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  • El Cafecito
    El Cafecito is an informal hour of conversation held multiple times weekly in the Language and Culture Lab, with some hybrid sessions also available. For the current schedule, see El Cafecito.
  • Language and Culture Lab
    The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures operates the Language and Culture Lab, located in Building 15/Room 1105.
  • Le petit café
    Le petit café is an hour of conversation in French, hosted by members of the UNF French faculty. Sessions in Spring 2023 will take place Wednesdays, 10-11 AM, and Thursdays, 11 AM-Noon, in the Language and Culture Lab (Building 15/Room 1105).
  • Virtual Language Lab

    The Virtual Language Lab allows students to practice the material they are covering in lower-level French and Spanish courses. Sessions are organized by level, with some open to students in any course. The schedules and Zoom links can be found in the Canvas group sites for the French Program and the Spanish Program.

  • Honors in the Major in Spanish

    To earn honors in Spanish, students whose applications are approved must fulfill the requirements of the major with a 3.2 GPA in their major courses, and must complete three experiences that fall within the following categories:

    1. complete a research project, or a creative project, in a 3000- or 4000-level course with the prefix SPN or SPW, and present it in a public venue as part of a presentation that is not already a requirement of that course;*
    2. participate in a study-abroad trip led by a member of the UNF Spanish faculty or a semester-long experience involving upper-level coursework in Spanish, either through a UNF exchange, a third-party provider or direct enrollment at a foreign university;
    3. complete an internship for academic credit through the course SPN4940 Internship for Service/Employment in Spanish, or complete an independent research project supervised by a faculty member in the context of SPN4905 Directed Independent Study in Spanish;
    4. complement the major in Spanish with a second major in French Studies, or a minor in Chinese or French; and
    5. complete at least 60 hours of participation in leadership or service activities related to the Spanish language, Spanish-speaking cultures and local or international Spanish-speaking communities through involvement with the UNF Spanish Club, the UNF chapter of Sigma Delta Pi (the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society) or other on-campus clubs or community organizations and institutions.**

    Additional options may be available, in consultation with the chairperson of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

    As each of the categories (a)-(c) above involves an activity that bears at least three hours of credit, the minimum number of hours associated with Honors in the Major for the Spanish B.A. will generally be nine. As categories (d) and (e) do not involve coursework, however, a student selecting these options could potentially complete Honors in the Major with fewer than nine hours of credit. With proper planning, any credit hours related to the Honors in the Major for the Spanish B.A. will count among the required or elective coursework for the major.

     *Examples of public venues include a UNF-affiliated undergraduate research showcase (e.g., SOARS, International Research Symposium), an outside conference or publication, or a special event on campus or in the community.

     **Students should consult with the chairperson of Languages, Literatures and Cultures for approval of activities, for information on tracking hours, and to sign a waiver prior to participating in off-campus activities that will count toward completion of this requirement.

    The language above was approved by the UNF Faculty Association in December 2019.

    To apply for Honors in the Major in Spanish, complete this form: Spanish Major Form.

    To document your completion of the requirements, complete this form: Completion Requirements Form.

    These forms are located in the Canvas group site for the Spanish Program. If you are not already a member of that site, you can self-enroll.

  • Sigma Delta Pi
    Sigma Delta Pi Chapter Logo

    Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, is a non-profit organization that honors those who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language, as well as Hispanic literature and cultures. The chapter seeks to foster friendly relations with other campus and community organizations in order to promote an interest and deeper understanding of Hispanic culture. 

     Member Benefits 

    • Association with the only honor society devoted exclusively to students of Spanish in four-year colleges and universities, the largest foreign-language honor society in existence (over 180,000 members).
    • Exclusive access to Sigma Delta Pi's undergraduate study abroad awards for study in Spanish-speaking countries.
    • Distinctive student honors and awards such as the Gabriela Mistral Award, the Mario Vargas Llosa Award, a joint Sigma Delta Pi-AATSP, and the Ana María Matute Award, a joint Sigma Delta Pi-Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas recognition.
    • Bolstered credentials for any professional field, including business. For example, see the Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions at the website of the United States Office of Personnel Management.

    For more information visit the Sigma Delta Pi website.

    Sigma Delta Pi Requirements 

    • Active membership
    • Each must have completed three years of study of college-level Spanish (eighteen semester credit hours) or the equivalent thereof, including at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization at the junior (third-year) level.
    • The candidate for active membership must have a minimal grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale in all Spanish courses taken.
    • The candidate must rank in the upper 35% of his/her class—sophomore, junior, or senior—and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college work.

    How to Become a Member

    If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact chapter advisers Dr. Nuria Ibáñez (Chapter Adviser) or Dr. Johana Barrero. Please be aware that there is a one-time member fee of $25.

