Modern Languages at UTA
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Ray Elliott

A. Raymond Elliott

Section Head of Spanish
Associate Professor

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Catherine Ortiz

Catherine Ortiz

Lower Level Spanish Coordinator
Senior Lecturer

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Spanish Language

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Welcome to the Spanish section!


Welcome to the Spanish Section of the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Texas at Arlington! Our mission is to promote global competence through the study of the Spanish language and the diverse literatures and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish is the second-most widely spoken language in the world with over 400 million native speakers who are spread across more than 20 countries on four continents. As one of the official languages of the United Nations and the European Union, Spanish is a global language at the forefront of transnational, transatlantic and transpacific diplomacy and commerce. It is tightly woven into the past, present and future of Texas and the United States and is thus directly relevant to our day-to-day life in Texas. Indeed, Spanish is expected to be the first language of at least 50% of the U.S. population within 50 years.

Our innovative curriculum is designed to maximize the success of both language learners and heritage speakers of Spanish who grew up with Spanish at home. Through experiential learning in language classes, as well as in more advanced courses in literature, culture, linguistics, interpreting, localization and translation, we train our students to be translingual and transcultural. In addition to linguistic and cultural competence, students gain valuable skills in critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving.

Spanish graduates are prepared for job opportunities in a wide range of fields:

  • The language services industry (localization and translation)
  • Education
  • Research
  • Writing, publishing, and the media
  • Health, legal, and social services
  • Business
  • Government
  • International relations
  • The cultural heritage sector: museums, libraries, and archives

Explore Spanish at UTA—¡Sí se puede!


Courses

In addition to language classes, which focus on the development of linguistic skills in speaking, listening, reading, and writing, the Spanish section offers advanced courses on a diverse range of topics and specialties in literature, culture, linguistics, interpreting, localization and translation, Spanish for the Professions, and Business Spanish. Some courses are available online.

See descriptions here.



Programs


Undergraduate Programs
  • BA in Spanish for Global Competence

    All majors in Spanish for Global Competence are required to take:

    • SPAN 1441 Beginning Spanish I
    • SPAN 1442 Beginning Spanish II
    • SPAN 2313 Intermediate Spanish I
    • SPAN 2314 Intermediate Spanish II, or SPAN 2315 Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers*
    • SPAN 3314 Advanced Spanish Grammar, or SPAN 3305 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers*
    • SPAN 3315 Composition Through Literature
    • SPAN 3319 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
    • 15 additional hours in Spanish at the 3000/4000 level, at least nine of which must be at the 4000 level. Note that Business Spanish (SPAN 4335), Spanish Translation (SPAN 4341, SPAN 4342), and Spanish Interpreting (SPAN 4343, SPAN 4344) CANNOT be taken to fulfill this requirement.

    *HERITAGE SPEAKERS OF SPANISH

    Students who grew up speaking Spanish at home are considered Heritage Speakers of Spanish; they are not permitted to take SPAN 2314 or 3314. They take SPAN 2315 and 3305 instead. If you are not sure whether you are a heritage speaker, please contact the MODL Undergraduate Advisor.

  • BA in Spanish Translation and Interpreting

    All majors in Spanish Translation and Interpreting are required to take:

    • SPAN 1441 Beginning Spanish I
    • SPAN 1442 Beginning Spanish II
    • SPAN 2313 Intermediate Spanish I
    • SPAN 2314 Intermediate Spanish II, or SPAN 2315 Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers*
    • SPAN 3303 Spanish Conversation, or SPAN 3312 Latin American Culture and Civilization*
    • SPAN 3314 Advanced Spanish Grammar, or SPAN 3305 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers*
    • SPAN 3315 Composition Through Literature
    • SPAN 3340 Introduction To Translation
    • SPAN 3341 Introduction To Interpreting
    • SPAN 4341 Business and Legal Translation
    • SPAN 4342 Medical, Scientific, and Technical Translation
    • SPAN 4343 Interpreting in Medical Settings
    • SPAN 4344 Interpreting in Legal Settings

    *HERITAGE SPEAKERS OF SPANISH

    Students who grew up speaking Spanish at home are considered Heritage Speakers of Spanish; they are not permitted to take SPAN 2314, 3303, or 3314. For the major in Spanish Translation and Interpreting, they take SPAN 2315, 3312, and 3305 instead. If you are not sure whether you are a heritage speaker, please contact the MODL Undergraduate Advisor.

  • BBA in International Business-Spanish

    In cooperation with MODL, the College of Business Administration offers a Bachelor of Business Administration with a dual concentration in International Business and Spanish.

    See descriptions here.

  • Minor in Spanish

    People with foreign language abilities have a distinct advantage in the career marketplace, and they can use those skills to assist them in varying fields, such as business, medicine, law, etc. Minoring in Spanish is a great way for you to gain a distinguishing, marketable skill while opening your eyes to another culture.

    REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN SPANISH

    • SPAN 1442*
    • SPAN 2313
    • SPAN 2314 OR SPAN 2315
    • 9 hours of 3000- or 4000-level Spanish coursework

    * Note: Although SPAN 1441 is not required for the minor, SPAN 1441 with a grade of C or better is the prerequisite for SPAN 1442. Likewise, a C or better is required for each course in the series in order to enroll in the next.

  • Minor in Localization and Translation-Spanish
  • Certificate in Spanish Translation

    In the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, as in the rest of the United States and around the globe, there is a dramatic demand for professionals with a command of both Spanish and English who are capable of effectively translating from Spanish into English and vice versa. To help prepare students for this global market, MODL is pleased to offer a Certificate in Spanish Translation.

