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Why study Spanish at UALR?

  •      Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world.
  •      Spanish is spoken in thirty-one countries and by almost 400 million people worldwide.
  •      In the United States, over 52 million people speak Spanish.
  •      Arkansas has the second fastest growing Latino population in the United States, and 17% of this population lives in Central Arkansas.
  •      Proficiency in Spanish and a nuanced understanding of Latino cultures are increasingly critical and marketable skills in a number of service professions in Central Arkansas.
  •      Seven per cent of UALR’s study body is Latino, and the Spanish program has an outstanding accelerated major for heritage speakers.
  •      UALR is located in the heart of culturally diverse Little Rock, and the Mexican Consulate—which serves Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma—is located right across the street from campus.
  •      Our Spanish program has a number of community partners that provide our students with opportunities for service learning, volunteering, and internships
  •      With Spanish, you can easily study, travel, live and work abroad in Spain and Latin America.
  •      Hispanic and Latino cultures are among the oldest and most culturally diverse in the world.  We think that Hispanic literatures, film, histories, and arts are also among the most beautiful and fascinating!
  •     UALR’s Spanish faculty members take great joy in teaching and mentoring UALR’s diverse students and work at cultivating a vibrant, supportive learning community.

Spanish Faculty

Christine Cotton
Andrew J. Deiser
Edma Delgado-Solorzano
Erin Finzer
Victor Haislop
Merecedes Rodríguez
Olimpia Underwood
Theresa Warner

Programs of Study in Spanish at UALR

A major in Spanish (BA degree) consists of 30 credit hours above the 1000 level. A minor in Spanish consists of 21 credit hours above the 1000 level. Please refer to the UALR Undergraduate Catalog for descriptions of these programs. For information about graduate study in Spanish at UALR, click on the Master of Arts in Second Languages link at the left.

Please refer to the UALR Undergraduate Catalog for descriptions of these programs.

Spanish major: SPAN-BA
(30-36 cr.)
Spanish major with Teaching License:
(6cr.)* SPAN 1311 + 1312 Elementary Spanish I + II (6 cr) Same
3 cr. SPAN 2311 Intermediate Spanish 3 cr. Same

Students are strongly encouraged to take SPAN 3301 Contextualized Spanish Grammar immediately following SPAN 2311. SPAN 3301 will count toward the 21 required credits at the 3000/4000 level (see below).

3 cr. SPAN 3311 Communications: Interpersonal 3 cr. Same
3 cr. SPAN 3312 Communications: Interpretive 3 cr. Same
12 cr.** SPAN courses at the 3000 and/or
4000 level, with at least 6 credit hours at the 4000 level.
21 cr. At least one of the required 3000 – and 4000 – level courses should be in Hispanic cultures and at least one in Spanish linguistics.
30-36 cr. 30-36 cr.
Second Language Ed Courses
3 cr. LANG 4322 Methods of Teaching 2nd Languages
3 cr. LANG 4323 2nd Language Acquisition
3 cr. LANG 4324 Teaching People of Other Cultures
3 cr, LANG 4325 2nd Language Assessment
42-48 cr.
Secondary Education Minor (18 cr., plus Praxis I and II Exams)
Block I
(3 cr.)
SCED 3210 Instructional Skills & Assessment
SCED 3110 Instructional Skills Practicum
Successful completion of the Praxis I exam is required before starting Block II
Block II
(6 cr.)
SCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents
SCED 4122 Adolescent Diversity Practicum
SCED 4123 Adolescents with Special Needs
SCED 4124 Classroom Management
Block III(9 cr.) TCED 4600 Student Teaching
SCED 4330 Reflective Teaching
18 cr.
Recommended: a minor in a subject taught in secondary schools
18-24 cr. Depends on field

*Students who have studied Spanish prior to entering UALR should take the placement test (SCAPE) to determine their level (call Testing Services, 569 3198). The 6 hours of SPAN 1311 + 1312 are not required for students who test into 2311.

**Some upper-level courses have prerequisites. Check with the course instructor.