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Languages and Linguistics Degrees

Acquiring foreign language skills can provide a distinct advantage in the workplace or with post-graduate studies. The Department of Languages and Linguistics provides students the foreign language proficiency and cultural awareness necessary to succeed in an integrated world community. The department offers a major in Spanish and minors in French and Spanish. A certificate may be obtained in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic or Portuguese. The certificate program allows students the option of gaining academic recognition for their foreign language work short of completing a major or minor.

Small class size, individual attention, a state-of-the-art foreign language laboratory and study abroad opportunities characterize UT's programs. The Language Learning Center assists students through use of the latest in technology – high-speed Internet, international TV channels, video conferencing and more. The center is available for classroom and individual work and offers an array of foreign-language media.

All foreign language students are encouraged to participate in international study and travel experiences. Excellent programs are available throughout Europe and Latin America. Language professors have led study abroad groups to Costa Rica, Cuba, France, Italy, Mexico, Peru and Spain. Semester- and year-long programs are also available.

Programs

Major:
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish - Provides a strong liberal arts background and helps students attain proficiency in the language and an understanding of the history and culture of Spain and Latin America. The program is designed to give students options for graduate studies in language, professional schools, teaching and other careers.
Minors:
Minor in French - Recommended for those students majoring in another program, but who are interested in attaining proficiency in the language and an understanding of French culture. Twenty-four semester hours of 200-level courses or higher are required for a minor (FRE 250 does not count toward the minor).

Minor in Spanish - Recommended for those students majoring in another program, but who are interested in attaining proficiency in the language and an understanding of Spanish and Latin American culture. Twenty-four semester hours of 200-level courses or higher are required for a minor (SPA 250/251 does not count toward the minor).

Minor in Asian Studies - The minor in Asian Studies focuses on the history, culture and politics of East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. It provides students with an understanding of the interdisciplinary field of Asian Studies. The minor helps prepare students for careers in business, government and nonprofit/non-governmental organizations, and is designed to enhance the marketability of those applying to law schools, MBA programs and graduate schools in various disciplines.

Minor in Latin American Studies
- The Latin American studies minor is designed to internationalize a number of existing majors by introducing students to the history, culture, politics and economics of Latin America and the Caribbean from an interdisciplinary perspective. This program helps students prepare for careers in government, business, academia and non-governmental organizations, as well as for graduate school in multiple disciplines.
 
Applied Linguistics Minor - The minor in Applied Linguistics provides students with interdisciplinary opportunities to study a wide range of practical and theoretical applications of language studies which includes second and foreign language teaching and learning as well as TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Certificate Programs

A certificate may be obtained in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic or Portuguese by successful completion of 16 credit hours in the language at the 100 level or higher and in conjunction with a bachelor’s degree. At least eight credits must be completed at The University of Tampa. Students who wish to pursue a certificate in their native language may not enroll in courses below the 300 level. Courses in American Sign Language, Latin and Linguistics are also offered.