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Description

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers courses in Arabic, German, Japanese, the Romance Language group (French, Spanish), and the Slavic group (Czech, Russian). Whenever possible, the courses are conducted in the language that is studied. The aim of instruction is reading, writing, aural and oral proficiency, and an understanding of the life, literature, and culture of the country. Lectures and films in the language studied are offered during the school year for the benefit of the students in the department. Language laboratories supplement class work.

Placement

Incoming students who wish to enroll in French, Spanish, and German are required to take a placement examination. The examination results will be used in combination with advising to determine appropriate placement in the sequence of courses offered within the department’s curriculum. Exams are administered in the language laboratory (304 Burnett Hall). Students who wish to begin study of a new language other than those previously studied should enroll in the 101 level and do not need to take a placement exam.
 

Education Abroad. Students may receive full credit at the University of Nebraska for education abroad programs in many countries, among these are Costa Rica, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Japan, and the Czech Republic. See http://educationabroad.unl.edu for a guide to these programs.

Program Assessment. Across programs, majors and minors in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures acquire a range of intercultural, communicative, intellectual, and practical skills that can enrich their lives and prepare them for productive and meaningful experiences and careers. In order to maintain the effectiveness of its programs, the Department regularly assesses learning outcomes. As part of this assessment, the Department measures the level of achievement of ACE 10 learning outcomes. In addition, majors in the Department are evaluated according to internationally recognized standards set forth by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and other specific institutional measures that follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Assessment of majors can also include a portfolio, an exit interview, exit surveys, and other forms of testing. Results of participation in this assessment activity will in no way affect a student’s GPA or graduation.

Admission

College Admission

The entrance requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences are the same as the UNL General Admission Requirements. Students who are admitted through the Admission by Review process may have certain conditions attached to their enrollment at UNL. These conditions are explained under “Removal of Deficiencies.”

In addition to these requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences strongly recommends a third and fourth year of one foreign language in high school. Four years of high school coursework in the same language will fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences’ language requirement. It will also allow students to continue language study at a more advanced level at UNL, and provide more opportunity to study abroad.

Advising

Academic and Career Advising

The Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather is a centrally located and easily accessed resource for students in all majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. The professional academic advisors and career coaches offer 1-1 meetings on a walk-in and appointment basis weekdays. Advisors will provide assistance choosing majors and minors, understanding degree requirements and academic policies, completing paperwork, meeting deadlines, adding/dropping courses, and planning for graduation. In addition, career coaches can help students identify career options related to their interests and connect them with experiences like internships, research, and more that will prepare them for those career options. These specially trained advisors and coaches also serve as first point of contact in the College for all incoming freshmen and transfer students during New Student Enrollment.

Students in the College who have declared a major will be assigned an academic advisor who is their first point of contact for a variety of questions. Academic advisors help students be successful in adjusting to UNL overall as well as making progress toward degree completion. The assigned advisor may be located within the department of their primary major, or in the Advising Center. Students can identify their assigned advisor in MyRED on the academics tab. In addition, faculty advisors are experts in their discipline, including advanced coursework and requirements, opportunities for research, student organizations, and considering graduate school in the discipline. Students who have declared a pre-health or pre-law area of interest will also work with advisors in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (Explore Center) in 127 Love Library South, who are specially trained to guide students preparing to enter a professional school.

For complete and current information on advisors for majors, minors, or pre-professional areas, contact the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall, 402-472-4190, http://cas.unl.edu/advising.

College Degree Requirements

College Distribution Requirements

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (16 hours + Language)

The College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements are designed to ensure a breadth of courses within the liberal arts degree. By engaging in study in several different areas within the College, students develop the ability to learn in a variety of ways and apply their knowledge from a variety of perspectives. All requirements are in addition to University ACE requirements.

