The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures encourages an understanding of different cultures and ensures all students who graduate from St. Edward's University are proficient in a modern language.

We are dedicated to advancing students' proficiency in modern language and providing an opportunity for students and the university community to experience different cultures. As part of our university's dedication to creating a globally conscious community, we help to inspire students' interests in travel and study abroad. 

Students who pursue a major within the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures can choose from Spanish or French. We also offer minors in Spanish, French, and German. Courses may be offered in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Learning other languages enables students who are interested in international business, foreign relations, government and public service to pursue careers which require international interaction. 

We also oversee the language graduation requirements for all students, which means helping students get to level II proficiency in a modern language. The only exception to this requirement is for students who graduate from high school in another country where the language of instruction was not English. If you have questions about fulfilling the modern language requirement, contact Natacha Martin, Assistant to the Dean in the School of Humanities.

Modern Language Requirement

As of the 2014-2015 bulletin, students are required to have credit for one class at the language II level or higher to meet the modern language general education requirement.

You can satisfy this requirement by:
  • Taking level I and level II of a modern language 
  • Placing into level II and completing the level II class
  • Using CLEP, IB, or AP language credit to prove level I and/or level II proficiency 
  • How Do I Go Straight to Level 2, 3, or 4 of Language? 

You need to either take a placement exam or receive credit based on your scores on Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and/or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams. The CLEP Exam is offered in French, German, or Spanish, and is available to take at either St. Edward's University or off campus at other testing locations.

Modern Language Placement Exams

These exams are given at freshman orientation. If you did not take the exam at orientation, you should email Natacha Martin (natacham [at] to schedule an exam time. Credit is not given for taking the placement exam. The only way to receive credit is to take the required courses or earn credit from the above exams.

Faculty & Staff

Student Organizations

American Sign Language Club (ASL Club)

This club's purpose is to educate the university community about deaf culture and ASL through lessons, events, and community involvement. ASL Club aims to create awareness for ASL as a recognized culture on campus.

Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO)

Working alongside the National Association for Bilingual Education and The Texas Association for Bilingual Education, B.E.S.O promotes bilingual and bi-cultural education on our campus and in the Austin community.

Club de Français (French Club)

This club was created to reflect the university's French heritage. Our university's French community is always growing, and many of our students benefit from this exchange.

El Circulo de Espanol (Spanish Club)

This club brings together students pursuing professions related to Spanish language and culture as they develop professional-level Spanish skills.

Modern Languages Living Learning Community (Modern Languages LLC)

This Living Learning Community is for students who want to practice language skills, are passionate about foreign film, fashion or cuisine, or who want to immerse in the culture of another country.

Portuguese Speakers Group (PSG)

The purpose of this group is to practice the Portuguese language, to make new friends and also to get to know each other's culture. You're welcome to join us!

Chinese Club (CC)

Introduces Chinese culture and foods.

Other Languages Offered


The Arabic language is spoken by almost 200 million people in the world and is the predominant language in nineteen countries. Arabic is also the language of the Qur’an, the holy text for a billion Muslims world wide. Now is the time for Americans to learn about Arabs and the Muslim world, and the best way to start is through the language. In the beginning Arabic language course, you will learn to read and write Arabic script and learn to conduct simple conversations in Arabic.

Contact: Dr. Aman Attieh at amana [at]


China is one of the fastest growing countries in the world, and approximately 1.3 billion people speak Chinese. While we move toward a more global environment in business and culture, it would only make sense to understand a language that will play an integral part of the future.

Contact: Mrs. Bonny Yu at saz8833 [at]


There are approximately 130 million people that speak Japanese in the world. Japan is a major economic power with the second largest economy and an important player in International Relations. Learning the Japanese language would be beneficial for those interested in global business.

Contact: Dr. Maeri Megumi at mmegumi [at]

Conversation Opportunities

You can find students in the St. Edward's University community who speak other languages and are willing to help you practice your language skills on campus by using our directory of participants. If you are taking a modern language course, you may also participate in a language scavenger hunt, where you ask specific questions of participating people, find out the answer and get extra credit for class.