Why do Spanish and UTEP make the perfect match? First, because of our strategic position on the U.S./Mexico border, in the world's largest bi-national metropolitan area. Second, because we are the largest Mexican American majority university in the country and third, because UTEP's unique multicultural setting is mirrored in El Paso's78% Hispanic population. So studying Spanish at UTEP definitely makes perfect sense! But it also makes sense in a national context, for the linguistic map of the United States shows that Spanish is the second most-spoken language in the country and our Hispanic population now tops 50 million. What's more, Spanish is the third most-spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese and English, and globally, it is the mother tongue of approximately 350 million people!

Spanish language studies at UTEP reflect this growing importance of the Spanish-speaking world--right here on the US/Mexico border, nationally and world-wide. Our basic language program allows students to fulfill their language requirement for the College of Liberal Arts and for some majors in other UTEP colleges. Our basic language courses are organized in two distinct tracks: one for Heritage speakers and the other for non-Spanish speakers. For students who want to further their language skills, the Department of Languages and Linguistics offers upper-division language courses; for an on-site language experience, students can study abroad The Department of Languages and Linguistics has its own specially designed and very successful Maymester program for UTEP students in Sevilla, Spain

Who Should Take Which Spanish Courses?

Students with no or very little knowledge of Spanish register for SPAN1301. Those who have acquired a significant knowledge of the language (by taking two or more years of high school Spanish) are strongly urged to take the Spanish Placement Exam. Those who know Spanish by virtue of using it with family or friends MUST take the Spanish Placement Exam before enrolling. The Placement Exam is offered by the Student Assessment and Testing Office, 127 Academic Advising Center (telephone915.747.5009 for schedule). The Department of Languages and Linguistics reserves the right to rectify errors in placement caused by a student's failure to observe these guidelines, including the option to drop a student enrolled in an inappropriate course. Students who take the Placement Exam and place out of one or more courses will receive equivalent credit upon completion, with a grade of C or better, for the course into which they have placed. No credit is granted by examination only. For further information, including about the CLEP and AP exams, students should consult the Spanish advisor,                      

 Ms. Rosa MarĂ­a Tabuenca:


Lower-division courses in Spanish

SPAN 1301 - Spanish One
Spanish One (3-0) An introductory course for non-Spanish speakers with emphasison pronunciation and the basic elements of grammar; practice in understanding,speaking, reading, and writing.

SPAN 1302 - Spanish Two
Spanish Two (3-0) A continuation of Spanish 1301, with the introduction of morecomplex elements of grammar; additional practice in the four basic skills. Prerequisite:SPAN 1301 or department placement exam.
SPAN 1601 - Intensive Elementary Spanish (3-5) This is an intensive course tobe given in the summer for four weeks. It is the equivalent of Spanish 1301 and1302. The course has been carefully reconfigured and adapted to an acceleratedformat, with a significant WEBCT component. Instructors undergo training toadapt to the intensive format.

SPAN 1602 - Intensive Intermediate Spanish (5-3) This is an intensive course tobe given in the summer for 4 weeks. It is the equivalent of Spanish2301&2302. The course has been carefully reconfigured and adapted to anaccelerated format, with a significant WEBCT component. Instructors undergotraining to adapt to this intensive format. Prerequisite: SPAN 1301 and SPAN1302, or SPAN 1601 with a grade of "C" or better.

SPAN 2301 - Interm Spanish One Non-Spanish Speakers
Intermediate Spanish One for Non-Spanish Speakers (3-0) (Common Course NumberSPAN 2311) A course emphasizing development of conversational and readingskills. Review and continuation of grammar study begun in Spanish 1301 and1302. Readingsfrom contemporary sources. Prerequisite: SPAN 1302 or department placementexam. Course fee required.

SPAN 2302 - Interm Spanish Two Non-Spanish Speakers
Intermediate Spanish Two For Non-Spanish Speakers (3-0) (Common Course NumberSPAN 2312) A continuation of Spanish 2301, with some grammar review and moreextensive readings from the contemporary period. Prerequisite: SPAN 2301 ordepartment placement exam. Course fee required.

SPAN 2303 - Spanish For Heritage Speakers One
Spanish for Heritage Speakers One (3-0) A first course for bilingual studentswho have acquired listening and speaking skills in Spanish because it is spokenin their home or social environment. Development of reading and writing skills,with attention to spelling and use of the written accent. Entrance into SPAN2303 is by examination only; completion of this course with a grade of"C" or better entitles a student to eight hours of credit by examinationfor SPAN 1401 and SPAN 1402. Prerequisite: Department placement exam. Coursefee required.

SPAN 2304 - Spanish for Heritage Speakers Two
Spanish for Spanish Speakers Two (3-0) A continuation of Spanish 2303, withadditional opportunities for reading and composition, a review of the writtenaccent, and an introduction to the systematic study of Spanish grammar.Prerequisite: SPAN 2303 or department placement exam. Course fee required.

SPAN 2603: Intensive Spanish for Heritage Speakers (5-3) This is an intensivecourse to be given in the summer for 4 weeks. The course is equivalent toSpanish 2303 & 2304. The course has been carefully reconfigured and adaptedto an accelerated format, with a significant WEBCT component. Instructorsundergo training to adapt to the intensive format.