  • A student may not use a single course to satisfy both an ACE outcome and a College distribution requirement.
  • A student may not use a single course to satisfy more than one College Distribution Requirement. 
  • A student may not use a course from their primary major to satisfy the Breadth Requirement (F), but may apply an ancillary requirement of the primary major or a course from their second major toward this requirement.
  • Independent study, directed readings, or internship courses cannot be used to satisfy a College Distribution Requirement.
  • Cross-listed courses from interdisciplinary programs will be applied in the same area as courses from the home/cross-listed department.
College Distribution Requirements
CDR A - Written Communication3
Select from courses approved for ACE outcome 1.
CDR B and BL - Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences with Lab4
Select from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology, mathematics, physics and statistics. Must include one lab in the natural or physical sciences. Lab courses may be selected from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, meteorology and physics.
Some courses from geography and anthropology may also be used to satisfy the lab requirement above. 1
CDR C - Humanities3
Select from classics, English, history, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, and religious studies. 2
CDR D - Social Science3
Select from anthropology, communication studies, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology. 3
CDR E - Language0-16
Fulfilled by the completion of the 6-credit-hour second-year sequence in a single foreign language in one of the following departments: Classics and religious studies, or modern languages and literatures. Instruction is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.
A student who has completed the fourth-year level of one foreign language in high school is exempt from the languages requirement, but encouraged to continue on in their language study.
CDR F - Additional Breadth3
Select from natural, physical and mathematical sciences (Area B), humanities (Area C), or social sciences (Area D). Cannot be a course from the primary major.
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16-32

Scientific Base

Bachelor of Science Only (60 hours)

The bachelor of science degree requires students to complete 60 hours in mathematical, physical and natural sciences. Approved courses for scientific base credit come from the following College of Arts and Sciences disciplines: actuarial science, anthropology (selected courses), astronomy, biochemistry (excluding BIOC 101), biological sciences (excluding BIOS 100 or BIOS 203), chemistry (excluding CHEM 101), computer science (excluding CSCE 10), geography (selected courses), geology, life sciences, mathematics (excluding courses below MATH 104), meteorology, microbiology, physics and statistics.

See your degree audit or a College of Arts and Sciences advisor for a complete list including individual classes that fall outside of the disciplines listed above. Up to 12 hours of scientific and technical courses offered by other colleges may be accepted toward this requirement with approval of a college advisor.

Language Requirement

UNL and the College of Arts and Sciences place great value on academic exposure and proficiency in a second language. The UNL entrance requirement of two years of the same foreign language or the College’s language distribution requirement (CDR E) will rarely be waived and only with relevant documentation. See the main College of Arts and Sciences page for more details.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. A total grade point average of at least 2.0 is required.

Grade Rules

Restrictions on C- and D Grades

The College will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other domestic institutions except for UNO and UNK. All courses taken at UNO and UNK impact the UNL transcript. No transfer of C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. No UNL C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. International coursework (including education abroad) with a final grade equivalent to a C- or lower will not be validated by College of Arts and Sciences departments to be degree applicable.

Pass/No Pass Privilege

The College of Arts and Sciences adheres to the University regulations for the Pass/No Pass (P/N) privilege with the following additional regulations:

  • Pass/No Pass hours can count toward fulfillment of University ACE requirements and college distribution requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.
  • Most arts and sciences departments and programs do not allow courses graded Pass/No Pass to apply to the major or minor. Students should refer to the department’s or program’s section of the catalog for clarification. By college rule, departments can allow up to 6 hours of Pass/No Pass in the major or minor.
  • Departments may specify that certain courses of theirs can be taken only on a P/N basis.
  • The college will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of P/N grades to be applied toward degree requirements. This total includes all Pass grades earned at UNL and other U.S. schools. NOTE: This 24-hour limit is more restrictive than the University regulation.

Grading Appeals

A student who feels that he/she has been unfairly graded must ordinarily take the following sequential steps in a timely manner, usually by initiating the appeal in the semester following the awarding of the grade:

  1. Talk with the instructor concerned. Most problems are resolved at this point.
  2. Talk to the instructor’s department chairperson.
  3. Take the case to the Grading Appeal Committee of the department concerned. The Committee should be contacted through the department chairperson.
  4. Take the case to the College Grading Appeals Committee by contacting the Dean’s Office, 1223 Oldfather Hall.

Course Level Requirements

Courses Numbered at the 300 or 400 Level

Thirty (30) of the 120 semester hours of credit must be in courses numbered at the 300 or 400 level. Of those 30 hours, 15 hours (1/2) must be completed in residence at UNL.

Residency Requirement

Students must complete at least 30 of the 120 total hours for their degree at UNL. Students must complete at least 1/2 of their major coursework including 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level in their major, and 15 of the 30 hours required at the 300 or 400 level in residence. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement only if students register through UNL.

