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The Department of Literature and Languages offers you a variety of degree plans which prepare you for written and linguistic expertise in English or Spanish.

What sets the department apart is our insistence that whatever form it may take, discourse is discourse. Our programs encourage you to explore traditional texts alongside community writing, multimedia projects, public rhetoric, children’s and adolescent literature, creative writing, professional writing, linguistics principals and the digital humanities. A degree in English or Spanish prepares you for a variety of careers within and outside of academia.

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Applied Linguistics (MA/MS) TESOL Emphasis

As a student in the Applied Linguistics program, you will engage in cutting-edge pedagogical and research strategies with others who are pursuing careers in teaching English to speakers of other languages. Whether you choose this field as a primary or complementary discipline, this program will prepare you for a variety of careers including teaching at the university level or teaching English as a second language abroad.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

2 Years

Foreign Language

Required for MA, Optional for MS

Delivery Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

30 to 36 Hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

Communication Studies (BA/BS)

The Communication Studies program produces graduates who understand and can solve communication problems, making them uniquely qualified to contribute to the growth and betterment of any team.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

Required for BA not BS

Delivery Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Education (BA/BS) Bilingual or ESL Emphasis

Develop in-depth understanding of multicultural learning environments and learn to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students with our interdisciplinary studies bachelor’s degree program. If you seek to become a bilingual teacher, who provides instruction in both Spanish and English, this program requires Spanish literacy. If you seek to become an ESL teacher, who provides instruction in English, you do not need foreign language literacy.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Corsicana (Navarro College), McKinney (CHEC), Mesquite, Online
Duration

4 Years

Foreign Language

Foreign Language Required for Bilingual Majors

Delivery 40-50% Online, Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

English (BA)

This 120 hour program is flexible and accommodates students with a wide variety of interests and career goals.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

Required

Delivery Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

English (BA) Teaching Emphasis

This program offers three specialized tracks all designed to immerse you in the world of English and equip you to pass on your knowledge to the next generation of writers.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

12 Hours

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

English (MA/MS)

Our Master of Arts in English is designed for students who, upon completion, demonstrate a foreign language proficiency while the Master of Science in English is for students without foreign language focus.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

2 Years

Foreign Language

Foreign language required for MA

Delivery Blended (50-85% Online), Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

30-36 Hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

English (PHD)

The Ph.D. in English is designed for students wishing to teach in community or four-year colleges and universities. It stresses both substantive knowledge of the various divisions within the field of English and an extensive introduction to the profession, including classroom teaching, tutoring and computer-assisted instruction. The degree requires that each candidate serve as a teaching assistant.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

4 to 5 Years

Foreign Language

Foreign language optional

Delivery 40-50% Online, Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

60 Hours

Thesis Requirements

Dissertation Required

Legal Studies Minor

The legal studies minor gives students the benefit of a multi-disciplinary minor with rigorous courses intended to improve their ability to get into law school and help them to succeed once there. The reason for this is that not only do law schools consider undergraduate GPA in admission decisions—they also consider the quality of the undergraduate courses taken by a candidate. The minor in legal studies is available to any student in any major who is considering law school upon graduation from A&M-Commerce.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

1 year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

18 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Professional Advancement in English Studies Graduate Certificate

The Professional Advancement in English Studies Graduate Certificate provides students with the necessary English hours for students who wish to teach dual-credit or college-level courses in a field other than English. Students who pursue this certificate should already have a bachelor’s, master’s or PHD in a discipline other than English.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

1-1.5 Years

Foreign Language

Foreign language optional

Delivery Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

18 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No Thesis required

Spanish (BA)

The undergraduate Spanish program is dedicated to the study of languages and literatures of Latin America, Spain and the United States. The department offers a wide range and variety of courses, including beginners, intermediate and advanced courses in Spanish language and culture as well as courses designed for heritage speakers and native speakers.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Mesquite, Online
Duration

4 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Spanish (BA) Teaching Emphasis

Our program encourages and equips Spanish educators. No matter your proficiency level, we have language courses designed for you. You’ll study the history, politics, social structures and traditions of Spain and Latin America. Our combined Spanish and teaching program prepares you for the high school classroom. You’ll take courses in methods for teaching Spanish, issues in Spanish literature and culture, and Hispanic linguistics. After graduating, you’ll be certified to teach Spanish at the secondary level (grades 7-12).

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

1 to 1.5 Years

Foreign Language

Foreign language credits or testing required

Delivery Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

36 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Spanish (MA)

The main goals of this degree program are to prepare Spanish language professionals who will become language instructors in high schools and/or community colleges, and to provide a strong foundation in Spanish literature and linguistics for those interested in pursuing a PhD in the areas of Spanish literature or Hispanic linguistics. Some of the classes we offer include: foreign language methodology, advanced writing, children’s literature, and Spanish and Latin American literature and cinema.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language requirements

Delivery Blended (50-85% Online), Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

30-36 hours

Thesis Requirements

Thesis and non-thesis options available

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Graduate Certificate

This certificate is ideal for students who either already hold a completed graduate degree or are actively in the process of earning a graduate degree and wish to earn this certificate in conjunction with their degree. In addition to the enhanced professional status that the Certificate in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) brings, this Certificate will enable the holder to meet the 18-hour SACS requirement to teach at the College level.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1 year

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

18 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Minor

Become specialized in bilingual education. You’ll the foundation of bilingual/ESL education and how to assess, create and deliver specialized content for bilingual students. It is highly recommended for you to know Spanish.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1 to 1.5 Years

Foreign Language

No Foreign Language Requirement

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

18 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Women’s & Gender Studies Graduate Certificate and Minor

The Graduate Minor and Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies provide the opportunity for students to focus on the interdisciplinary study of issues that shape and define our understandings of masculinity, femininity and sexuality. The study of gender enhances knowledge of the global world historically and across cultures.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

1 to 1.5 Years

Foreign Language

No Foreign Language Requirement

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

12 Hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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The Department of Literature and Languages is a multidisciplinary department with programs in English, linguistics, foreign languages, and philosophy, and affords opportunities to the student for academic enrichment through diverse offerings and an international faculty.

Courses in the Department of Literature and Languages improve the reading, writing, and analytical skills of students, offer insight into the use and structure of language, develop an understanding and appreciation of literature, and explore film as an art from. The programs offered for non-teaching majors are designed to prepare students to enter graduate study; or as basic preparation for professions such as law, publishing, ministry, broadcasting, government, advertising, free-lance writing, creative writing, and business. The programs prepare students to write effectively, to think and read critically and analytically, and to understand cultural and social differences.

Dr. Hunter Hayes
Department Head and Associate Professor
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  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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