  • Student Conference Participation

    Jessica Cardozo and María Sánchez (with Dr. Constanza López and Michael Boyles). "Voces y Caras: Hispanic Communities of North Florida." Seventh Annual Digital Projects Showcase, Digital Humanities Institute, University of North Florida, Nov. 4, 2022. 

    Stacey Lowey-Ball, Sara Menéndez, and Georgina Wilson Aranguren. "coloniaLab: Editing Local Colonial History." Seventh Annual Digital Projects Showcase, Digital Humanities Institute, University of North Florida, Nov. 4, 2022. Faculty mentor: Dr. Clayton McCarl.

    Melinda Peacock. "Translating Ophir de España by Fernando de Montesinos: A Reflection. Seventh Annual Digital Projects Showcase, Digital Humanities Institute, University of North Florida, Nov. 4, 2022. Faculty mentor: Dr. Clayton McCarl.

    Marisa Pechillo (with Dr. Clayton McCarl). "Editing a Manuscript Account of Johyn Narborough's 1669-1671 Voyage to Chile." Seventh Annual Digital Projects Showcase, Digital Humanities Institute, University of North Florida, Nov. 4, 2022. 

    Stacey Lowey-Ball, Lyn Hemmingway, Melinda Peacock, Emilia Thom, and Georgina Wilson Aranguren (with Dr. Clayton McCarl). “Building Communities of Student Editors.” Association for Documentary Editing, June 24, 2022.

    Melinda Peacock (with Dr. Nathan Gordon and Dr. Clayton McCarl). “Digital Editing as a Space for Shared Pedagogy in Colonial Latin American Studies.” XXXX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, May 5-8, 2022.

    Melinda Peacock. "Making a Bilingual Digital Edition of Ophir de España by Fernando de Montesinos." Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS), April 2022, University of North Florida. Faculty mentor: Dr. Clayton McCarl. Poster.

    Stacey Lowey-Ball. "Multidisciplinary and Community-Based Inquiry: Understanding Healthcare Barriers Faced by the Hispanic Community in Jacksonville." Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS), April 2022, University of North Florida. Faculty mentor: Dr. Nuria Ibáñez. Poster.

    Stacey Lowey-Ball. "Semantic Markup and Contextual Research Related to a Digital Edition of a Seventeenth-Century Spanish Bibliography of the Indies​." Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS), April 2022, University of North Florida. Faculty mentor: Dr. Clayton McCarl. Poster.

    Brianna Armenta (with Dr. Constanza López Baquero). "Marking the Tenth Anniversary of Voces y Caras." Florida Digital Humanities Consortium, Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida, April 2, 2022. 

    Lyn Hemmingway (with Dr. María Ángeles Fernández Cifuentes). "'Dulcinea no parece': Don Quixote in the Cave." Florida Digital Humanities Consortium, Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida, April 2, 2022.

    Melinda Peacock and Stacey Lowey-Ball (with Dr. Nathan Gordon and Dr. Clayton McCarl). “Place as an Organizing Concept in Editing Ophir de España by Fernando de Montesinos.” Florida Digital Humanities Consortium, Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida, April 2, 2022.

    Melinda Peacock. "Bilingual Digital Editing as a Learning Tool." Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, Univ. of Central Florida, Feb. 18-19, 2002. Faculty mentor: Dr. Clayton McCarl.

    Lyn Hemmingway. "Creating a Bilingual Digital Recipe Book with 'La cocina española antigua.'" Sixth Annual Digital Projects Showcase, Digital Humanities Institute, University of North Florida, Nov. 15-19, 2021. Faculty mentor: Dr. María Ángeles Fernández Cifuentes. Poster.

    Alexandra Zapata and Lyn Hemmingway. "Digital Diagram of 'Réquiem por un campesino español.'" Sixth Annual Digital Projects Showcase, Digital Humanities Institute, University of North Florida, Nov. 15-19, 2021. Faculty mentor: Dr. Nuria Ibáñez. Poster.

    Melinda Peacock and Paulino Estévez-Ancira (with Dr. Nathan Gordon and Dr. Clayton McCarl). “Building a Prototype Edition of Ophir de España by Fernando de Montesinos.” Sixth Annual Digital Projects Showcase, Digital Humanities Institute, University of North Florida, Nov. 15-19, 2021. Poster.

    Emilia Thom and Georgina Wilson (with Dr. Clayton McCarl). “Editing the Spanish Colonial Heritage of Northeast Florida.” XXXIX International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, May 26-29, 2021.

    Lyn Hemmingway, Emilia Thom and Matthew Welcome (with Dr. Clayton McCarl and other UNF students). “Digital Editing as Public History Pedagogy.” National Council on Public History (virtual). March-April, 2021. 