ACE Requirements

Consistent with the mission and values of the University, ACE is based on a shared set of four institutional objectives and ten student learning outcomes. The ACE program was approved by faculty in all eight undergraduate colleges and endorsed by the Faculty Senate, the student government, and the Academic Planning Committee in January 2008 for implementation in the fall 2009. ACE aligns with current national initiatives in general education.

To meet the ACE Program requirement, a student will complete a minimum of 3 credit hours for each of the ten ACE Student Learning Outcomes (a total of 30 ACE credit hours). See the ACE website at: http://ace.unl.edu for the most current information and the most recently certified courses.

Catalog to Use

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. Beginning in 1990-1991 the catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Spanish will be able to:

  1. Produce advanced Spanish grammar/communication .
  2. Produce advanced Spanish stylistics appropriate to the context.
  3. Discuss complex literary and cultural expressions at a sophisticated level, producing, demonstrating, and defending definable arguments and critical thinking.
  4. Locate and to make productive use of secondary sources, to frame an argument by means of an effective structure through proper research methodology.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements

Twenty-seven (27) hours of courses at the 305 level or above.
 

SPAN 305The Analysis of Communication in Spanish3
SPAN 317Introduction to Linguistics3
SPAN 321Exploring Hispanic Culture: Spain3
or SPAN 331 Latin American Civilization
Total Credit Hours9

Specific Major Requirements

Additional Spanish or Spanish Studies Courses
Select two SPAN courses at the 300 level (above SPAN 305)6
Select three SPAN courses at the 400 level9
Select an additional course in a related area at the 300 level or above. Specific choices include: 13
SPAN course above 305
Pre-Columbian Art
Colonial Art of Latin America
Peoples and Cultures of Native Latin America
The Ancient Maya
Mexican-American History
Colonial Mexico
Modern Mexico
Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Latin America
Latin America and Global Relations
Digital History
Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
Introduction to Philosophy of Language
Psychology of Language
Digital Media Production
Credit Hours Subtotal: 18

Minor Requirement

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

Additional Major Requirements

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or above is required for all courses in the major and minor.

Pass/No Pass

No course taken Pass/No Pass will be counted toward the major or minor.

Requirements for Minor Offered by Department

Twelve (12) hours of SPAN courses numbered at 305 or above.

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or above is required for all courses in the major and minor.

Pass/No Pass

No course taken Pass/No Pass will be counted toward the major or minor.

SPAN101
Beginning Spanish I

Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of the following: SPAN 101/102, or SPAN 110

Description: 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 aural drill supplemented by practice in pronunciation laboratory.

This course is a prerequisite for: SPAN 102

Course details
Credit Hours:5
Max credits per semester:5
Max credits per degree:5
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:5

ACE:

SPAN102
Beginning Spanish II

Prerequisites: SPAN 101

Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of the following: SPAN 101/102, or SPAN 110

Description: Continuation of SPAN 101.

This course is a prerequisite for: SPAN 201; SPAN 201H; SPAN 210

Course details
Credit Hours:5
Max credits per semester:5
Max credits per degree:5
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:5

ACE:

SPAN110
Accelerated Beginning Spanish

Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of the following: SPAN 101/SPAN 102, or SPAN 110.

Description: Covers equivalent materials to those presented in SPAN 101/SPAN 102.

This course is a prerequisite for: SPAN 201; SPAN 201H; SPAN 210

Course details
Credit Hours:6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:6

ACE:

SPAN181
Beginning Grammar and Readings

Description: Rapid course in the essentials of grammar followed by reading of varied types of literary and technical publications.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN201
Second-Year Spanish I

Prerequisites: SPAN 102, or SPAN 110.

Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of the following: SPAN 201/202, or SPAN 210.

Description: Intensive and extensive reading of moderately difficult Spanish texts; thorough review of minimum essentials of Spanish grammar; conversational practice supplemented by drill in pronunciation laboratory.

This course is a prerequisite for: SPAN 202; SPAN 202H

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN201H
Honors: Second-Year Spanish I

Prerequisites: Good standing in University Honors Program; SPAN 102 or 110.

A qualifying score on the Modern Language Placement Exam may be used in place of the pre-requisite course.

