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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2010-2011

College of Liberal Arts


Spanish (SPAN)


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Professor: Janet Gold
Associate Professor: John M. Chaston, Carmen García de la Rasilla, Marco Dorfsman, Lori Hopkins, Lina Lee, Jaume Martí-Olivella
Assistant Professor: Holly R. Cashman
Senior Lecturer: Mary Kathleen Belford, Cindy Pulkkinen, Elisa F. Stoykovich, Linda J. Thomsen
Lecturer: Emma Bricker, Mariagabriella Gangi, Fernando González de León, Sarah E. Hirsch, Maria I. Rossi

The major in Spanish is offered by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.  It is designed to help students develop proficiency in the Spanish language and an appreciation of the cultural and literary achievements of Hispanic societies around the globe. This dual emphasis on communication and understanding prepares students to live in a world community where Spanish is becoming increasingly important for both personal and professional reasons. In addition, the program offers courses in Portuguese. Students also have the option to complete honors in the major providing they complete the necessary classes and a senior thesis in Spanish.

Students who major in Spanish may prepare themselves for a variety of fields in which proficiency in the Spanish language and knowledge of Hispanic cultures are desirable. Such fields might include international relations, business administration, government work, social service, and communications. In addition, students can prepare to teach Spanish at the elementary and secondary levels and in bilingual education programs through the foreign language teacher education program. The undergraduate major also provides a basis for graduate study in preparation for scholarly research and teaching at the college level. When combined with coursework or a dual major in other disciplines, the major prepares students for work in Spanish-speaking areas of the world as well as in bilingual regions of the United States.

The UNH study abroad program in Granada, Spain, open to majors and nonmajors, offers students the opportunity to live and study abroad for a spring semester. A six-week summer immersion program in Puebla, Mexico, also is available to students. Financial aid is available for eligible students. Contact the departmental program directors for further information.

Six-week Summer Immersion
(Temporarily inactive until further notice, pending Mexico's status as per recommendations from the U.S. Department of State.)

The University of New Hampshire offers a six-week Spanish summer study abroad program sponsored by the International Center for Language and Culture at La Universidad de las Américas—UDLA, Puebla, Mexico. The program offers a variety of courses from the elementary to the advanced level. Students are able to fulfill UNH requirements for GE, Spanish major and minor. The program combines two Spanish courses during the day, cultural workshops, fieldtrips and optional weekend trips. Students will earn the equivalent of up to eight credit hours upon the completion of the program. For more information, visit; e-mail Prof Lina Lee at

The Spanish Major

The major consists of a minimum of 40 credits. All coursework required for the Spanish major must be completed with a grade of C or better. Specific course requirements are 1) language and culture: 525 or 526, 631, and 632; 2) four 600-level electives from the following: 641, 645, 647, 648, 650, 651, 652, 653, 654 or equivalent; 3) three courses taught in Spanish at the 700 level. An approved foreign study experience in a Spanish-speaking country of a minimum of one semester is required; a full academic year is highly recommended. The Discovery Program capstone requirement may be fulfilled by completing SPAN 798, Special Studies in Spanish Language and Literature.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses taken to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy Discovery requirements.

The Spanish Minor

The Spanish minor consists of 20 credits in courses numbered 503 and above, including 631 and 632.  At least three courses must be taken in residence at UNH. All coursework required for the Spanish minor must be completed with a grade of C or better and may not be taken pass/fail.

The Latin American Studies Minor

Spanish program faculty coordinate an interdisciplinary minor in Latin American studies. Coursework is drawn not only from the Spanish program, but from other programs across campus, such as the Anthropology Department, the History Department, and the Political Science Department. See the Latin American Studies page for more information.

For more information on the major, the minor, and options for the study abroad experience, please see the coordinator of Spanish.

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