Spanish Undergraduate Program

UWM Schedule of Classes - Spanish


The Spanish Undergraduate Program consists of courses in language, literature, linguistics, and culture. Courses are offered regularly in the day as well as in the evening in order to meet the scheduling needs of all students.

Students who have never taken Spanish should begin their study of the language with Spanish 103. Students who have taken some Spanish in high school can begin at a more advanced level, depending on the results of the placement test and on how many years of high school Spanish they have had.

It is possible to receive up to fourteen retroactive credits of Spanish if, after having been placed in a certain course because of previous work in the language, the student passes with a grade of at least B; in other words, s/he may receive credit for all the courses leading up to the one s/he placed in. The courses that generate L&S credits for demonstrated equivalent preparation (retroactive credits) are 104 (4 credits), 203 (8 credits), 204 (11 credits) 308, 318, 319 or 341 (14 credits).

The basic four-semester sequence of Spanish courses, 103, 104, 203 and 204 prepares students to do more advanced work in language, literature, and culture. The basic sequence is designed to give students a working level of ability in the four basic skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The Program also offers an alternative 4-semester language sequence (Spanish 110, 111, 210, and 211) for students who wish to focus on their speaking and listening skills, but these courses do not generate retroactive credits, nor do they prepare students to advance to 300-level courses.

In Spanish 308 and 318, students continue to develop their language skills through advanced reading and writing and in advanced speaking and listening. For students that have fluency in the language because of speaking it at home, the department offers Spanish 319, Advanced Speaking and Listening for Heritage Speakers, instead of Spanish 318. Spanish 319 is designed to develop the proficiency of speakers in speaking and listening.

More advanced 300-level courses cover introductions to the fields of linguistics, literature and culture, and language for special purposes (translation, business and medicine). Advanced courses at the 400- and 500-levels offer students the opportunity to pursue more in-depth study of these fields, while continuing to perfect their command of Spanish.

Advanced language

  • 308 Advanced Writing and Reading
  • 315 Spanish Immersion Experience
  • 318 Advanced Speaking and Listening OR
  • 319 Advanced Speaking and Listening for Heritage Speakers


  • 377 Introduction to Galician Culture
  • 391 Social and Historical Issues in the Hispanic World
  • 461 Topics in Hispanic Culture

Language for the professions

  • 332 and 442 Business and Legal Spanish I and II
  • 338 and 388 Spanish for Health Professions & Health Issues in Hispanic World
  • 347 and 447 Introductory and Advanced Translation (Spanish > English)
  • 348 and 448 Introductory and Advanced Translation (English > Spanish)
  • 349 and 449 Introductory Interpreting and Advanced Court Interpreting


  • 341 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
  • 441 History and Dialects of the Spanish Language
  • 443 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
  • 444 Spanish Syntax and Morphology
  • 446 Hispanic Sociolinguistics
  • 545 Seminar on Hispanic Linguistics

Literature and Civilization

  • 350 Introduction to Literary Analysis
  • 411 The Enlightenment in Spain
  • 470 Survey of Hispanic Literature and Civilization
  • 472 Survey of Spanish-American Literature and Civilization
  • 474 Survey of Spanish Literature and Civilization
  • 506 Seminar on Spanish Literature
  • 507 Seminar on Spanish-American Literature
  • 508 Seminar on Hispanic Literature
  • 570 Seminar in Spanish Golden Age Literature
  • 571 Seminar in Spanish-American Colonial Literature and Civilization
  • 572 Seminar on Cervantes
  • 575 Seminar on 18th & 19th Century Spanish-American Literature & Civilization
  • 577 Seminar on Modern Spanish-American Literature and Civilization
  • 578 Seminar on Modern Spanish Literature and Civilization
  • 580 Seminar on Spanish Romanticism and Realism

Literature courses named Hispanic deal with subjects that are both Spanish and Spanish American, including Hispanic culture in the U.S. All 500-level courses are subtitled, meaning that the specific topic may change each time that they are offered.

Literature in Translation

  • 380 Spanish Literature in Translation
  • 383 Spanish-American Literature in Translation

Latino Literature

  • 371 Introduction to Latino literature in English
  • 373 Topics in Latino literature in English

Honors in Spanish
Designed for students who want to excel in their study of the Hispanic world, in the areas of linguistics, literature or culture.

  • 381 Honors Seminar