Description: Honors course in second year Spanish.

This course is a prerequisite for: SPAN 202; SPAN 202H

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN202
Second-Year Spanish II

Prerequisites: SPAN 201

Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of the following: SPAN 201/202, or SPAN 210

Description: Continuation of SPAN 201. Reading of more difficult texts.

This course is a prerequisite for: SPAN 203; SPAN 204; SPAN 220

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN202H
Honors: Second-Year Spanish II

Prerequisites: Good standing in University Honors Program; SPAN 201.

A qualifying score on the Modern Language Placement Exam may be used in place of the pre-requisite course.

Description: Honors course in second year Spanish.

This course is a prerequisite for: SPAN 203; SPAN 204

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN203
Intensive Conversation

Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or 210

Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of the following: SPAN 203/204, or SPAN 220.

Description: 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.

This course is a prerequisite for: SPAN 300; SPAN 300A; SPAN 300B; SPAN 303; SPAN 304

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN204
Intensive Writing

Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or 210

Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of the following: SPAN 203/204, or SPAN 220.

Description: Focuses on the achievement of communicative proficiency so that students learn to express their own ideas and experiences in a coherent manner. Special emphasis on thematic content, organizational skills, and self-editing.

This course is a prerequisite for: SPAN 300; SPAN 300B; SPAN 304

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN210
Accelerated Second-Year Spanish

Prerequisites: SPAN 102 or SPAN 110.

Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of the following: SPAN 201/202, or SPAN 210

Description: Covers the same material as SPAN 201-202.

This course is a prerequisite for: SPAN 203; SPAN 204; SPAN 220

Course details
Credit Hours:6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:6

ACE:

SPAN220
Intensive Spanish for the Professions

Prerequisites: SPAN 202 or SPAN 210.

Equivalent to SPAN 203 and SPAN 204. Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of the following: SPAN 203/204, or SPAN 220.

Description: Intensive intermediate reading, writing and conversation.Emphasis on communication and professional interactions and on the language of professional communities, such as business, journalism and mass communication, health and medicine, law and government. Particular emphasis on cultural knowledge to increase chances of professional work related to the Hispanic community.

This course is a prerequisite for: SPAN 300; SPAN 300A; SPAN 300B; SPAN 303; SPAN 304

Course details
Credit Hours:6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:6

ACE:

SPAN264
Spanish-American Literature in Translation I

Description: Masterpieces of Spanish-American literature in translation. Selected texts to be announced in the schedule and course description booklet.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-24
Max credits per semester:24
Max credits per degree:24
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-24

ACE:

SPAN265
Spanish-American Literature in Translation II

Description: Masterpieces of Spanish-American literature in translation. Selected texts to be announced in the schedule and course description booklet.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-24
Max credits per semester:24
Max credits per degree:24
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-24

ACE:

SPAN300
Advanced Writing and Reading for Comprehension

Prerequisites: SPAN 203 and 204; or SPAN 220

Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of the following: SPAN 300, SPAN 300A, SPAN 300B or SPAN 303/304.

Description: A block course combining SPAN 303 and 304 in one semester.

This course is a prerequisite for: LAMS 331, SPAN 331; SPAN 305; SPAN 321

Course details
Credit Hours:6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:6

ACE:

SPAN300A
Advanced Writing and Reading for Comprehension. Special Course for Heritage Speakers of Spanish

Prerequisites: SPAN 203 and 204; or SPAN 220; and permission.

Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of the following: SPAN 300, SPAN 300A, SPAN 300B or SPAN 303/304.

Description: A block course focusing on advanced reading and writing.

This course is a prerequisite for: LAMS 331, SPAN 331; SPAN 305; SPAN 317; SPAN 321

Course details
Credit Hours:6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 1 Writing

Credit Hours:6

ACE:ACE 1 Writing

SPAN300B
Advanced Reading, Writing and Conversation: Emphasis on Translation and Interpretation

Prerequisites: SPAN 203 and SPAN 204; or SPAN 220

Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of the following: SPAN 300, SPAN 300A, SPAN 300B or SPAN 303/304.

Description: Intensive advanced reading, writing and conversation; comparison of grammatical constructions and vocabulary in Spanish and English; review of basic translation and interpretation techniques.

