The Modern Languages Department offers a major and a minor in Spanish Studies and a minor in French Studies for students seeking to develop their communication skills and expand their cultural knowledge in Spanish and French. In addition to the academic program, the Modern Languages Department makes available to students various opportunities to engage in authentic language-learning experiences including Languages Across the Curriculum, Study Abroad, Border Seminars and membership in honorary and service organizations.

Modern Languages programs

Bachelor's Degrees in Modern Languages

  • Major in Spanish Education, EC-12 LOTE (B.S.)
  • Major in Spanish Studies (B.A.)

Minors in Modern Languages

  • French Studies
  • Spanish Studies

Related Programs

Related Courses

  • Language Acquisition
  • Languages Across the Curriculum
View the Course Catalog for degree requirements and courses offered.
Texas Languages Collaboration
Five small independent colleges in Texas (Concordia University of Texas, Lubbock Christian University, Schreiner University, Texas Lutheran University, and Texas Wesleyan University) have partnered to increase the breadth and depth of language offerings available to their students. This partnership allows each institution to develop strength in one language and share their instructional resources with their partners for a combined extensive range of language offerings.

In the 2012-2013 academic year, these colleges began working together to offer three to five language courses with a different institution offering each course. High definition videoconferencing allows for live, virtually face-to-face interaction for students and teachers. Since live interaction will be limited, instructors will supplement instruction with other online curricular resources to provide more contact hours in the target language. The institutions will also partner with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) to explore a number of important research and implementation questions across several dimensions, including academic, logistical, technological, financial and curricular.

Languages offered: French, German, Mandarin, Spanish
Why TLU?
Modern Languages students have the opportunity to deepen their education and social experience with various study abroad programs, including language and cultural immersion. Students can also participate in the Mexican American Student Association (MASA) or national foreign language honor society Alpha Mu Gamma, intern with Teatro de Artes, or practice language skills by visiting local schools, engaging in a city-wide oral history project, or traveling to cultural sites and museums.
Modern Languages Faculty
Ana Maria Gonzalez
Associate Professor of Spanish; Department Chair
Ana Maria Gonzalez was born in Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language and Literature in 1991. From 1992 to 1994 she worked as a Spanish Professor at the School of Language for Foreign Students (CEPE), a part of the National University of Mexico (UNAM). She received her doctoral degree in 2002 from UMass - Amherst.

Dr. Gonzalez worked as Visiting Professor at the University of Dallas from 1999 to 2003. In 2003, she started teaching at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas. She has been collaborating with the Hispanic community and as volunteer in local organizations; she is also a member of several committees dedicated to preserve the history of Hispanics in the area.

Dr. Gonzalez likes photography, poetry, and traveling; she has traveled extensively in Latin America and Europe, and she often participates at international language and literature conferences.

She published her first collection of poems Oquedad in 2010; and also the annotated edition of the epic poem "La Cristiada" by Diego de Hojeda (2011).  In 2012 she reproduced Salome Urena de Henriquez’s first collection of poems from 1880; in addition, she published the anthology "Dejame que te cuente..." Volume I - 2012, Volume II – 2013 and "Seguin Stories - Sam Flores" (2012).

Chris Dickens
Spanish Visiting Professor
Professor Chris Dickens received his M.A. in Spanish from Texas State University, where he majored in Spanish and Communication Studies as an undergraduate. As a student he was able to study abroad on three occasions, twice in Mexico and once in Costa Rica, and has also studied Portuguese in Brazil. He has twice worked the summer program at Concordia Language Villages, a language and culture immersion camp, and has taught Spanish to health care employees at Seguin’s local hospital. Recently he accompanied students from TLU and other schools on a mission trip to Honduras, where he served as an interpreter for the veterinary team.

As a non-native speaker of Spanish, Professor Dickens contributes to the diversity of our Spanish faculty, allowing students to receive instruction from both native and non-native Spanish speakers. For the same reason, he serves as a model to our non-native students who may consider pursuing a career in which Spanish as a second language is a valuable asset. Chris is known around campus for his enthusiasm and creativity in the classroom.

“Each day my goal is to find new ways to engage the students and spark an interest in cultural and linguistic awareness that will continue outside of the classroom. By collaborating with my colleagues and experimenting in the classroom every day, I aim to contribute to making my students' diplomas as valuable and meaningful as possible. As someone who is always looking for ways to innovate and improve as an educator, it is a privilege to be a part of Texas Lutheran University.”

Sabrina Hyde
French Instructor
Sabrina Hyde is currently a Lecturer of French at Texas State and Texas Lutheran Universities. She holds a B.A. in French and History and a M.A. in 19th and 20th Century French Studies.  She continues to study French, as well as Italian.  She is currently working on her application to the French Linguistics program at the University of Texas.  She plans to specialize in Applied Linguistics, with sub-fields in Historical and Socio-Linguistics.  She aspires to come up with a program that combines language acquisition with language learning to teach students French (and other languages), as well as help build the French program at TLU for both the university and the students with new programs and French events.

Kenny Montgomery
Spanish instructor
Prof. Kenny Montgomery is from Venezuela and has been living in the US for 18 years. She worked at UT Brownsville for the last 3 years and has 15 years of experience as a High School French and Spanish Teacher in Texas. She is an ABD candidate in Spanish Sociolinguistics with the University of Houston.