Undergraduate Handbook

Spanish Major

The first area of concentration is the Literature and Hispanic Culture area. It requires 24 hours of courses numbered 305 or above. Students are all required to take:

  • Spanish 305 (Literary Analysis in Spanish)
  • 3 hours from Spanish 317 (Introduction to Linguistics) or Spanish 319 (Spanish Phonetics)
  • 3 hours from Spanish 321 (Spanish Civilization) or Spanish 331 (Latin American Civilization)
  • 6 hours from Spanish 311 (Spanish American Authors 1) or Spanish 312 (Spanish American Authors II) or Spanish 314 (Representative Authors from Spain I) or Spanish 315 (Representative Authors from Spain II)
  • 9 hours of Spanish at the 400 level (all of these hours must be selected from a pre-approved list of literature courses)

The second area of concentration is the Language and Hispanic Culture area. It requires 24 hours of courses numbered at 305 or above. Students are all required to take:

  • Spanish 305
  • Spanish 317
  • Spanish 319
  • 3 hours from Spanish 321 or Spanish 331
  • 3 hours from Spanish 311, 312, 314 or 315
  • 9 hours at the 400 level (6 of these hours must be selected from a pre-approved list of language courses; the other 3 should be from a literature course)

Spanish Minor

The Spanish section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures also offers a Spanish minor.

  • Plan A minor (for students declaring the Spanish minor only and no other minors): 12 credit hours (to be selected from specific courses) after the completion of Spanish 303 and 304
  • Plan B minor (for students declaring the Spanish minor and one additional minor): 6 credit hours (to be selected from specific courses) after the completion of Spanish 303 and 304

Please see your Chief Adviser in Spanish, Lola Lorenzo, to discuss specific course requirements for the minor.

Spanish Advising and Activities

Lola Lorenzo will be your primary resource for all Spanish advising. Please see her in 1218 Oldfather Hall for questions about advising, the Spanish program over the summer, the Spanish table, the Spanish Club, or the tutoring center.

For general education advising, you can stop down in the Arts and Sciences Advising Center in 107 Oldfather. We can talk with you about your general degree requirements and general education requirements.

Thank you very much! Adios!

For detailed informaiton about requirements, course descriptions, activities or study aborad opportunities, please select a tab at the top.

Major Requirements

The requirements for obtaining a degree in Spanish are as follows: 24 hours of courses numbered at 305 or above. In addition to 305, students choose 3 hours from 317, 319, 321 or 331; 9 hours from 311, 312, 314 or 315; and 9 hours at the 400-level with at least 6 of these hours in literature and linguistics courses.

A minor is required and may be taken in any area.


Sp 305 Literary Analysis in Spanish

6 hours from:

  • Sp 317 Introduction to Linguistics
  • Sp 319 Spanish Phonetics
  • Sp 321 Spanish Civilization
  • Sp 331 Latin American Civilization

6 hours from:

  • Sp 311 Representative Spanish American Authors I
  • Sp 312 Representative Spanish American Authors II
  • Sp 314 Representative Authors from Spain I (formerly Spanish 301)
  • Sp 315 Representative Authors from Spain II (formerly Spanish 302)

9 hours at the 400 level (at least 6 of these hours must be selected from a pre-approved list of language/linguistics courses):

  • Sp 403 Spanish Stylistics*
  • Sp 405 Advanced Grammar*
  • Sp 421 Medieval Literature
  • Sp 441 Spanish Golden Age Poetry
  • Sp 442 Spanish Golden Age Prose
  • Sp 445 Spanish Golden Age Drama
  • Sp 453 Nineteenth-Century Spanish Literature
  • Sp 456 Twentieth-Century Spanish Poetry
  • Sp 457 Twentieth-Century Spanish Narrative
  • Sp 458 Twentieth-Century Spanish Drama
  • Sp 459 Spanish American Poetry
  • Sp 460 Spanish American Novel
  • Sp 462 Spanish American Short Story
  • Sp 463 Twentieth-Century Spanish and Spanish American Essay
  • Sp 469 Survey of Spanish American Literature
  • Sp 470 Women Writers of Spanish America
  • Sp 473 Cervantes
  • Sp 497 Seminar in Spanish
  • Sp 498 Special topics in Spanish (cr arr)

    *Not a literature course

300 Level Electives:

  • Sp 398 Special Topics in Spanish (cr arr)
  • Sp 399 Independent Study (cr arr)
  • Sp 399H Special Problems (1-6 hours)

Minor Requirements

Plan A:
Requirements: 12 hours of courses numbered at 305 or above. In addition to 305, which is compulsory for Plan A, students must take 6 hours from 311, 312, 314 or 315; and 3 hours from 317, 319, 321 or 331.

