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Spanish at the University of North Dakota
With 427,000,000 native speakers in 23 countries across five continents, plus an additional 94,000,000 second language speakers worldwide, Spanish is the third most commonly spoken language in the world. The United States is now second only to Mexico with respect to the number of Spanish speakers. The pivotal role of the Spanish language in today’s global economy and culture is undeniable. The art, architecture, literature, cinema, dance, music, cuisine and popular culture of the Hispanic world are known, appreciated and studied around the world.
Here at UND, we believe that studying Spanish can enrich one’s life and enhance one’s professional opportunities. We also believe that language and culture cannot be separated. Even in introductory language courses, you will also learn about the culture. This combination of linguistic and cultural knowledge is essential for interacting with Spanish speakers, whether abroad or here in the United States. Our majors and minors recognize the value of combining a strong background in Spanish with other fields of study, including health care professions, law, social sciences, criminal justice, business, entrepreneurship, accounting, political science, international studies, aviation, engineering and many more. We also offer a Spanish teaching major track that meets the requirements for licensure set by the State of North Dakota.
We encourage our students to study abroad, and have approved four programs (two in Spain, one in Chile and one in Perú) whose credits automatically fulfill requirements for the Spanish major/minor. We also offer opportunities on campus for students to practice Spanish and experience Hispanic cultures outside of the classroom, including Mesa Española, Hispanic Film Series and the Organization of Latino Americans (OLA).
If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact any of the faculty members listed below.
|Jane Berne||Merrifield 23-C||701-777-4653||Profile||link|
|Jesús García Martín||Merrifield 307||701-777-2866||Profile||link|
|Debra Maury||Merrifield 314||701-777-4663||Profile||link|
|Claudia Routon||Merrifield 306||701-777-4660||Profile||link|
|Carmen Rygg||Merrifield 307||701-777-4664||Profile||link|
View list of Spanish courses offered
Spanish resources at the Chester Fritz Library