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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

College of Liberal Arts


Spanish (SPAN)


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Professor: Janet Gold
Associate Professor: John M. Chaston, Carmen Garcia de la Rasilla, Marco Dorfsman, Lori Hopkins, Lina Lee, Jaume Marti-Olivella
Senior Lecturer: Mary Kathleen Belford, Elisa F. Stoykovich
Lecturer: Joseph C. Dunn, Maria I. Gonzales, Sarah E. Hirsch, Cindy Pulkkinen, Linda J. Thomsen

The major in Spanish is offered by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. It is designed for students who wish to acquaint themselves more thoroughly with the language, culture, and literature of the Spanish-speaking peoples. In addition, the department offers courses in Portuguese. Students also have the option to complete honors in major.

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 semester or a full academic year. A six-week summer immersion program in Puebla, Mexico, is also available to students. Financial aid is available for eligible students. Contact the departmental program directors for further information.

The major consists of a minimum of 40 credits. All coursework required for the Spanish major or minor 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, 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 Spanish minor consists of 20 credits in courses numbered 503 and above, including 631 and 632.

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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