This course is a prerequisite for: SPAN 305; SPAN 317; SPAN 321

Course details
Credit Hours:6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:6

ACE:

SPAN303
Advanced Reading for Comprehension

Prerequisites: SPAN 203 and 204; or SPAN 220.

Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of the following: SPAN 300, SPAN 300A, SPAN 300B or SPAN 303/304.

Description: Introduction 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.

This course is a prerequisite for: LAMS 331, SPAN 331; SPAN 305; SPAN 317; SPAN 321

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 2 Communication Competence

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 2 Communication Competence

SPAN304
Advanced Writing

Prerequisites: SPAN 203 and 204; or SPAN 220

Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of the following: SPAN 300, SPAN 300A, SPAN 300B or SPAN 303/304.

Description: Develops writing skills by concentrating on techniques for writing term papers, such as organizing ideas, structuring arguments and conducting bibliographic searches.

This course is a prerequisite for: LAMS 331, SPAN 331; SPAN 305; SPAN 317; SPAN 321

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 1 Writing

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 1 Writing

SPAN305
The Analysis of Communication in Spanish

Prerequisites: SPAN 303 and 304 or SPAN 300, SPAN 300A, or SPAN 300B

Equivalent credit will not be granted from education abroad coursework unless taught by UNL faculty.

Description: Analysis of oral, written and visual genres. Evaluation of contexts, regularities, conventions and forms. Acquisition of critical skills in the identification of basic ideological and formalistic issues within the genres being studied.

This course is a prerequisite for: LAMS 311, SPAN 311; LAMS 312, SPAN 312; SPAN 314; SPAN 315; SPAN 341; SPAN 497

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 5 Humanities

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 5 Humanities

SPAN311
Introduction to Hispanic Literature: Latin AmericaCrosslisted with LAMS 311

Prerequisites: SPAN 305 or equivalent

Description: Examination of important forms and themes in the history of early Latin-American literature.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN312
Representative Spanish-American AuthorsCrosslisted with LAMS 312

Prerequisites: SPAN 305

Description: Masterpieces by great writers chosen from the Modernista period to the present time.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN314
Introduction to Hispanic Literature: Spain

Prerequisites: SPAN 305 or equivalent

Description: Examination of important forms and themes in the history of Spanish literature.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN315
Representative Authors of Spain

Prerequisites: SPAN 305 or equivalent

Description: Readings of masterpieces by great writers chosen from the eighteenth century to the present. Lectures, oral discussions, and written reports in Spanish.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 5 Humanities

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 5 Humanities

SPAN317
Introduction to Linguistics

Prerequisites: SPAN 303 and 304 or SPAN 300, SPAN 300A, or SPAN 300B

Description: Introduction to linguistic analysis as pertinent to the description and explanation of Spanish grammatical structure. Both theoretical and practical.

This course is a prerequisite for: SPAN 319; SPAN 497

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN319
Sound Systems of Spanish

Prerequisites: SPAN 317 or equivalent

Description: Description of the Spanish sound system: articulatory and acoustic phonetics, variation, oral practice.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN321
Exploring Hispanic Culture: Spain

Prerequisites: SPAN 303 and 304 or SPAN 300, SPAN 300A, or SPAN 300B

Description: Examination of important topics and issues in the history of Spanish culture and society.

This course is a prerequisite for: SPAN 497

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity

SPAN331
Latin American CivilizationCrosslisted with LAMS 331

Prerequisites: SPAN 303 and 304 or SPAN 300, SPAN 300A, or SPAN 300B

Lectures, oral discussions, and written work in Spanish.

Description: Latin American culture, pre-Columbian to the present. Lectures, oral discussions, and written work in Spanish.

This course is a prerequisite for: SPAN 497

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity ACE 5 Humanities

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity ACE 5 Humanities

SPAN341
Translating Hispanic Culture

Prerequisites: SPAN 305

See instructor if you believe an equivalent course(s) may count for prerequisite.

