​Hispanic Outlook has ranked UTSA’s Bicultural Bilingual Studies program in top 10

Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine has ranked UTSA’s Bicultural Bilingual Studies program in the top 10 schools (tied for second) in the country for bilingual, multilingual, and multicultural education. “We are honored to have earned this number two ranking,” said Patricia Sánchez, chair of the Department of Bicultural Bilingual Studies. “I know that other bilingual and multilingual education colleagues nationwide have regularly sought our insight and input as they develop or enhance their programs.” In 2017, UTSA’s Bicultural Bilingual Studies program awarded 32 degrees (a 97% rate) to Hispanic students. The program, aimed at serving Hispanic communities in South Texas, was one of the founding academic units when UTSA opened its doors fifty years ago. The department offers undergraduate coursework for the preparation of teachers and M.A. degrees in bilingual education and English as a second language as well as a doctoral program in Culture, Literacy, and Language. Bicultural Bilingual Studies prepares its graduates to engage with the cultural and linguistic resources of multicultural communities and prepares teachers to value, honor, and support multilingual and bilingual learners. “Our department knows that supporting Latinx students and seeing them succeed at UTSA creates an enormous ripple effect when they return to their hometown or local communities to teach other Latinxs,” Sánchez said.