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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. Click here for a video on how Spanish can help you.

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!

The Department of Spanish at the University of North Texas invites you to the 2nd Annual Professional Development Day for Teachers of Spanish on SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2017. This year's event will include multiple workshops, a Spanish conversation lunch and a special keynote speaker. Download the event information, registration form and lunch order form here.

See our Spanish majors talk about their many positive experiences in our program:



  • Dr. Jorge Aviles-Diz (Associate Professor of Spanish): Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Spanish Literature
  • Dr. Pierina Beckman (Associate Professor of Spanish): Medieval and Golden Age Spanish Literature
  • Dr. Will Derusha (Associate Professor of Spanish): Transatlantic Poetry
  • Dr. Jongsoo Lee (Associate Professor of Spanish): Prehispanic, Colonial and Nineteenth Century Latin American Literature
  • Dr. Samuel Manickam (Associate Professor of Spanish, Chair): Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Latin American Narrative
  • Dr. Teresa Marrero (Full Professor of Spanish): Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Latin American and Latino Theatre
  • Dr. Cristina Sánchez-Conejero (Associate Professor of Spanish): Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Spanish Narrative and Cinema
  • Dr. Talia Weltman-Cisneros (Assistant Professor of Spanish): Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Latin American Narrative
  • Dr. Jiyoung Yoon (Associate Professor of Spanish): 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)

Adjunct Faculty

  • Dr. María Carpio Manickam
  • Mr. Eric Fuentes
  • Ms. Elizabeth Gosch
  • Ms. Karen Lioy
  • Ms. Olga Mandujano
  • Ms. A. Elizabeth Norton de Evans
  • Ms. Rachelle Scarola
  • Ms. Nicholey Schwab
  • Ms. Yanina Sheppard
  • Dr. Karen Upchurch
  • Mr. Andrew Wahlert

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.

Major 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

For full listing of courses with descriptions and prerequisites, please visit UNT's Catalog home page. You can also find syllabi listed on faculty profiles at

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.

Study Abroad

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 or by calling (940) 565-2207.

Contact Information

Samuel Manickam: Chair

Emily Thurman: Undergraduate Advisor

Steve Sheppard: First Year Spanish Coordinator

Marla Estes: Second Year Spanish Coordinator

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