Department of Global Languages and Cultures

The Department of Global Languages and Cultures (GLAC) brings together faculty with research and teaching expertise in linguistic, cultural, literary, language, and media studies. We are the place for languages at Texas A&M: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. We have dynamic faculty and curricula in the areas of Hispanic Studies, Modern Languages, Classics, Religious Studies, Africana Studies, Jewish Studies, and Global Studies. The department is dedicated to fostering cultural understanding and global engagement through the discovery, dissemination, and translation of knowledge. We are at the forefront of university efforts to prepare students for a globally interconnected future and to educate global citizens and future leaders. Our faculty are consistently recognized for teaching excellence and personalized attention to student needs. 

The department offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Classics, Modern Languages (French, German, or Russian), and Spanish. The development of linguistic and cultural proficiency is at the core of all of these programs. Students from throughout the university can minor in the various language areas: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. We also offer minors in Africana Studies, Asian Studies, Hispanic Studies for Community Engagement, Spanish for the Health Professions, Classical Studies, Religious Studies, Jewish Studies, and Comparative Cultural Studies. Our programs give students a combination of measurable language proficiency and a global perspective that will serve both their professional and personal ambitions.

Required Foreign Language Placement Test

Incoming students who intend to enroll for the first time in any language course at Texas A&M University, who have previous knowledge, however acquired, of the language in which they plan to enroll, and who have no college credit in the language, must take the departmental placement examination to determine the appropriate course for their level of ability. The placement test also serves as a basis for credit by examination. The placement examination will be administered by the department during freshman conferences along with other credit by exam tests. The test will also be offered during Fall and Spring semesters. Students who take the Advanced Placement (AP) test or other acceptable tests which grant college-level credit in their foreign language of choice do not have to take the required departmental placement test. In this case, the AP and Achievement test results may be used for placement.

International students whose native language is not English are exempted from satisfying the University foreign language requirement. These students are not allowed to register in those courses in their native language that are used to fulfill that requirement.