Arts & Sciences Spanish (ASC)

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College: Arts & Sciences
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Lola Lorenzo
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Spanish (ASC)

COLLEGE: Arts & Sciences

MAJOR: Spanish (ASC)

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science


MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation


ADVISOR: Lola Lorenzo


Chair: TBD, 1111 Oldfather Hall

Vice Chair: TBD

Professors: Balasubramanian, Hayden-Roy, Pereira, Stump

Associate Professors: Amano, Brantner, González, González-Allende, Guevara, Lorenzo, Mejias-Bikandi, Shirer, Velázquez

Assistant Professors: Enkin, Hasan, Kingsbury Brunetto, Peterson

Emeriti Professors: Carr, Fouletier-Smith, E. Jacobson, M. Jacobson, Martinez, Nickel, Saskova-Pierce, Turner, Wilhelmsen

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers courses in Arabic, German, Japanese, the Romance Language group (French, Spanish), and the Slavic group (Czech, Russian). Whenever possible, the courses are conducted in the language that is studied. The aim of instruction is reading, writing, aural and oral proficiency, and an understanding of the life, literature, and culture of the country. Lectures and films in the language studied are offered during the school year for the benefit of the students in the department. Language laboratories supplement class work.


Incoming students who wish to enter the Universitys language program in French, Spanish, and German are required to take the Computer Assisted Placement Examination (CAPE). The results of the placement exam, together with training in a secondary school university, or other prior second language environments, will assist students in finding the level at which they will have the greatest opportunity for success. The examination results will be used in combination with advising to determine appropriate placement in the sequence of courses offered within the departments curriculum. CAPE is administered in the language laboratory (302 Burnett Hall). Those students exempted from this requirement are expected to enroll in a first semester elementary course (101). Students qualifying for this exemption are defined as follows:

1. Students with no previous second language exposure whatsoever.

2. Students whose second language exposure amounts to one year or less at the U.S. high school level.

3. Students who wish to begin study of a new language other than those previously studied.

Foreign language placement guidelines are generally determined by the following criteria for students who come to the University with:

1. 1 semester of a language in high school should take 101 (same language or a new one);

2. 2 or 3 semesters in high school should take 102 (same language);

3. 4 or 5 semesters in high school should take 201;

4. 6 semesters in high school should take 202;

5. 8 semesters or more in high school should take 203.

The department participates in the following interdisciplinary study programs: Institute for Ethnic Studies, Global Studies, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Womens and Gender Studies.

Students may receive full credit at the University of Nebraska for education abroad programs in many countries, among these are Costa Rica, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Japan, and the Czech Republic. See for a guide to these programs.

Auditing. Audits are allowed in 101 in French, German and Spanish only upon recommendation of the Modern Language Placement Advisors. Otherwise no audits are allowed in 100- and 200-level classes.

Literature in Translation

The Department offers the following literature in translation courses for which no knowledge of a foreign language is necessary. Check the Office of the University Registrar's website at to determine which are being taught in any given semester: MODL 234D Major Themes in World Literature (ENGL 234D); MODL 298, MODL 398 Special Topics; FREN 282 and GERM 282 French/German Literature in Translation; SPAN 264 and SPAN 265 Spanish-American Literature in Translation I & II; MODL 442/GERM 442/842 Survey of Medieval German Literature in Translation; JAPN 331 Introduction to Japanese Film; JAPN 483 Modern Japanese Literature & Culture in Translation; and RUSS 482 and RUSS 483 Russian Literature in Translation I & II.

Graduate Work. The advanced degrees of master of arts and doctor of philosophy are offered in French, German, and Spanish. For details, see the Graduate Studies Bulletin.


Specific Major Requirements

27 hours of courses

- 6 hours of SPAN 305 and SPAN 317

- 3 hours from SPAN 321 or SPAN 331

- 6 additional elective hours of SPAN courses at the 300 level (above SPAN 305)

- 9 elective hours of SPAN courses at the 400 level

- 3 additional elective hours of courses at the 300 or 400 level. These additional 3 hours may be:

- from a SPAN course above SPAN 305

- from one of the following courses:

AHIS 456 Pre-Columbian Art

AHIS 457 Colonial Art of Latin America

ANTH 350 Peoples & Cultures of Native Latin America (ETHN 350)

ANTH 436 The Ancient Maya (LAMS 436)

HIST 357 Mexican-American History (ETHN 357/LAMS 357)

HIST 370 Colonial Mexico (ETHN 370)

HIST 371 Modern Mexico (ETHN 371)

HIST 372 Revolutions in 20th-Century Latin America

HIST 373 Latin America & Global Relations (ETHN 373/LAMS 373)

HIST 470 Digital History

HIST 476A Gender & Sexuality in Latin America (ETHN 476A/WMNS 476A)

PHIL 305 Introduction to Philosophy of Language

PSYC 360 Psychology of Language

THEA 368 Digital Media Production

Minor Requirements

A minor is required and may be taken in any area.

Program Assessment. In order to assist the department in evaluating the effectiveness of its programs, majors will be required to assemble a portfolio. A faculty advisor will inform students of the required contents of the portfolio, deadlines and procedures. During their last semester, Spanish majors will be required to provide oral and written materials for their portfolios.

Results of participation in this assessment activity will in no way affect a students GPA or graduation.


Grade Rules

Pass/No Pass Limits

No courses in the department may be taken by students majoring or minoring in modern languages for Pass/No Pass credit.


Plan A

12 hours of courses numbered at 305 or above. In addition to 305 (which is compulsory for Plan A), 6 hours from 311, 312, 314, or 315; and 3 hours from 317, 319, 321, or 331.