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The department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Arizona offers students a comprehensive liberal arts education and provides them with a body of knowledge and the analytical skills necessary to undertake linguistics, cultural and literary investigations.

The University of Arizona boasts one of the largest Spanish & Portuguese departments in the country. As one of the first UA departments to develop a heritage learners program, the Spanish and Portuguese Department offers a stimulating environment where students can grow and learn. Study programs allow students the opportunity to perfect their language skills so that they are able to...

Degree Options:
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
    • Hispanic Literature; Language and Linguistics; Portuguese; or Translation and Interpretation
  • Minor
    • Spanish or Portuguese
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
    • Hispanic Literature or Linguistics
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
    • Hispanic Literature or Linguistics
The University of Arizona is home to a premier department of Russian & Slavic Studies and offers the only graduate program in Russian in the greater Southwest region.

The Department of Russian and Slavic Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Russian. It provides instruction designed to develop competence in the Russian language, awareness of cultural traditions, and an understanding of literature and the arts. All Russian conversation courses are oriented toward developing proficiency skills as determined by nationally recognized proficiency...

Degree Options:
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
    • Traditional Language, Literature, and Culture; Culture-intensive; and Heritage
  • Minor
  • Master of Arts
    • Language, Literature, and Linguistics; Russian and East European Studies
The Religious Studies Program prepares students to engage intelligently with the religiously diverse cultures of the United States and societies around the world.

The Religious Studies major provides students with a broad understanding of human diversity, the complexities of social and cultural systems of thought, and the human pursuit of meaning. Combined with core academic skills in written and oral communication, the Religious Studies major prepares students to become independent thinkers and problem solvers in the twenty-first century.

Degree Options:
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
    • Religious Studies for Health Professionals; Asian Religions; Religion in the Americas; Mediterranean-European Religious Heritage; and Biblical Texts and Contexts
  • Minor
The Italian Program in the School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers a diverse curriculum that includes courses on Italian language, literature, culture, cinema, and folklore — and it is home to the largest number of Italian majors in the country.
Degree Options:
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
    • Italian Language and Literature; or Italian Studies
  • Minor
    • Italian Language and Literature; or Italian Studies
The Writing Skills Improvement Program (WSIP) was established over 30 years ago in order to help students at the University of Arizona improve their writing skills and achieve academic success.

Our program has a carefully selected staff of expert and committed instructional specialists/professional tutors. These writing coaches work one-on-one with students, staff, and faculty across all majors and degree programs. WSIP also offers regular writing workshops, custom workshops, and summer writing institutes.

The Critical Languages Program offers less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) which are not available in traditional departments or formats at the University of Arizona.

CLP is a unit of the College of Humanities and is affiliated with the National Association of Self-Instructional Language Programs (NASILP). The national professional and accrediting association is headquartered at the University of Arizona. Standards and procedures for the design and administration of self-instructional language acquisition have been established by NASILP.

The University of Arizona School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SILLC) is a federation of departments and programs in the College of Humanities.

Double majors and dual degrees in SILLC are provided with knowledge and an increased understanding of the international landscapes and wide diversity of world cultures, languages, and literatures. Students may complete a double major, dual degree, or thematic minor one of SILLC's eight disciplines and most other majors/degrees offered on campus in all colleges.

Degree Options:
  • Africana Studies, Classics, East Asian Studies, French, German Studies, Italian, Religious Studies, Russian & Slavic Studies
The French and Francophone Studies Program in the School of International Languages, Literatures and Cultures is a diverse community of students, scholars, and friends. It is an intensive program for the study of French language and Francophone culture.
Degree Options:
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
    • French Language, Literature, & Cultures; or French & Francophone Studies
  • Minor
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
    • French Literature and Culture; Teaching French as a Foreign Language; Francophone Studies; Secondary Teaching Certification; or Professional M.A. options
Founded in 1979, The National Center for Interpretation Testing, Research and Policy (NCI) at The University of Arizona is dedicated to ensuring language access to Limited-English Persons.

