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New Mexico State University

2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog


Languages and Linguistics

Professor Glenn W. Fetzer, department head

Professors Fouillade, Garcia, MacGregor-Mendoza, Pollack, Villa; Associate Professors Herrera, WaltemireAssistant Professors Deshors, Moreno; College Professor Longwell; College Associate Professor Buchenau, ; College Assistant Professors Pedersen, Zollner

phone: (575) 646-3408

website: http://www.nmsu.edu/~langling/

French Course Descriptions

German Course Descriptions

Linguistics Course Descriptions

Portuguese Course Descriptions

Spanish Course Descriptions


Programs of study in the Department of Languages and Linguistics prepare students for a diverse number of professions and provide them with critical skills that compliment many careers in an increasingly interdependent and global marketplace. Students also increase their awareness of the important role language plays in human interaction on individual and global levels.

The major curriculum plans in each language include balanced groups of courses in language, linguistics, literature and culture. Students may choose to major, double major or minor in French, German or Spanish. 

College Second Language Requirement

To meet the second language requirement, the student must do one of the following:

  • Non-Heritage language speakers should complete the normal language course sequence: 111, 112, 211, 212. Students should enter the sequence at their proficiency level. Heritage language speakers should complete the 113, 213, 214 sequence. Students who successfully complete either SPAN 113 or SPAN 213 or SPAN 214 may not take SPAN 111, SPAN112, SPAN211 or SPAN212 for credit.
  • Challenge the 212 level of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, or Spanish, or the 214 level of Portuguese, or Spanish for Heritage Speakers.
  • Obtain college certification of completion of three consecutive years of one second language at the high school level with a grade of C- or higher.
  • Obtain, from the head of the Department of Languages and Linguistics, certification of a working knowledge of a second language if such language is not taught at New Mexico State University. The student must demonstrate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in the language at a minimum of the 212 or equivalent level through examination.
  • Obtain certification of a working knowledge of a Native American language from the American Indian program director or as attested by a Native American Elder.
  • Pass an upper-division course (numbered 300 or above- does not include directed reading, independent study, practicum or Viewing a Wider World courses) taught in a second language by the Department of Languages and Linguistics.
  • Pass C D 476, American Sign Language III with a grade of C- or better
  • In the case of a foreign student who is required to take the TOEFL exam, the dean will automatically waive the second language requirement if the student scores 500 or above or the equivalent.
  • ESL or English language may not be used to fulfill the language requirement.
  • Students should satisfy the language requirement as soon as possible and take the necessary courses in the sequence indicated by the advisor.