Bylaws of the Department of World Languages and Literatures

  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Approved by the Department Faculty on December 4, 2020
  • Approved by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts on February 3, 2022

Table of Contents

  1. Bylaws
  2. Mission
  3. Administrative Organization and Operational Policies
  4. Personnel Policies
  5. Graduate Program
 

I. Bylaws

 

2. Mission

Our mission is to promote the diversity of world cultures by offering an educational experience that gives graduate and undergraduate students not just a window on the world, but a passkey to understanding and communicating with its peoples in meaningful and useful ways. To that end, all of our faculty members aim to excel in teaching and to provide distinguished service to the university, even as our graduate faculty members aspire to make significant scholarly, creative, and entrepreneurial contributions to their fields. 

The department offers an M.A. in Spanish, a B.A. in French, a multitrack B.A. in Spanish, a dual degree in Secondary Education and French or Spanish, minors in Arabic Language and Middle Eastern Cultures, Chinese, French, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Spanish (multitrack), Spanish Translation, and basic language courses in German, Paiute, and Portuguese, as well as interdisciplinary minors in Basque Studies, International Affairs, International Business, and Latin American Studies.

While our scope is decidedly global, it also aims to be locally engaged. For example, in recognition of the growing Spanish-speaking population in Nevada, we offer Latinx and Spanish heritage speakers courses designed specifically for them, enhancing their appreciation of the gift that their identity, language skills, and cultural heritage bring to the world.

We foster discovery, creativity, and the advancement of knowledge and mutual understanding in all of the courses we teach. While our research encompasses many approaches to culture, literature, linguistics, and the digital humanities, we are also strong advocates of engagement, diversity, service learning, interdisciplinarity (including advocacy of dual majors and dual degrees), and entrepreneurial activities that are related to our many fields of expertise.

The department’s excellent placement record attests to its commitment to the intellectual and professional formation of its graduate and undergraduate students. We aim to produce global citizens who are locally engaged and culturally savvy.

 

3. Administrative Organization and Operational Policies

 

4. Personnel Policies

 

5. Graduate Program

Graduate Students shall consult the Graduate Student Handbook guidelines posted on the department website and available in print from the department office and the Graduate School.