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Department of Languages and Culture

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Because of its location, the Department of Languages and Culture is committed to the preservation, interpretation, and promotion of the unique multicultural heritage of the region. Thus, it recognizes the importance of the Spanish and Native American presence in the local and global community. The discipline further strives to integrate other foreign languages along with their respective cultures and literature.

The department offers thorough instruction in the complex and globalized cultures and linguistics of the Spanish-speaking world. Students develop the critical language skills to communicate in the target languages. Students also build an understanding of the cultures, literatures and linguistic differences of communities of the Americas, Spain and the Southwest.

The department has implemented changes to the Spanish program that include more student choices for Spanish majors, more practical and applied courses, translation, and interpreting as another option for those majoring in Spanish. These changes are being put into place to allow students from other disciplines to take courses that will further their career goals.

The Languages and Culture program offers a major in Spanish with concentrations in literature and culture, and translation and linguistics; and a major in Spanish for elementary and/or secondary school teachers. It also offers a minor in Spanish.

The program emphasizes the four language skills (reading, writing, listening-comprehension, and speaking) and strives to develop in its majors and minors a thorough competence of the study of the Spanish language, literature, and culture.

Spanish  as a Heritage Language Learner | Spanish as a Second Language Learner

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Language Requirement

Students may satisfy the language requirement in a number of ways:

  • By obtaining a passing grade after the required sequence of  SPAN 101 & 102 (or equivalent);
  • By taking the Placement Exam; and,
  • By transferring credit for language courses from another institution.

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Language Learning Center

The Language Learning Center provides free professional tutoring and a writing lab in Spanish.  Consultants are available at a variety of times.

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Experience Abroad

The Spanish/English Immersion Program provide Spanish linguistic and cultural preparation to multiple student populations in a number of disciplinary contexts and venues, namely Mexico, Nicaragua and Spain.

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Tertulia

A discussion group organized by students who meet at the LLC to exchange ideas and experiences, and view films.

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Department Forms


Spanish Major Form adobe pdf logo
Spanish Minor Form adobe pdf logo

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Major in Spanish (BA)

Prerequisite: 

Proficiency in first-year Spanish, as demonstrated by completion of Spanish 101 and Spanish 102, or Spanish 111 or Spanish 112, or the equivalent competency. These courses do not count toward the 36-credit-hour major.

Required courses: 27 credit hours

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish 1 (3)
SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish 2 (3)

OR

SPAN 211 Intermediate Spanish as Heritage Language 1 (3)
SPAN 212 Intermediate Spanish as Heritage Language 2 (3)

AND

SPAN 300 Advanced Grammar (3)
SPAN 310 Advanced Conversation (3)
SPAN 330 Introduction to Hispanic Literature (3)
SPAN 424 Advanced Composition (3)
SPAN 430 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics (3)
SPAN 495 Senior Year Paper (3)

Choose one of the following:

SPAN 431 Civilization & Culture of Spain (3)
SPAN 432 Civilization & Culture of Latin America (3)
SPAN 433 Civilization & Culture of New Mexico and the Southwest (3)

Electives: 9 credit hours

In consulting with their program adviser, students can choose three upper-division elective courses to complete the major.

Major Total: 36 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Minor: 18 credit hours minimum
Proficiency/Electives to 120: 26 credit hours

Total for degree: 120 credit hours*

*A minor is required. Additional credit hours (electives) may be required to meet the 120-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.

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Major in Spanish for Elementary and/or Secondary School Teachers (K – 12) (BA)

The following course must be taken as one of the nine elective credits used in fulfillment of the general Spanish major:

SPAN 445 Teaching of Spanish: Theory & Methods (3)

Those pursuing a teaching career must contact the School of Education for required certification/endorsement coursework as stipulated by the State of New Mexico Public Education Department.

Major Total: 36 credit hours
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended core: 5 credit hours
Minor: 18 credit hours minimum
Proficiency/Electives to 120: 26 credit hours

Total for degree: 120 credit hours*

*A minor is required. Additional credit hours (electives) may be required to meet the 120-credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.

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Minor in Spanish

Prerequisite: Proficiency in first-year Spanish as demonstrated by completion of Spanish 101 and Spanish 102, or Spanish 111 or Spanish 112 or the equivalent competency. (These courses do not count toward the 24-credit-hour minor.)

Required hours: 18 credit hours

SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish 1 (3)
SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish 2 (3)

OR

SPAN 211 Intermediate Spanish as Heritage Language 1 (3)
SPAN 212 Intermediate Spanish as Heritage Language 2 (3)

AND

SPAN 300 Advanced Grammar (3)
SPAN 310 Advanced Conversation (3)
SPAN 424 Advanced Composition (3)

Choose one of the following courses:

SPAN 431 Civilization & Culture of Spain (3)
SPAN 432 Civilization & Culture of Latin America (3)
SPAN 433 Civilization & Culture of New Mexico and the Southwest (3)

Electives: 6 credit hours

In consulting with their program adviser, students can choose two upper-level elective courses to complete the major.

Minor Total: 24 credit hours

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Minor in Native American/Hispano Cultural Studies (NAHCS)

Mission Statement

The mission of the proposed Native-American/Hispano Cultural Studies (NAHS) Minor Program is to facilitate and implement the interdisciplinary study of peoples, languages, cultures, traditions and practices of the Southwest with specific emphasis on Northern New Mexico communities. The program is strengthened by the adoption of a cultural studies approach, which enables students to investigate lived realities of which they themselves are a part and where their involvement may provide clarifying insights.

Required courses: 3 hours

NAHS 124 Introduction to Native American/Hispano Cultural Studies (3)

Capstone option: 3 hours required

NAHS 425 Native American /Hispanic Communication & Cultural Contexts (3)
HIST 453 History of the Southwest (3)

Thematic Area #1: Choose six hours from the following:

ANTH 413 Archaeology of the Southwest (3)
ANTH 424 Cultural Dynamics of the Southwest (3)
ANTH 456 US-Mexican Immigration (3)
ANTH 476 Indians of the Greater Southwest (3)
ANTH 477 Hispanics of the Southwest (3)
HIST 215 History of New Mexico (3)
HIST 453 History of the Southwest (3)
NAHS 375 Land Grant, Acequia & Reservation Communication (3)

Thematic Area #2: Choose six hours from the following:

SOC 493 Race & Ethnic Relations (3)
ENGL 424 Mestizaje: Creative & Critical Thought in the Southwest (3)
PHIL 318 Native American Philosophy (3)
HIST 160 Chicano History (3)
HIST 401 Chicano Experience (3)
HIST 403 Chicano Leadership (3)
POLS 217 Ethnic Politics (3)
NAHS 225  Ethnicity and Identity Formation (3)

Thematic Area #3: Choose six hours from the following: 

MUS 472 Chicano & Latino Music in the US (3)
ANTH 435 Ritual, Festival, and Celebration in the Southwest (3)
ENGL 315 Native American Women’s Literature (3)
ENGL 318 Chicano/a Literature (3)
ENGL 482 Literature of the Southwest (3)
HIST 161 Chicano History Since 1900 (3)
SPAN 470 Chicano Literature of the Southwest (3)
NAHS 325 Native American/Hispano Contexts for Language and Literacy (3)

Minor total:  24 credit hours

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