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The University of Texas at Arlington
Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Graduate Catalog 2004-2006
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     Note: This Catalog is superseded by the 2005-2006 Catalog.

Department of Modern Languages

department web page: langlab.uta.edu/
department contact: langlab.uta.edu/about_department.htm
graduate web page:
graduate contact:


A. Raymond Elliott
230 Hammond Hall

Admission Standards | Degree Requirements | Courses: MODL, FREN, SPAN

Areas of Study and Degrees

Masters of Arts in Modern Languages
(French; Spanish)

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis, Thesis Substitute and Non-Thesis

Graduate Advisor

Toni Sol
310 Hammond, 817.272.5531

Graduate Faculty

Associate Professors

Elliott, Israel-Pelletier, Rings, Sol, van Noort

Assistant Professors

Choi, Iñiguez-Becerra, Kania, Rojas-Auda

Professors Emeritus

Acker, Keilstrup, Studerus, Viña

Specialist/LAC Director



Modern Languages (French; Spanish)

Graduate programs in modern languages are designed to enhance students' competence in the language and literature of their major language field. Specific objectives are to prepare students for a career in teaching or in any area in private or public life in which knowledge of a modern language is essential and to help them develop the techniques of independent research necessary for work beyond the master's level.

Admission Standards

In compliance with HB 1641, the U.T. Arlington Department of Modern Languages does not use unwritten criteria, it does not assign a specific weight to any one factor being considered, and it does not use standardized tests (i.e., the GRE) in the admissions or competitive fellowship or scholarship process as the sole criterion for consideration or as the primary criterion to end consideration of an applicant to the M.A. program. However, the GRE is required and it is used as a criterion, without specific weight, in the Department's evaluation of candidates for admission to programs at each of three levels: Unconditional, Provisional, and Probationary Admission.

The Department wishes to be as thorough and fair as possible in evaluating applicants for admission. It recognizes that some applicants may appear to be stronger according to some criteria than according to other criteria. When an applicant does not completely meet the minimum expectations for Unconditional Admission, the Department considers the applicant for possible Provisional or Probationary Admission. When the applicant is not granted any of the three levels of admission, the decision may be deferred or the application is denied. We do not wish to exclude a qualified and potentially successful candidate who perhaps has approached but not met all the criteria completely. However, we do not wish to admit candidates who, based on the criteria, are deemed to have a poor chance of successfully completing the graduate program.

Unconditional Admission

The criteria for admission below are used, without specific weights, as positive indicators of potential success in the program. All four criteria for unconditional admission must be met in order to receive unconditional admission.

[1] A student with a bachelor's degree in a field other than Spanish may become an unconditionally admitted graduate student after fulfilling the upper level requirements in the language:
18 hours of upper level Spanish, or
a combination of coursework and testing.
(A person with a bachelor's degree in a major other than Spanish must have the equivalent of 18 hours of upper level Spanish in order to become a master's student. The equivalency may take one of the following forms: A student may obtain 18 hours at the 3000 and 4000 level, or s/he may attempt to test out of nine hours of grammar, composition, and conversation. If a student tests out of grammar, composition, and conversation, s/he must take nine hours of literature, in order to demonstrate ability to do literary studies).

[2] Under specific circumstances the GRE may be waived for those who received their B.A. from U.T. Arlington. See GRE Waiver or Advanced Admission. International students must also take the TOEFL test and score 550 on the paper-and-pencil test or 213 on the computerized test, in order to qualify for unconditional admission.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Deferred Admission

A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.


Fellowships, when available, will be awarded on a competitive basis. Nominees for the Graduate School Master's Fellowship in Modern Languages will be selected based on the following criteria:

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistantships are available for graduate students in the Department of Modern Languages. Graduate students who obtain teaching assistantships are required to take MODL 5305 Methods of MLT unless they are in the Dual Language Program.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate School requirements for Master's degree programs, the following requirements apply in the Department of Modern Languages:

Thesis: A written comprehensive examination may be given at the discretion of the student's committee.

Thesis Substitute: There will be a comprehensive examination on the coursework and appropriate reading list. An oral defense of the thesis substitute may be required at the discretion of the student's supervising committee. At least 30 hours must be in coursework.

Non-thesis: There will be a comprehensive written examination on the coursework and an appropriate reading list.

Modern Languages (French; Spanish)

Those wishing to major in a modern language or literature must upon admission have a baccalaureate degree with a major in that modern language or have a minimum of 18 advanced hours, or the equivalent in language proficiency and course content.

A knowledge of a second foreign language will be required, including listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as demonstrated by the successful completion of two semesters of coursework at the second-year level, MODL 5301, or by an appropriate examination. MODL 5310 is required.

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Courses in Modern Languages (MODL)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes. Please refer to www.uta.edu/schedule for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

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