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Department of Languages and Literatures

Majors and Minors in Spanish and Spanish-Teaching

UNI students of Spanish (whether majors or minors) 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 (read more below) and community outreach opportunities.

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

Note: 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.

Click here for a brochure about Spanish at UNI (Word document; last updated Spring 2018).

Spanish Major

Students are immersed in the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world through studies in language, literature, and cultural traditions. Click here for the Spanish major program of study (Word document; last updated Spring 2018).

Spanish-Teaching Major

Students develop a solid foundation in the Spanish language through studies in literature, linguistics, and teaching methods. Click here for the Spanish-Teaching major program of study (Word document; last updated Spring 2018).

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

Spanish Minor

Courses in this minor are geared toward proficiency of skills in speaking, language comprehension, reading, and writing. Click here for the Spanish minor program of study (Word document; last updated Spring 2018).

Spanish-Teaching Minor

Courses in this minor enable students to gain effective communication skills for the classroom in language and cultural studies. Click here for the Spanish-Teaching minor program of study (Word document; last updated Spring 2018).

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

Spanish/English Translation minor

Courses in this minor provide students with experience in crafting bilingual documents for business and professional needs. Click here for the Spanish/English Translation minor program of study (Word document; last updated Spring 2018).


Click here here to send an email inquiring about a second endorsement in French-Teaching. 


Why UNI is the Best School in Iowa for Spanish Heritage Speakers

If you grew up in a home where Spanish is spoken, should you still study Spanish? At UNI, the answer is yes! The Department of Languages & Literatures allows heritage speakers of Spanish to earn credit based on their previous language experiences that can be applied to UNI language requirements or toward a major or minor in Spanish.

Heritage Language classes allow bilingual students of varying abilities to further develop oral and written skills in Spanish as part of a degree program or to further professional advancement in other fields. Students at UNI who are qualified may take Spanish for Heritage Speakers (SPAN 3006), a course specifically designed to develop writing skills, advance knowledge of Spanish grammar, and build a sense of community with other Spanish speakers.  

Students who successfully pass Spanish for Heritage Speakers are eligible to automatically earn up to 18 Spanish credits, including

  • Satisfaction of the foreign language exit requirement
  • 12 credits towards a Spanish minor or Spanish teaching minor
  • 9 credits towards a Spanish major
  • 9 credits towards a Spanish teaching major

Many heritage learners go on to take more advanced courses in literature, cultural studies, translation, and linguistics in Spanish. They also participate in study abroad programs and internships where they apply their Spanish language skills out in the world. These students know that developing academic and professional skills in Spanish will complement their professional advancement in almost any field.

For more information, contact:
Professor Juan Carlos Castillo
Department of Languages & Literatures
319.273.6200
juan.castillo@uni.edu

Resources for Spanish Heritage Speakers

Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages
National Heritage Language Resource Center
National Capital Language Resource Center

Click here for a brochure that contains the previous information (in English; Word document).

Click here for a brochure that contains the previous information (in Spanish; Word document).