Elementary Spanish Level Coordinator
Mr. Steven Sheppard
M.A., Spanish - University of North Texas, 2004

Intermediate Spanish Level Coordinator
Ms. Marla Estes
M.A., Spanish - University of North Texas, 2002


Associate Professors
Dr. Pierina Beckman
Dr. Will Derusha
Dr. Jongsoo Lee
Dr. Teresa Marrero
Dr. Cristina Sánchez-Conejero
Dr. Jiyoung Yoon

Assistant Professors
Dr. Jorge Aviles-Diz
Dr. Samuel Manickam

Dr. Barbara Ashbaugh
Ms. Kellye Church
Ms. Marla Estes
Ms. Concepción Martinez
Ms. Maria Muñiz
Ms. Martine Price
Mr. Steven Sheppard
Ms. Emily Thurman


Ms. Melissa Caddy
Ms. Olga Chavez-Tolley
Mr. Eric Fuentes
Ms. Karen Lioy
Ms. Tania Lopez
Ms. A. Elizabeth Norton de Evans
Ms. Nicholey Schwab
Dr. Karen Upchurch
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.

Major Requirements:
A minimum of 38 hours of Spanish, including:

  • SPAN 1010 - Elementary Spanish
  • SPAN 1020 - Elementary Spanish
  • SPAN 2040 - Intermediate Spanish
  • SPAN 2050 - Intermediate Spanish
  • plus 24 semester hours of advanced work, including 6 hours in 4000-level courses or above

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. 6 hours from:

  • SPAN 3060 - Advanced Spanish Composition and Oral Practice
  • SPAN 3070 - 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 (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. 3 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-level and 3 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.