Plan B:
[Requires a minor in two areas]
Requirements: 6 hours from 305, 317, 319, 321 or 331.

Below are courses that are being offered in Spanish for the Spring 2014 semester. For a list of all courses in the Spanish portfolio, please visit the Undergraduate Bulletin.


101. Beginning Spanish (5 cr)
Prerequisite: None. Main emphasis on development of comprehension of written and spoken Spanish; reading of simple texts dealing primarily with the Spanish-speaking world and with cultural and historical background of Spanish civilization, oral and oral drill supplemented by practice in pronunciation laboratory.

102. Beginning Spanish (5 cr)
Prerequisite: Spanish 101 or 3 semesters of High School Spanish. A continuation of Spanish 101.


201. Second-Year Spanish (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or 110 or 4 or more semesters of High School Spanish. A continuation of Spanish 102. Completion of the fundamentals of Spanish grammar. Further development of basic conversational skills and listening comprehension. In addition to class work, language lab attendance is required.

202. Second-Year Spanish (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Spanish 201 or equivalent. A second year review of Spanish grammar including all verb tenses and moods, as well as expansion of the basic vocabulary learned in the previous sequence. Further development of reading through basic analysis of original Spanish texts, and additional conversational practice. At least two formal compositions and regular language lab attendance is required.

203. Intensive Conversation (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Spanish 202 or equivalent score on Spanish Language Placement Exam. Focuses on the development of oral proficiency so that students may be able to express and discuss their ideas and experiences in clear, direct Spanish. Grammatical constructions and new vocabulary are presented and practiced mainly in conversation.

204. Intensive Writing (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Spanish 202 or equivalent. Focus on achievement of communicative proficiency so students can express their own ideas and experiences coherently in writing. Special emphasis on thematic content, organizational skills, and self-editing.

210. Accelerated 2nd year Spanish (6 cr)
Prerequisite: Spanish 102 or 110 and departmental permission. This course covers the same material as Spanish 201-202 and counts as 201-202 in satisfying the liberal education requirements.


300. Spanish for Heritage Speakers (6 cr)
Prerequisite: Spanish 203 and 204 or equivalent. This is a course designed specifically for the n eeds of bilingual students. We will develop our reading and writing skills and learn about the different varieties spoken in the United States.

303. Advanced Reading for Comprehension (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Spanish 203, 204. This course introduces students to literary texts and to the practice of reading for comprehension and interpretation. Students write short summaries of texts selected from Spanish and Spanish American literary works.

304. Advanced Writing in Spanish (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Spanish 203 and 204. The focus of this course is the improvement of writing skills of those students who major in Spanish. Assignments include writing at least one four-page typed paper every two weeks according to the three-step process: 1) choosing the topic and stylistic strategies, 2) writing a first draft, taking account of reader and purpose, as well as of organizational and grammatical considerations, and 3) formal revisions following the instructor's corrections and suggestions

305. Literary Analysis in Spanish (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Spanish 303 and 304 or Spanish 300. Spanish 305 is an introduction to basic principles of literary theory through critical studies of Spanish and Latin American texts in the traditional genres of narrative, poetry, drama, and essay. Appropriate technical vocabulary for writing analysis illustrative of different approaches to the study of literature is taught.

312. Representative Spanish American Authors II(3 cr)
Prerequisite: Spanish 305 or equivalent. Masterpieces by great writers chosen from the Modernista period.

315. Representative Authors of Spain II(3 cr)
Prerequisite: Spanish 305. Readings of masterpieces by great writers chosen from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century. Lectures, oral discussions, and written reports in Spanish.

317. Introduction to Linguistics (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Spanish 300. An introduction to linguistic analysis as pertinent to the description and explanation of Spanish grammatical structure. The course is both theoretical and practical. Useful for majors.