Description: Cultural and linguistic adaptation (Spanish-English) of cultural artifacts such as movies, comics, songs, poetry, narrative prose, essays, etc. Particular emphasis will be put on developing literacy on software and digital tools.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN391
Special Topics in Spanish

Description: Language, literature, and civilization.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-24
Max credits per semester:24
Max credits per degree:24
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-24

ACE:

SPAN399
Independent Study in Spanish

Prerequisites: Permission

Description: Special research project or reading program under the direction of a staff member in the department.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-24
Max credits per semester:24
Max credits per degree:24
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-24

ACE:

SPAN399H
Honors: Special Problems

Prerequisites: Permission

Course details
Credit Hours:1-6
Max credits per semester:6
Max credits per degree:6
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-6

ACE:

SPAN403
Syntactic Structures of SpanishCrosslisted with SPAN 803

Prerequisites: SPAN 317 or equivalent

Description: Comparative study of the structure of complex sentences in Spanish and English: Translation and composition.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN405
Advanced GrammarCrosslisted with SPAN 805

Prerequisites: SPAN 317 or equivalent

Description: Theoretical and practical aspects of Spanish grammar.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN407
History of the Spanish LanguageCrosslisted with SPAN 807

Prerequisites: SPAN 319

Description: Changes in the sound system, evolution of morphological paradigms and general patterns of semantic change.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

SPAN421
Medieval LiteratureCrosslisted with SPAN 821

Prerequisites: SPAN 321 or SPAN 331; and one of SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 314, or SPAN 315

Description: Examination of important forms and themes in the history of Spanish Medieval literature. Emphasis on the impact of digital tools on the humanities.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

SPAN432
Spanish Speaking ProficiencyCrosslisted with SPAN 832

Prerequisites: SPAN 303 and 304 or SPAN 300, SPAN 300A, or SPAN 300B

Description: Intensive advanced course in oral communication to gain proficiency in speaking Spanish through practice, creative construction of sentences, vocabulary building, and practical review of grammar and pronunciation.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN441
Golden Age PoetryCrosslisted with SPAN 841

Prerequisites: SPAN 321 or SPAN 331; and one of SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 314, or SPAN 315

Description: Examination of important forms and themes in the history of Spanish Golden Age Poetry. Emphasis on the impact of digital tools on the humanities.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

SPAN442
Golden Age ProseCrosslisted with SPAN 842

Prerequisites: SPAN 321 or SPAN 331; and one of SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 314, or SPAN 315

Description: Examination of important forms and themes in the history of Early-Modern Spanish Prose. Emphasis on the impact of digital tools on the humanities.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

SPAN445
Golden Age DramaCrosslisted with SPAN 845

Prerequisites: SPAN 321 or SPAN 331; and one of SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 314, or SPAN 315

Description: Examination of important forms and themes in the history of Early-Modern Spanish Drama. Emphasis on the impact of digital tools on the humanities.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

SPAN453
Nineteenth-Century Spanish LiteratureCrosslisted with SPAN 853

Prerequisites: SPAN 321 or SPAN 331; and one of SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 314, or SPAN 315

Description: Reading and study of nineteenth-century Spanish literature: drama, essay, novel, poetry, and short story. Such authors as Larra, Zorrilla, Duque de Rivas, Espronceda, Tamayo y Baus, Echegaray, Bécquer, Pérez Galdós, Clarín, and Valera.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN455
Human Rights in Latin AmericaCrosslisted with SPAN 855

Prerequisites: SPAN 321 or SPAN 331; and one of SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 314, or SPAN 315

Description: Reading and analysis of Latin American texts dealing with human rights issues. Topics selected from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN456
Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Spanish PoetryCrosslisted with SPAN 856

Prerequisites: SPAN 321 or SPAN 331; and one of SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 314, or SPAN 315

Description: Reading and analysis of Spanish poetry, with emphasis on A. Machado, F. García Lorca, E. Champourcin, G. Celaya, and G. Fuertes.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN457
Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Spanish NarrativeCrosslisted with SPAN 857

Prerequisites: SPAN 321 or SPAN 331; and one of SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 314, or SPAN 315

Description: Reading and analysis of significant Spanish narratives.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN458
Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Spanish DramaCrosslisted with SPAN 858

Prerequisites: SPAN 321 or SPAN 331; and one of SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 314, or SPAN 315

Description: Reading and analysis of dramas written by such playwrights as Benavente, Valle-Inclán, García, Lorca, Buero Vallejo, Sastre, and Arrabal.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN459
Spanish-American PoetryCrosslisted with LAMS 459, SPAN 859

Prerequisites: SPAN 321 or SPAN 331; and one of SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 314, or SPAN 315