We offer a variety of services, including interpreter training and testing in both the legal and medical fields, and self-study materials to ensure interpreters reach a level of excellence required by the field. NCI also offers translation and conference interpretation services, as well as customized language-access plans for schools, hospitals and any organization looking to ensure the rights...

The Department of East Asian Studies is dedicated to the study of the cultures and languages of China and Japan. The rich cultural heritages of the region are covered by courses in literature, history, society, religion and thought, linguistics and other aspects of culture.
Degree Options:
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
    • Language-intensive or culture-intensive
  • Minor
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
    • Chinese Studies; Japanese Studies; or General East Asian Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
    • Concentration in Japanese or Chinese Studies
"Poetry is the food of the spirit, and spirit is the instigator and flow of all revolutions.” Since its inception, the Poetry Center has strived to live up to these words from founder Ruth Stephan. With nearly 70,000 items related to poetry in its collection, the Poetry Center is a living archive, a place where the spirit of poetry has served members of the community just like you for over 50 years.

Within this single space you will find opportunities to enjoy readings and lectures, classes and workshops, library exhibitions, field trips, K–12 educational resources, discussion groups, or just a quiet place to sit and read a book. It is, as beloved teacher and friend Steve Orlen said, “The best living room in America for reading poetry.” Welcome; we hope you stay awhile and return often....

The University of Arizona is home to an internationally renowned program in Africana Studies. The program equips future leaders with critical thinking and communication skills that are in high demand in any profession.

The Africana Studies Program at the University of Arizona prepares future leaders of a global and diverse economy from North and Latin America to Africa and Europe. It offers an interdisciplinary major, a minor in hip-hop cultures, and a variety of internships and study abroad opportunities. The program embraces new technologies and is a leader in online offerings and digital humanities.

Degree Options:
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
    • African American History, Culture, and Aesthetics; Performance, Media, and Digital Africana Studies; or Comparative Global African Diaspora
  • Minor
"CESL teachers and students actively cooperate with each other. CESL helps students adjust to life and culture as well as improve language skills.” —Yeong Sik Ohn, Korea

Since the fall of 1970, when the University of Sonora in Hermosillo sent 22 engineers to the UA to perfect their English language skills before beginning their graduate degrees in the College of Engineering, CESL has trained thousands of undergraduate and graduate students from nearly 100 countries for academic study at the University of Arizona. As a self-funding unit, CESL strategically...

The Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL) is one of sixteen Title VI Language Resource Centers across the U.S. funded by the US Department of Education.

Housed in the College of Humanities and working with faculty there and in other colleges across campus, we research culture, language and literacy in all its forms, focusing upon less commonly taught languages (LCTLs). We also provide educators with teaching resources and opportunities for meaningful professional development.

The Department of German Studies in the School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers an exciting curriculum that fosters students' linguistic and cultural competence. Students are immersed in German language, literatures, and culture.

The Department of German Studies at the University of Arizona is designated as a German Center of Excellence by the American Association of Teachers of German.

Degree Options:
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Minor
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
    • Literature, Culture, and Pedagogy; Translation Studies; German Studies with Secondary Teaching Certificate; or Professional M.A. options
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
    • Dual or joint degree with the UA and the University of Leipzig
One of the most prestigious degrees at the University of Arizona, Classics boasts a high number of top-performing graduates in a wide variety of professions.

The field of Classics examines the languages and literatures, art, cultures, history, and material remains of the ancient Mediterranean world from approximately 3000 B.C.E. to approximately 500 C.E., with particular emphasis on the civilizations of Greece and Rome and their reciprocal relations with the surrounding societies of the Near East, Egypt, North Africa, and Western Europe. This field...

Degree Options:
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
    • Classical Civilization, Greek, or Latin
  • Minor
  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
    • Ancient History, Classical Archaeology, Classical Philology, Latin Pedagogy, or Latin Philology
The Humanities Seminars Program offers the community a wide range of classes from astronomy to archeology and from Shakespeare to film noir.

The Seminars have been one of the university’s most successful self-supporting functions.  Enrollments have grown to the point where classes are now offered year-round. During its 32-year history, 304 not-for-credit seminars have been offered to close to 17,000 community members.

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