Foreign Language


The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers multifaceted French and Spanish graduate-level courses which, in tandem with the offerings in the School of Education, address the diverse global and intellectual challenges facing future educators and citizens of the 21st century.

Whether at the undergraduate or at the graduate level, our programs are rooted in diversity within and across cultures. We foster the international exchange of knowledge and information between humanities scholars, teachers and other professionals. Our instructional methods are aligned with national standards. The foreign language experience at UAB includes classroom learning, scholarship and research, experiential learning, and extracurricular opportunities. We offer graduate students a unique opportunity to interact with scholars and engage as well with faculty dedicated to serving their profession. Our UAB Foreign Languages and Literatures faculty are engaged in their state and/or national professional teaching associations, serving on boards, organizing professional workshops, working every day to build connections and to enhance foreign language education opportunities in our state and beyond.

At the graduate level the UAB Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers courses in culture, civilization, cinema and culture studies, linguistics, and literature.

For more information, visit the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures web site at

Foreign Language Graduate Studies

M.A. in Education (French/Spanish)

At UAB, the Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) program for the teaching of World Languages (French and Spanish) consists of two tracks—traditional and alternative. The traditional track is for prospective students who completed an undergraduate degree in French or Spanish education, who already hold certification for teaching French or Spanish, and who wish to earn advanced certification. The alternative track is for prospective students who have an undergraduate degree with a 2.75+ GPA from a regionally accredited college, have passed the ETS Core Academic Skills Exam and the Praxis in French or Spanish, and who wish to earn initial certification for teaching French or Spanish in grades PK-12. Detailed information is provided on the School of Education website:

Information sessions are offered on a weekly basis. Confirm your attendance by contacting Dr. Susan Spezzini (, Program Director for Secondary and K-12 programs. These information sessions take place as follows:

Alternative Master’s               Mondays at 5:00 in EB 100

Traditional Master’s               Thursdays at 4:00 in EB 100

For advising in World Language Education, contact:
Dr. Krista Chambless (, Advisor for World Language Education

FLL-Foreign Languages Courses

FLL 585. Foreign Language Seminar. 3 Hours.

Advanced seminar on broad cultural and cross-cultural topics in foreign languages; taught in English, readings and assignment in foreign languages.

SPA-Spanish Courses

SPA 501. Discourse of Imperial Spain, 1492-1898. 3 Hours.

Civilization of Imperial Spain from the end of the Reconquest to the late-nineteenth century. Includes art, history, music, oral traditions and literature of the Spanish people. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 502. Discourse of Colonial Latin America, 1492-1920. 3 Hours.

Civilization of Colonial Latin America from the advent of European dominance to the decades following the Spanish- American War and Mexican Revolution.Focus on the blending of Spanish, Amerindian and African cultural forms and their diverse literary expressions.

SPA 503. Discourse of Comtemporary Spain, 1898-Present. 3 Hours.

Cultural and literary trends of Spain from the transformation of Spanish Society in the late-nineteenth century to the post-France era. Focus on impact of the Spanish Civil War.

SPA 504. Medicine and Literature in the Spanish-Speaking World. 3 Hours.

How does literature help us to understand the relationship between medicine, culture, and politics? This class, which seeks answers and related questions, focuses on the role of medical science in literary and cultural texts from Latin American countries, Spain, and the United States. Students will read short stories, poems, novel excerpts, and essays, and they will interpret films and visual art to discuss how science and the humanities supplement one another to create a richer understanding of the human body and its role in the historical development of Europe and the Americas. Graduate Students will have assignments beyond undergraduates and projects tailored to high school teaching. Offered in Spanish.

SPA 505. US Latino Writers. 3 Hours.

Literary trends of Spanish-speaking cultures within the borders of the United States. Focuses on discourse of exile, migration, bilingualism, and hybridity.

SPA 507. Indigenous and Indigenist Latin America. 3 Hours.

Cultural and literary forms of Amerindian, Hispanic or mixed decent writers of Latin America. Focus on the concepts of hybridity, syncretism and mestizaje.

SPA 509. Spanish-Speaking Nobel Laureates. 3 Hours.

Literary masterpieces of the Spanish-speaking wourld.

SPA 511. Cervantes and the Quixote. 3 Hours.

