish. Completing a concentration in English or Spanish will allow you to teach college-level courses as well as dual enrollment classes in that discipline. The program is offered completely online. You can also choose between the Thesis option or the Non-thesis option (Course-only).

Cultural Studies, M.A.