Faculty Resources

Department Mission

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at San Francisco State University offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to help students develop the linguistic and cultural knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to a multilingual, international society.

Outcomes for Undergraduate Students

Students majoring or minoring in a Modern language will become proficient in the target language, understand elements of the target culture, acquire knowledge of literature, and be able to analyze language structure.

Outcomes for Graduate Students

Graduate students will be proficient in written English, appropriately use resources and materials for writing research papers, and have a greater knowledge of culture and language at the advanced level.


Department By-Laws

The by-laws and procedures below represent a description of how the language and degree programs of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures relate to one another and an outline of the means by which the department faculty members engage in shared governance and decision making.

Retention, Tenure & Promotion

This document, which outlines retention, tenure, and promotion criteria in the areas of teaching effectiveness, professional growth and achievement, and service to campus and community, reflects the Department Modern Languages and Literatures’ effort to conform to San Francisco State University’s “Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Policy,” as found in the Revised Academic Senate Policy #F06-241.  

Standing Committee Membership

Information regarding current membership of department-level committees can be found in this section, including the Retention, Tenure, and Promotions (RTP) Committee, the Nominations and Elections Committee, and the Events Committee.