This course will review the major episodes of Don Quixote de La Mancha, one of the most influential works of Spanish and World literature, as well as other selected works written by Cervantes. Emphasis will be given to the author’s unique contribution to the birth of the modern novel and his ingenuity to create stories that transformed all literary genres. These readings will be analyzed within the civilization of the Golden Age of Spain, while exploring a diverse array of topics, such as: love and marriage, religion, race, class, magic, madness, and honor. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 512. Discourse of Contemporary Latin America, 1920-Present. 3 Hours.

Cultural and literary trends of Latin America from la nueva narrativa through the Boom and post-Boom periods. Focus on Mexico, Northern Latin America, and the Southern Cone.

SPA 514. Afro-Hispanic Discourse. 3 Hours.

Cultural and literary forms of African-descended writers in the Spanish-speaking world. Focus on the African presence in Medieval and Golden Age Spain, contemporary Spain, Equatorial Guinea, Latin America and/or the Caribbean.

SPA 516. Special Topics in Spanish. 3 Hours.

Seminar on individual authors, specific genres, literary movements, literary discourse/theory, or transatlantic studies. May be repeated for credit.

SPA 520. Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics. 3 Hours.

This advanced Spanish linguistics course is intended to analyze, clarify and expand upon critical aspects of the Spanish language. The course will provide a general understanding of the Spanish sound system (phonetics and phonology), morphology and syntax, as well as an introduction of relevant topics within the field of Hispanic linguistics.

SPA 530. Spanish Sociolinguistics. 3 Hours.

This advanced Spanish linguistics course provides a general overview of sociolinguistics and the pragmatics of oral communication in Spanish. This course studies the Spanish language in its social context. In addition to specific regional linguistic features, social factors such as geography, social class, politics, race, gender, economics, education and history are discussed as determiners of the linguistic landscape.

SPA 540. History of Spanish Language. 3 Hours.

This advanced Spanish linguistics course provides a general overview of the evolution of Spanish language, while relating it to relevant historical events. It pays special attention to diachronic change in order to understand the phenomenon of language variation in a multicultural society.

SPA 550. Spanish Second Language Acquisition. 3 Hours.

This course describes the cognitive, developmental and linguistic processes involved in the acquisition of Spanish as a second language while exploring the basic research techniques used in the field.

SPA 560. Globalization in the Hispanic World. 3 Hours.

This graduate-level course develops a constructivist framework for the study of contemporary globalization issues in the Hispanic world by engaging students in higher-level discussions and critical thinking. Through films, music and literature, and guided research, course explores history, politics, economics and sociocultural issues of the recent Spanish-speaking world. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 561. Contemporary Spain & Globalization. 3 Hours.

This graduate-level course develops a constructivist framework for the study of contemporary Spain by engaging students in higher-level discussions and critical thinking. Through films, music and literature, and guided research, course explores recent Spanish history, politics, economics and sociocultural issues. Conducted in Spanish.

SPA 590. Study Abroad. 1-6 Hour.

Fifth-year level of approved program in a Spanish speaking country.

SPA 599. Independent Studies. 3 Hours.

Individual studies in Spanish.


Arribas, Julian, Professor and Chair, 2015, BS (Universidad Pontificia - Spain); ABD (University de Salamanca); MA, PhD (Michigan)
Chambless, Krista, Assistant Professor of Spanish, 2006, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Alabama)
Daniélou, Catherine F., Associate Professor of French; Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, 1990, Licence-ès-Lettres, Maîtrise-ès-Lettres (Sorbonne), M.A., Ph.D. (Michigan State)
Maddox, John, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages, 2014, B.A., B.S.Ed., M.A. (Georgia), Ph.D. (Vanderbilt)
Mayoral-Hernández, Roberto, Associate Professor of Spanish, 2008, Licenciatura (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Diploma de Estudios Avanzados (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Ph.D. (Southern California)
Moore, John K., Associate Professor of Spanish, 2003, B.A. (University of the South), M.A.T. (Middle Tennessee State), Ph.D. (North Carolina-Chapel Hill)
Orihuela, Carlos L., Professor of Spanish, 1994, B.A. - Licenciatura in Literature (Universidad Nacíonal Mayor De San Marcos, Lima), M.A., Ph.D. (Pittsburgh)
O’Leary, Malinda Blair, Assistant Professor of Spanish, 2005, B.A., M.Ed. (UAB), Ph.D. (Alabama)
Sánchez-López, Lourdes, Associate Professor of Spanish; Director, Spanish for Specific Purposes Certificate Program, 2001, B.A. (Universidad de Granada), M.A. (Southern Mississippi), M.A., Ph.D. (Universidad de Jaén)