Description: Spanish-American poetry.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN460
Spanish-American NovelCrosslisted with LAMS 460, SPAN 860

Prerequisites: SPAN 321 or SPAN 331; and one of SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 314, or SPAN 315

Description: Spanish-American novels.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN462
Spanish-American Short StoryCrosslisted with LAMS 462, SPAN 862

Prerequisites: SPAN 321 or SPAN 331; and one of SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 314, or SPAN 315

Description: Masterpieces of the Spanish-American short story from its origins. Works of the twentieth century by authors such as Horacio Quiroga, Jorge Luis Borges, Maria Luisa Bombal, Juan Rulfo, Julio Cortazar, Rosario Castellanos, and Luisa Valenzuela.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

SPAN463
Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Spanish and Spanish-American EssayCrosslisted with SPAN 863

Prerequisites: SPAN 321 or SPAN 331; and one of SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 314, or SPAN 315

Description: Reading and analysis of Spanish and Spanish-American essays, with emphasis on Unamuno, Maeztu, Ortega y Gasset, Marañón, Marías, Picon Salas, Arciniegas, Mañach, Reyes, and Paz.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN470
Women Writers of Spanish AmericaCrosslisted with LAMS 470, SPAN 870

Prerequisites: SPAN 321 or SPAN 331; and one of SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 314, or SPAN 315

Description: Masterpieces by women writers of Spanish America such as Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, Gabriela Mistral, Maria Luisa Bombal, and Victoria Ocampo.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN473
Don Quixote and the Birth of the Modern NovelCrosslisted with SPAN 873

Prerequisites: SPAN 321 or SPAN 331; and one of SPAN 311, SPAN 312, SPAN 314, or SPAN 315

Description: Examination of Cervantes¿ masterpiece in its literary and social context. Emphasis on the impact of digital tools on the humanities.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

SPAN475
Advanced Translation for the ProfessionsCrosslisted with SPAN 875

Prerequisites: Senior standing

Description: Theory and practice of translation in professional settings. Introduction to linguistic and cultural challenges of Spanish/English, English/Spanish translation.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

SPAN478
Introduction to the Digital Analysis of Hispanic CultureCrosslisted with SPAN 878

Prerequisites: SPAN 305; and SPAN 317; and SPAN 321 or SPAN 331

Description: Shift from printed to digital texts and its implications for the humanities. Definitions of digital research, various theoretical and methodological approaches, and the consequences for the academy, publishers, classrooms, and libraries. Analysis of representative electronic projects related to Hispanic literature and culture. Design of a digital humanities research projects.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

SPAN488
Heritage Speaker PedagogyCrosslisted with SPAN 888

Prerequisites: SPAN 303 and 304 or SPAN 300, SPAN 300A, or SPAN 300B

Description: Introduction to the theoretical framework and classroom methodology for the teaching of Spanish to bilingual students who acquired the language at home. Exploration of differences between bilingual, monolingual, and second language acquisition of Spanish.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

SPAN491
Special Topics in SpanishCrosslisted with SPAN 891

Description: Language, literature, and civilization.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-24
Max credits per semester:24
Max credits per degree:24
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:1-24

ACE:

SPAN496
Independent Study in SpanishCrosslisted with SPAN 896

Prerequisites: Permission.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-24
Max credits per semester:24
Max credits per degree:24
Course Format:IND

Credit Hours:1-24

ACE:

SPAN497
Seminar in Spanish

Prerequisites: SPAN 305; and SPAN 317; and SPAN 321 or SPAN 331

Topic covered in any term determined by the instructor.

Description: Topics dealing with specific aspects of Hispanic literature, culture, and linguistics.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:24
Course Format:LEC

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.


Spanish (B.A.)

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
15 HR TERM 1
CDR E: Language
complete SPAN 201
3hr

ACE 1 Written Texts
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr

ACE 6 Social Sciences
complete 1 from ACE6
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 2
CDR E: Language
complete SPAN 202
3hr

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8
3hr

CDR D: Social Sciences
complete 1 from Any Anthropology Course, Any Communications Course, Any Geography Course, Any National Securities Studies Course, Any Political Science Course, Any Psychology Course, Any Sociology Course
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Social Science discipline: ANTH, COMM, GEOG, NSST, POLS, PSYC, SOCI.

