With over 400 million speakers in more than twenty countries, Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world rivaled only by English and Mandarin Chinese. In the U.S. there are 41 million native speakers of Spanish, and 11 million people speak it as a second language. No doubt it is the fastest-growing language in this country. Daily use of Spanish is so common in the U.S. - at stores, at restaurants, at work, on television, on the radio, on the streets, etc. - that most Americans take it for granted. In the state of Texas with its dynamic Hispanic population, there are over 6 million speakers of Spanish, and growing. No doubt, knowing English and Spanish will give anyone a clear edge in today's work world.
UNT offers a major and minor in Spanish. At the basic and intermediate levels students master all Spanish language skills through oral and written practice as well as online activities. Advanced students take prerequisite classes before choosing from a variety of courses in literature, culture, professions, civilization and cinema to fulfill requirements and electives.
UNT Spanish graduates have gone on to become secondary school teachers and work in various businesses, as well as continue on to graduate school, among other professions. Many UNT students also do a double major in Spanish and another field - such as business, music, biology and journalism, for example - since they are well aware that NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, SPANISH WILL HELP YOU!
We are pleased to announce the first departmental Spanish Professional Development Day for Spanish teachers to take place on June 18, 2016. This day-long series of six workshops, with lunch included, will provide training on many topics of interest to teachers of Spanish at all levels. Please click here for full information.
- Dr. Jorge Aviles-Diz (Assistant Professor): Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Spanish Literature
- Dr. Pierina Beckman (Associate Professor): Medieval and Golden Age Spanish Literature
- Dr. Will Derusha (Associate Professor): Transatlantic Poetry
- Dr. Jongsoo Lee (Associate Professor): Prehispanic, Colonial and Nineteenth Century Latin American Literature
- Dr. Samuel Manickam (Associate Professor, Chair): Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Latin American Narrative
- Dr. Teresa Marrero (Full Professor): Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Latin American and Latino Theatre
- Dr. Cristina Sánchez-Conejero (Associate Professor): Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Spanish Narrative and Cinema
- Dr. Jiyoung Yoon (Associate Professor): Spanish Linguistics
- Dr. Barbara Ashbaugh (Lecturer)
- Ms. Kellye Church (Principal Lecturer)
- Ms. Marla Estes (Principal Lecturer)
- Ms. Connie Martínez (Principal Lecturer)
- Ms. María Muñiz (Principal Lecturer)
- Ms. Martine Price (Senior Lecturer)
- Dr. Esther Sánchez-Couto (Lecturer)
- Mr. Steven Sheppard (Lecturer)
- Ms. Emily Thurman (Lecturer)
- Ms. Melissa Caddy
- Ms. Olga Chavez-Tolley
- Mr. Eric Fuentes
- Ms. Marcelina Garcia
- Ms. Elizabeth Gosch
- Ms. Karen Lioy
- Ms. A. Elizabeth Norton de Evans
- Ms. Marta Perez
- Ms. Brianne Roig
- Ms. Nicholey Schwab
- Ms. Yanina Sheppard
- Dr. Karen Upchurch
- Mr. Andrew Wahlert
- Ms. Ana Maria Zurbuch
Please see the Faculty section of our website for contact information and additional information about faculty.
Major in Spanish
A major in Spanish consists of a minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the "General University Requirements" in the Academics section of the UNT catalog and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements.
A minimum of 39 hours of Spanish, including:
- SPAN 1010 - Elementary Spanish
- SPAN 1020 - Elementary Spanish
- SPAN 2040 - Intermediate Spanish
- SPAN 2050 - Intermediate Spanish
- plus 27 semester hours of advanced work
Placement or credit by examination may be used to satisfy: SPAN 1010, SPAN 1020, SPAN 2040, SPAN 2050
A core of 15 hours of specific course work must be met:
a. 3 hours from:
- SPAN 3060 - Advanced Spanish Composition and Oral Practice
- SPAN 3080 - Advanced Spanish Composition and Oral Practice for Bilinguals *
*The SPAN 3080 option is available only to native or near-native Spanish speakers who qualify according to results on the departmental proficiency test or by departmental consent.
** SPAN 3070 has been discontinued. The following courses will substitute for SPAN 3070:
- SPAN 3010- Writing in Spanish: Style and Techniques
- SPAN 3020- Spanish Translation
- SPAN 4095- Spanish Idiomatic Expressions
- SPAN 4120- Advanced Spanish Grammar II
- SPAN 4210- Spanish Phonetics/Pronunciation
- SPAN 4250- Acquisition of Spanish as a Second Language
- SPAN 4260- Linguistic Structure in Spanish
- SPAN 3090 - Advanced Spanish Grammar I
b. 3 hours of:
- SPAN 3110 - Introduction to Hispanic Literature*
- pre-requisites include SPAN 3090 + 3 hours of advanced Spanish (3000 level or above)
*this course is also a prerequisite for all 4000-level Spanish literature courses
c. 3 hours of a 3000-level Hispanic culture course:
- SPAN 3140 - Mexican Culture and Civilization
- SPAN 3150 - Spanish Culture and Civilization
- SPAN 3160 - Latin American Culture and Civilization
d. 6 hours of a 4000-level Hispanic literature survey course:
- SPAN 4310 - Survey of Spanish Literature
- SPAN 4320 - Survey of Spanish Literature
- SPAN 4360 - Survey of Spanish-American Literature
- SPAN 4370 - Survey of Spanish-American Literature
e. 3 hours of 3000/4000-level and 6 hours of 4000-level electives.
Minor in Spanish
A minor in Spanish consists of a minimum of 21 semester hours in Spanish, including 9 advanced hours. Demonstration of proficiency may be substituted for credit in courses equivalent to SPAN 1010 through SPAN 2050. A minimum grade of C is required for a course to count toward the minor.
Certificate in Professional Spanish
This undergraduate academic certificate requires 12 hours of advanced Spanish, including:
Two courses in professional Spanish chosen from:
- SPAN 3510 - Spanish for Law Enforcement
- SPAN 3520 - Spanish for Social Services
- SPAN 3530 - Spanish for Hotel and Restaurant Management
- SPAN 3540 - Spanish for Travel and Tourism
- SPAN 3550 - Spanish for the Medical Professions I
- SPAN 3560 - Spanish for the Medical Professions II
- SPAN 3570 - Spanish in the Bilingual Classroom
- SPAN 4040 - Spanish Writing for the Mass Media Professions
- SPAN 4080 - Business Spanish
Two other Spanish courses at the 3000 or 4000 level
Notify the academic advisor of your major once you have completed the coursework, so they can list the certificate on your transcript.
Syllabi & Courses
Transfer Credit and Placement Test
Students may earn credits in Spanish through a placement test or by transferring credits from another institution. For more details, please look for testing information under the Resources section of this website or call the department office.
For study-abroad opportunities, please look under the Resources section of our website for the Study Abroad page, contact our main office, or contact the Study Abroad Office at https://studyabroad.unt.edu or by calling (940) 565-2207.
Samuel Manickam: Chair
Emily Thurman: Undergraduate Advisor
Steve Sheppard: First Year Spanish Coordinator
Marla Estes: Second Year Spanish Coordinator