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!
Please see the Faculty section of our website for contact information and additional information about faculty.
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:
Placement or credit by examination may be used to satisfy: SPAN 1010, SPAN 1020, SPAN 2040, SPAN 2050
a. 6 hours from:
b. 3 hours of:
*this course is also a prerequisite for all 4000-level Spanish literature courses
c. 3 hours of a 3000-level Hispanic culture course:
d. 6 hours of a 4000-level Hispanic literature survey course:
e. 6 hours of 3000/4000-level and 3 hours of 4000-level electives.
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.
This undergraduate academic certificate requires 12 hours of advanced Spanish, including:
Two courses in professional Spanish chosen from:
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.
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