    THE PROGRAM

    Students interested in receiving theoretical and practical training in Spanish-English and English-Spanish translation should apply for this 15-hour certificate program, which provides hand-on experience in translation, localization, computer-assisted translation, and translation theory. Topics to be covered by coursework in the Certificate in Spanish Translation include medical, business, technical, scientific, legal, and literary translation. Prospective students must demonstrate writing proficiency in both Spanish and English.

    PREREQUISITES

    • SPAN 3314 Advanced Spanish Grammar, or SPAN 3305 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers
    • SPAN 3315 Composition through Literature

    REQUIRED COURSES:

    • SPAN 3340 Introduction to Translation
    • SPAN 4341 Business and Legal Translation
    • SPAN 4342 Medical, Scientific, and Technical Translation

    PROGRAM COMPLETION

    To receive the certificate, students are also required to pass an Exit Examination in translation.

  • Certificate in Spanish Interpreting

    In the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, as in the rest of the United States and around the globe, there is a dramatic demand for professionals with a command of both Spanish and English who are capable of effectively interpreting from Spanish into English and vice versa. To help prepare students for this global market, MODL is pleased to offer a Certificate in Spanish Interpreting.

    THE PROGRAM

    Students interested in receiving theoretical and practical training in Spanish-English and English-Spanish interpreting should apply for this 15-hour certificate program, which provides hand-on experience with community interpreting and interpretation theory. Topics to be covered by coursework in the Certificate in Spanish Interpreting include interpreting in medical and legal settings. Prospective students must demonstrate oral proficiency in both Spanish and English.

    PREREQUISITES

    • SPAN 2314 Intermediate Spanish II, or SPAN 2315 Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers
    • SPAN 3314 Advanced Spanish Grammar, or SPAN 3305 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers

    REQUIRED COURSES:

    • SPAN 3341 Introduction to Interpreting
    • SPAN 4343 Interpreting in Medical Settings
    • SPAN 4344 Interpreting in Legal Settings
  • Certificate in Spanish for the Professions

    In the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, as in the rest of the United States and around the globe, there is a dramatic demand for professionals with Spanish-language skills appropriate for the workplace. To help prepare students for this global market, MODL is pleased to offer a Certificate in Spanish for the Professions.

    THE PROGRAM

    Students interested in receiving theoretical and practical training in Spanish for the Professions should apply for this 15-hour certificate program, which will prepare them to work with Spanish-speaking individuals and in Spanish-language contexts. Topics to be covered by coursework in the Certificate in Spanish for the Professions include Spanish for law enforcement, social services, education, medical professions, business, communications; Hispanic culture; and intercultural competence.

    REQUIRED COURSES:

    • SPAN 3309 Spanish for the Professions
    • SPAN 3314 Advanced Spanish Grammar, or SPAN 3305 Advanced Spanish for Heritage Speakers
    • SPAN 3315 Composition Through Literature
    • Two (2) 4000-level courses from the following:
      • SPAN 4312 Intercultural Competence for Global Communication
      • SPAN 4334 Contemporary Hispanic Culture
      • SPAN 4335 Business Spanish
      • SPAN 4336 Topics in Spanish for the Professions
Graduate Programs
  • Master of Arts in Modern Languages with Concentration in Spanish
  • Graduate Certificate in Spanish


Spanish Writing Center


The Spanish Writing Center

The mission of the Spanish Writing Center is to provide support to Spanish students in editing and correcting the texts they write in their courses. We offer help for all levels and for all varieties of texts. The Center also provides tutoring services to Spanish majors and minors, as well as outreach, in the form of design and technical support, in the UTA community and beyond.

Location

The Spanish Writing Center is housed in the Lounge of the Language Acquisition Center in Trimble Hall 303


Student Group


La Sociedad Hispánica

La Sociedad Hispánica (LSH) is a community for students of Spanish or those simply interested in promoting the Hispanic culture on campus. All UTA students with interest in the Spanish language and Hispanic culture may become members. The club is an organization where students can:

  • Plan cultural events.
  • Attend activities in a friendly atmosphere.
  • Participate in volunteering opportunities and fund-raising for charity.
  • Explore future careers.
  • Develop their skills in Spanish by tutoring in Spanish among the members.

Faculty Advisor

  • Dr. Ana Gregorio-Cano

For More Information:


Study Abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico


Study Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico at The Spanish Language Institute (SLI).

Cuernavaca is a charming colonial city with a population of 500,000. It is located in the heart of Mexico (50 miles south of Mexico City) and is known for its Eternal Spring. Live with a Mexican host family and completely immerse yourself in the language and culture of Mexico through constant contact with these and other native speakers. Small group classes are conducted in Spanish at the Spanish Language Institute, a professional language school devoted to the teaching of the Spanish language and the culture of Latin America.

For more information about the UTA Summer Study Abroad Program in Cuernavaca contact Dr. Ray Elliott, or visit the UTA in Cuernavaca, Mexico, Blog

Information about the Spanish Language Institute on TripAdvisor

Other Opportunities

For other Study Abroad Programs, check with the UTA Office of International Education.

Mesa Español

Mesa Española is an informal conversation hour for non-native students of Spanish. Come join us to practice your spoken Spanish among your peers! Conversations revolve around a wide range of engaging topics.

Click here to see this semester’s schedule.