The Department of Modern Languages and Literature at The University of Texas-Pan American will be offering Beginning German I next semester - the first time since fall 1997.
"We added this course because we feel that German will be a strategic language for our students to know as Germany continues to experience economic growth and interdependence with trade blocs in the Americas," said Dr. Glenn Martinez, associate professor of Spanish.
Dr. Edith Vandervoort, assistant professor of French and German, is heading up the reinstated program. She also teaches the course, German Identity through Literature - MCLL 2301, which has served to incite student interest in the language and culture.
"The course is also helpful for students who are majoring in international business," Vandervoort said. "Graduate students may also find it beneficial."
The new language course -GERM 1331.01- will be offered in the spring on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:45 a.m.-12:35 p.m.
The department will offer Beginning German II in fall 2005 and plans to add intermediate German courses in the future and extracurricular opportunities as student demand grows. For more information on the German course, call the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at 956/318-5381.