Today Spanish is spoken in twenty-one countries and by more than 300 million people worldwide. In fact, over twenty-six million people speak Spanish in the United States alone. As a student at UALR, you don’t have to travel too far from home to realize and experience the importance of Spanish globally, in the United States, and in the state of Arkansas—the state with the fastest growing Hispanic population. As evidence of the impact Spanish is having on Arkansas and Little Rock, consider the fact that just last year Mexico opened a consulate across the street from the UALR campus that now serves the tri-state area of Arkansas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.

Spanish classes at UALR will give you the confidence to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with native Spanish speakers with whom you will increasingly come into contact. In addition, you will acquire the cultural awareness that is needed to understand the customs and practices of Spanish speakers here in Arkansas and around the world. Our classes will introduce you to a fascinating array of writers, artists, filmmakers, and politicians, some of whom influenced the Spanish-speaking world in the past and others who are shaping it today.

So whether you plan to stay in Arkansas or move to another state, and whether you choose a career in education, business, hospitality, medicine, or law, a degree in Spanish will not only open doors for you but will give you a competitive edge in your chosen profession. Sign up for a class today and discover the wonder that is the Hispanic World!

Spanish Faculty

Christine Cotton
Andrew J. Deiser
Victor Haislop
Merecedes Rodríguez
Olimpia Underwood

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 or the DISLS advisor, Sharon Sellars in SH 203-C (569 3274). Upper-level course requirements may be partially met by courses taken during a Study Abroad experience. Consult Sherrie Ray in DISLS (569 3286).