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 3
CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
6hr
SPAN 203 and 204, or SPAN 220 are recommended this term as a prerequisites to major courses.

ACE 3 Math/Statistics
complete 1 from ACE3
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select two additional elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 4
CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
6hr
SPAN 303 and 304 are recommended this term as prerequisites to major courses. SPAN 303 will fulfill the ACE 2 requirement. SPAN 304 will fulfill the CDR A requirement.

ACE 4 Sciences
complete 1 from ACE4
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select two additional elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 5
Spanish CoreCritical
complete SPAN 305
3hr
C
SPAN 305 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the sixth term of enrollment. SPAN 305 also fulfills the CDR C requirement.

Spanish Core
complete SPAN 317
3hr
C

CDR B: Math/Sci w/Lab
complete 1 from Approved Science Courses
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Math or Science discipline with a lab: ASTR, BIOC, BIOS, CHEM, CSCE, GEOL, LIFE, MATH, METR, PHYS, STAT (select ANTH or GEOG allowed).

CDR B: Lab
complete 1 from ASCLAB1
1hr
Complete an approved lab associated with a course from a Math or Science discipline: BIOS, CHEM, GEOL, LIFE, METR, PHYS (select ANTH or GEOG allowed).

Electives
complete Any Course
5hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.

Milestones
  1. You must declare a required minor by this term.
15 HR TERM 6
Spanish Core
complete either SPAN 321 or SPAN 331
3hr
C
SPAN 321 or SPAN 331 will also fulfill the ACE 9 requirement.

Spanish Upper Level
recommend 1 or more courses
6hr
C
Complete two additional SPAN courses above 305.

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 7
Spanish 400 Level
complete Any Spanish Course at the 400 Level
6hr
C
Complete 2 SPAN courses at the 400 level.

CDR F: Additional Breadth
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
Complete an approved additional courses from CDR B, CDR C, or CDR D that is outside of the discipline of your primary major.

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 8
Spanish 400 Level
complete Any Spanish Course at the 400 Level
3hr
C
Complete a 400 Level SPAN course that will fulfill the ACE 10 requirement

Spanish Studies

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
Graduation Requirements
  1. A minimum 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***
  3. Complete 30 hours in residence at UNL.
    4. Complete 30 hours at the 300 or 400 level.

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Transferable Skills

  • Analyze and interpret difficult texts
  • Communicate clearly using different forms of writing to and for a variety of different audiences
  • Gain global perspective and high levels of intercultural awareness
  • Listen actively and facilitate individual and group communication
  • Develop a strong awareness of self and others
  • Compose convincing arguments and present logical information
  • Contextualize political, social, and historical events
  • Defend and discuss complex issues from multiple angles
  • Examine problems from multiple perspectives
  • Express ideas creatively

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • English Teacher, Covent Garden English School - Cordoba, Argentina
  • ESL Language Teacher, Ministero de Educacion - Valencia
  • Bilingual Receptionist, Catholic Social Services - Lincoln NE
  • Account Executive, Empire, Inc. - Chicago IL
  • Bridge Design Engineer I, South Dakota Dept. of Transportation - Pierre SD
  • Auxiliar de Conversacion, Ministerio de Educacion - Almonte
  • Event Manager, Events Etc. - Denver CO
  • Sales Representative, Sandhills Publishing - Lincoln NE
  • Account Manager, Omaha Marketing Solutions - Omaha NE
  • Secondary Spanish Education Teacher, - Houston TX

Internships

  • Office of International Affairs Intern, UNL International Affairs Office - Lincoln NE
  • Nonprofit Executive Intern, El Centro de las Americas - Lincoln NE
  • AmeriCorps Member, Lincoln Parks and Recreation - Lincoln NE
  • Spring Intern, Nebraskans for Civic Reform - Lincoln NE
  • Language Assistant Intern, Behlen Manufacturing - Columbus NE
  • Correspondant, USA Today College - McLean VA
  • IT and Technical Services Internship, Baer's Automotive Sales - Lincoln NE
  • Peer Mentor Intern, UNL International Affairs Office - Lincoln NE
  • Anatomy/Physiology Internship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • First Husker Peer Mentor, First-Year Experience & Transition Programs - Lincoln NE