319. Spanish Phonetics (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Spanish 300 or equivalent. A practical and theoretical study of Spanish sound structure: Vowel and consonant phonemes, syllables, clusters, stress, and intonation. A detailed description of isolated and contextualized sound elements as applicable for improving pronunciation and intonation.

321. Spanish Civilization (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Spanish 300 or equivalent. A course on the cultural history of Spain from the Middle Ages to the present. Although a textbook will be closely followed the instructor will also present additional materials, such as slides, films, records, etc., that help clarify certain concepts, and add variety to the course. Periodic quizzes, a one hour-exam, and a final exam required in addition to at least one short oral presentation, depending on the size of the class. The course will be conducted in Spanish in its entirety.

331. Latin American Civilization (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Spanish 300 or equivalent. A basic course in Latin American culture, pre-Columbian to the present. Lectures, discussions, papers in Spanish.


40/807. History of the Spanish Language (3 cr)
Prerequisite: Spanish 317 and Spanish 319 or equivalent. Changes in the sound system, evolution of morphological paradigms and general patterns of semantic change.

421/821. Medieval Literature (3 cr)
Prerequisite: SPAN 305, and either SPAN 311 and 312, or SPAN 314 and 315; or graduate standing. Spanish Medieval literature of the tenth to the fifteenth centuries. Reading and analysis of such authors as Berceo, Alfonso X, Juan Manuel, Juan Ruiz, Fernando Rojas, Jorge Manrique, and Juan de Mena.

498/898. Film, Popular Culture & Human Rights.
Prerequisite: 6 hrs from Spanish 311, 312, 314, and/or 315; and senior standing or permission.


Mesa - Spanish Conversation Table

The Spanish Conversation Table, or Mesa, will meet on Fridays at 5 pm in the Language Lab, located in 302 Burnett Hall.

For more information, please contact Andrea Sirvent, Jennifer Isasi, or Naroa Puente.


Spanish CineClub

The CineClub has a variety of movies planned for the Spring semester. Download the flyer or view the films below. All movies will be shown in the Language Lab, 302 Burnett Hall, on Wednesdays at 4 pm.

Date Film Review
9/11/14 Diarios de motocicleta
9/25/14 Arrugas
10/9/14 El laberinto del fauno
10/26/14 Las brujas de Zugarramurdi
11/6/14 Un cuento chino
11/20/14 Lo imposible
12/4/14 Rec
Review Coming!




Spanish Studies Institute


Bilbao, Spain



Dr. Iker Gonzalez Allende
Dr. Errapel Mejias-Vicandi
Jennifer Isasi

CIDE (Centro Internacional "Deusto" de Español) is the International Spanish Center of the University of Deusto. The Center organizes intensive Programs in Spanish Language and Culture,and Business, International Relations and Spanish Language for international students (non-exchange program students). They can choose between Academic-year, Semester, or Summer Programs.

CIDE is located in the Centenary Building of the University, accross from the Guggenheim Museum, in downtown Bilbao.

Our Programs combine Spanish Language courses at all levels (elementary to high-advanced) with courses specifically designed for international students in areas such as Hispanic and Basque culture, literature, grammar, international relations, economy, and business. One of our main goals is to favor immersion and intensive learning of the language (2-3 hours of Spanish language courses per day in reduced groups and with individual supervision).

All CIDE Programs include guided cultural visits to places of interest, medical insurance, housing service, and academic and personal orientation (before and during the student's stay at the University of Deusto).

Upon the completion of any CIDE Program, students will receive an Official Academic Transcript from the University of Deusto, so that they can transfer the credits earned at Deusto in their home University.

For more information about the program, please visit the following web site:


Costa Rica

Costa Rica


Aaron Chambers

La Universidad de Costa Rica Sede del Occidente is situated one hour west of the capital San José in the town of San Ramón. Known for producing Costa Rican poets and presidents, San Ramón is home to 12,000 friendly Ticos who enjoy the year-round temperate climate of the Central Valley.

The six-week study and service program focuses on language, grammar, culture, and history as well as a service project in the final week. UNL students live with host families, visit local and national museums, and enjoy many opportunities to experience the natural wonders of Costa Rica.

