Why do Spanish and UTEP make the perfect match? First, because of our strategic position on the U.S./Mexico border, in the world's largest bi-national metropolitan area. Second, because we are the largest Mexican American majority university in the country and third, because UTEP's unique multicultural setting is mirrored in El Paso's78% Hispanic population. So studying Spanish at UTEP definitely makes perfect sense! But it also makes sense in a national context, for the linguistic map of the United States shows that Spanish is the second most-spoken language in the country and our Hispanic population now tops 50 million. What's more, Spanish is the third most-spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese and English, and globally, it is the mother tongue of approximately 350 million people!

Spanish language studies at UTEP reflect this growing importance of the Spanish-speaking world--right here on the US/Mexico border, nationally and world-wide. Our basic language program allows students to fulfill their language requirement for the College of Liberal Arts and for some majors in other UTEP colleges. Our basic language courses are organized in two distinct tracks: one for Heritage speakers and the other for non-Spanish speakers. For students who want to further their language skills, the Department of Languages and Linguistics offers upper-division language courses; for an on-site language experience, students can study abroad The Department of Languages and Linguistics has its own specially designed and very successful Maymester program for UTEP students in Sevilla, Spain

Degrees in Spanish

The Spanish Program offers both a B.A. degree in Spanish and an M.A. degree in Spanish.  For information about either of these programs, click on the appropriate link below.

The B.A. in Spanish

The M.A. in Spanish