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Department of Languages and Literatures

Spanish & Spanish-Teaching


Students of Spanish (whether majors or minors) at UNI are exposed to a wide variety of coursework. UNI faculty teach courses on language, linguistics, translation, culture, and foreign language teaching methods as well as Chicano and Latino, Spanish-American and Spanish literature and film. UNI also offers unique opportunities for Spanish Heritage Speakers and community outreach opportunities.

All students considering taking Spanish at UNI should take the Spanish placement exam. This exam will help you choose the appropriate first Spanish course at UNI.

To take the placement exam, click here. You will need to pay a $10 charge via credit card.


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Students are immersed in the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world through studies in language, literature, and cultural traditions.

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Students develop a solid foundation in the Spanish language through studies in literature, liguistics, and teaching methods.

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Courses in this minor are geared toward proficiency of skills in speaking, language comprehension, reading, and writing.

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Courses in this minor enable students to gain effective communication skills for the classroom in language and cultural studies.

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Courses in this minor provide students with experience in crafting bilingual documents for business and professional needs. 

Click here to ask about a second endorsement in French-Teaching!

**Students should speak with an adviser to ensure all education requirements are met. Options for teaching endorsements can be found at the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners website.

Click here for the Level 3 Field Experience Evaluation Form.

Thinking about it? Read "7 Reasons Why It's Good to Speak Another Language."


Spanish Graduate Programs