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Spanish and Portuguese

Overview

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers majors and minors in Spanish and Portuguese, and certificates in business Spanish and Spanish for the medical professions. There are also study abroad and scholarship opportunities for students of both languages. 

Spanish

With 483 million native speakers, 75 million second-language speakers, and 22 million students, Spanish is the world's second most-spoken native language and fourth most-spoken language. It is an official language of the United Nations and many other international organizations, as well as 20 nations in Europe, the Americas, and Africa. Truly a global language, Spanish is important in trade, politics, history/culture, and beyond.

UT offers Spanish for both beginners, and for heritage speakers, to make classes as relevant as possible to your needs as learners. 

The intro to Spanish course is SPN 601: check out this video for an overview.

If you grew up with family or other community members speaking Spanish, then SPN 604 is tailored to your needs. See the video here.

If you are interested in exploring more about Spanish, you might enjoy these links from the BBC Languages website:

Portuguese

Portuguese is a global language with 223 million native speakers and a further 20 million second-language speakers, mainly in Portugal, Brazil, and southern and western Africa. It is the world's sixth most widely-spoken native language. It is an official language of the European Union, the African Union, several other international organizations, and 9 countries.

Spanish and Portuguese at UT is the home of the Portuguese Flagship Program. Check out this video about it!

And see student testimonials here:

If you are interested in exploring more about Portuguese, you might enjoy these links from the BBC Languages website:

Your Route to a Major/Minor

In order to take upper division Spanish courses in the department, students must complete the last course in the lower division sequence:

  • SPN 311 and SPN 314 combined (non-heritage track)
  • SPN 311J and SPN 314J combined (heritage track)
  • SPN 611D or SPN 612 or SPN 312L (in transfer)
  • Prerequisites are strictly enforced to move into upper division courses.

In order to take upper division Portuguese courses in the department, students must complete the last course in the lower division sequence:

  • POR 311C and POR 314C combined
  • POR 311J and POR 314J combined (Spanish speaker track)
  • POR 611D or POR 611S or POR 312L in transfer
  • Prerequisites are strictly enforced to move into upper division courses.

Majors are offered in Spanish and Portuguese. The majors consist of 27 semester hours of upper division coursework in the relevant language, including: SPN or POR 327C, Advanced Grammar and Writing in Context SPN or POR 328C, Introduction to Literatures and Cultures SPN or POR 330L, Introduction to Language and Linguistics in Society One Capstone Seminar (3 semester hours). Only one Capstone will count. SPN 379C, Capstone Seminar in Literatures and Cultures SPN 379L, Capstone Seminar in Linguistics POR 379C, Capstone Seminar in Literatures and Cultures POR 379L, Capstone Seminar in Linguistics. In addition, students will take 15 additional semester hours of Spanish or Portuguese course work.

Study Abroad

Opportunities in: Salvador de Bahia, Brazil; Santander, Spain; Havana, Cuba

Departmental Scholarships

Maureen Sowell Endowed Presidential Scholarship for $1,500
FLAS
Flagship Scholarship (for Portuguese)
ROTC Scholarship
Critical Language Scholarship

Questions?

If you have any questions about studying in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, you can most likely find them on the website. Dr. Kelly McDonough, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, explains how to navigate the site here.

Summer 2020 Course Offerings

  • SPN 601D First Year Spanish I
    Introduction to Spanish. No course prerequisites.
  • SPN 610D First Year Spanish II
    Second-semester Spanish. Follows SPN 601D.
  • SPN 611D Second Year Spanish
    Third-semester Spanish. Follows SPN 610 D.
  • SPN F327C Advanced Grammar/Writing in Context
    Study and practice of Spanish grammar that includes reading exercises and guided composition designed to develop writing skills across styles. Students will be exposed to various topics in Spanish language, literature, and culture. With Dr. Sean Manning.
  • SPN F330L Introduction to Language and Linguistics in Society
    Examines the dynamics of language structure and use throughout the Spanish-speaking world, and covers topics such as sound systems, grammatical structures, historical developments, language learning and loss, and dialect differences and their social significance. With Dr. Chiyo Nishida.