The program is intended for students finishing Spanish 210 or 202 in the spring. Those participating may transfer up to nine credit hours back to UNL. The number of students accepted varies from year to year.

For more information, visit the Education Abroad website.


Toledo, Spain



Dr. Lola Lorenzo or
Chris Carter

Through the ESTO (Español en Toledo) Program, students can enjoy Spanish culture while living and studying in the provincial capital of Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo. Historically Spain’s capital and the home of some of the most powerful people of their days, Toledo is a charming medieval town where students will be captivated by the narrow, winding roads, the laid back Castillian approach to life and the experience of living and studying where some of the greatest Spanish poets, artists and authors have lived.

Upon arrival to the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, students will be placed into Spanish Language courses according to their capabilities. Both beginning students of Spanish who are looking to fulfill general education requirements as well as majors and minors looking to advance quickly through their first Advanced Spanish credits benefit from the ESTO program, as they receive 6 credits of Spanish courses, ranging from SPAN 101 to SPAN 304. Classes include instruction in grammar, writing, conversation and phonetics, and these classes occupy the students’ morning schedule. In the afternoon, students have the choice of participation in arranged cultural activities such as cine club, guided walking tours around the city, flamenco dance classes as well as cooking classes. Toledo’s proximity to Madrid also means that students can take advantage of the cultural attractions in the capital of Spain, and many students choose to travel there in their free afternoons. Participation in the program also includes two excursions to experience other areas of the region of Castilla, typically to Segovia and Ávila. Students have the option of living with a host family (for an additional cost) or in the University’s dorms.

Advantages of participating in the ESTO program include the intense format of the classes, which allow students who may not have the time in their academic schedule to study abroad for a year to still have a study abroad experience; the direct relationship between UNL’s Spanish department and the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha means that credit transfer is direct and pre-approved, leaving behind any doubts that your classes won’t transfer; and finally, the ESTO program is the only program UNL offers to Spain whose students are accompanied by a UNL representative, which assures that students are never in a situation that they are not able to handle on their own without someone there to help them. The program also works in cooperation with the Harold S. Spencer Study Abroad Program, which is directed towards education majors, giving them practical teaching experience within the Spanish Education System during a longer, semester-based program.

For more information, please visit their website, or contact Chris Carter, Resident Director of the ESTO Program. Also, see what students themselves are saying about Toledo by following our hashtag on Twitter, #UNLToledo.

Start by checking out this YouTube Video.

Undergraduate Advisor

Lola Lorenzo

1218 Oldfather Hall
Skype: Lolalorenzo59

Faculty Webpage

Advising Office Hours

Wed & Fri 3:30pm - 6pm (walk-ins only)
& by appointment or scheduled Skype call

Frequently Asked Questions

Spanish Tutoring Center

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Comments from Spanish students:

"In [my Spanish classes] I feel like I am receiving a great education. I know I am being challenged to understand, think critically, apply my knowledge of Spanish and eventually achieve my goal of Spanish fluency. In my four years of Spanish classes, Dr. Errapel Mejias-Vicandi has been one of the most helpful and outstanding professors I have ever had here at UNL."

"Being bilingual is a great skill to have in our shrinking world! While learning the vocabualry is important, the ability to put together meaningful and complex thoughts is what separates language from a vocabulary list."

"[Spanish 304 is a class that] resembles the first instance in which students studying Spanish have the opportunity not just to learn grammar, but apply their language skills to real world scenarios. It is truly remarkable to understand how learning new languages can bridge cultural gaps. It isn't just communicating in a new way, it's seeing and perceiving in a new way, too. I have been thoroughly impressed with the quality of language education at UNL."

"Every class is very interesting. The instructor uses Spanish throughout the entire class, but makes sure the entire class understands what he is saying. Every class, he shows us and introduces us to the culture of what we are reading. We read many selections from many areas rich in Spanish history. He really shows us the history of things we have never heard of, and makes us read in between the lines all the time. During classes, he does a great job making us really think about what we read."

"This Spanish class has re-ignited my love for languages. Visible learning flourishes in the small room, and the class develops our ability to communicate with those of another tongue. [Profesora] Velázquez gently guides us all to a higher plane of linguistic understanding. I once heard that a person truly begins to internalize a language once they start to dream in that language. My dreams are now composed of Spanish."