About the Department

The Languages Department currently offers instruction in nine languages. These include three romance languages—Spanish, French, and Portuguese—that account for hundreds of millions of native-speakers in the Americas and Africa as well as Europe. The most-spoken language on the planet, Mandarin Chinese, is the focus of a growing program with strong student interest. Enrollments continue to grow in Russian and German, and dedicated groups of students choose instruction in Hebrew, ancient Greek, and Latin. In any language we offer, students may take courses toward the language requirement, or toward a minor or certificate program. Majors are available in French, German, Russian Studies, and Spanish. Languages faculty also offer courses in comparative literature, linguistics, film studies, and language pedagogy, producing a total range of innovative course topics such as Francophone African Cinema, the Faust Myth in German Literature and Film, Heroes of Spain from the 12th to the 21st Centuries, and Mexican Theater, Ritual, and Performance.

Language Placement Test

TU utilizes an online placement exam as one of three criteria to help ensure that students begin studying languages at a course level that matches their level of proficiency and achievement. Students whose language background allows them to be placed in a course beyond the first-semester level may also receive credit for the previous course.

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Language Placement Policy

Study Abroad  

All language students are encouraged to participate in a study abroad program. The Center for Global Education staff provides assistance in arranging an academic term abroad.


Faculty Profile

Stephanie Schmidt
Stephanie SchmidtAssistant Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature
Schmidt teaches 3000 and 4000 level classes for Spanish majors and minors at The University of Tulsa. »
Karl Pollin


Karl Pollin
Associate Professor of French and Comparative LiteratureSpecialty is French language and literature.»