    Carol Lynne Hemmingway, Emilia Thom, Georgina Wilson and Alexandra Zapata (with Dr. Clayton McCarl). “coloniaLab: Digital Editing with Students at UNF.” Florida Digital Humanities Consortium webinar series, Feb. 5, 2021. Video.

    Students from SPW3409 Fall 2020. “'Decir a voces esto': Female Authorship in Early Modern Spanish Literature."Fifth Annual Digital Projects Showcase, Digital Humanities Institute, University of North Florida, Nov. 13, 2020. Faculty mentor: Dr. María Ángeles Fernández Cifuentes. Poster.

    Jade Basilius, Alexander Isin, Sara Kunz-Rutigliano, Diego Salinas, and Georgina Wilson "The OER-Immersive Multimedia Materials Project." Fifth Annual Digital Projects Showcase, Digital Humanities Institute, University of North Florida, Nov. 13, 2020. Faculty mentors: Dr. María Ángeles Fernández Cifuentes and Dr. Johana Barrero. Poster.

    Georgina Wilson. “Editing a Map and Two Letters Related to Fort St. Nicholas.” Fifth Annual Digital Projects Showcase, Digital Humanities Institute, University of North Florida, Nov. 13, 2020. Faculty mentor: Dr. Clayton McCarl. Designated “Project of Merit.” Poster. 

    Emilia Thom. “A Prototype Online Archive of Documents Related to Indigenous Peoples in Colonial Spanish Florida.” Fifth Annual Digital Projects Showcase, Digital Humanities Institute, University of North Florida, Nov. 13, 2020. Faculty mentor: Dr. Clayton McCarl. Poster.

    Amarilys Sánchez and Emilia Thom (with Dr. Clayton McCarl). “Reevaluating the History of Africans and their Descendants in Antioquia, Colombia, through a Digital-Editing-on-Site Study Abroad Experience.” Virtual Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, June 16, 2020. Video.

    Sara Kunz-Rutigliano, Diego Salinas, and Georgina Wilson. "Mapping the Quixotic Imagination: Madrid in Galdós's Misericordia." Faculty mentor: Dr. María Ángeles Fernández Cifuentes. Designated "Project of Merit." Poster and audio presentation.

    Amarilys Sánchez and Emilia Thom (with Dr. Clayton McCarl). “Reflections on a Digital-Humanities-On-Site Experience in Colombia.” Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS) Virtual Conference, Office of Undergraduate Research, University of North Florida, April 8, 2020. Poster and audio presentation.

    Georgina Wilson. "Bridging Past, Present and Future Through Art: El Mal Querer and Le Roman de Flamenca." Showcase of Osprey Advancements in Research and Scholarship (SOARS) Virtual Conference, Office of Undergraduate Research, University of North Florida, April 8, 2020. Faculty mentor: Dr. Nuria Ibáñez. Designated "Project of Merit." Poster and audio presentation.

    Alexis Boulter, Kathlina Brady, Angelic Fleites, Aislinn Kelly, Mariana Mendieta, Amarilys Sánchez, Emilia Thom, and Teri Wilson. “coloniaLab: Siete experimentos editoriales con textos coloniales latinoamericanos.” UNF International Research Symposium, University of North Florida, December 6, 2019. Faculty mentor: Dr. Clayton McCarl.

    Joshua Burton, Isabella Cioffi, Angelic Fleites, Diego Salinas, and Georgina Wilson (with Dr. María Ángeles Fernández Cifuentes). "Mapping the Quixotic Imagination: Madrid in Pérez Galdós's Misericordia." DHI Digital Projects Showcase, University of North Florida, Nov. 15, 2019.

    Pamela Martínez (with Dr. Clayton McCarl). “The UNF Colonial Latin American Studies/Digital Humanities Internship.” DHI Digital Projects Showcase, University of North Florida, Nov. 15, 2019.

    Salomé Jaramillo, Pamela Martínez, and Mariana Mendieta. "Voces y Caras: Hispanic Communities of North Florida." DHI Digital Projects Showcase, University of North Florida, Nov. 15, 2019. Faculty mentor: Dr. Constanza López.

    Angelic Fleites. "Embroidering for Peace and Memory." DHI Digital Projects Showcase, University of North Florida, Nov. 15, 2019. Faculty mentor: Dr. Constanza López.

    Alexis Boulter, Kathlina Brady, Aislinn Kelly, Mariana Mendieta, Amarilys Sánchez, Emilia Thom, and Teri Wilson. “coloniaLab: Fall 2019 Update on Current Projects.” DHI Digital Projects Showcase, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL, Nov. 15, 2019. Faculty mentor: Dr. Clayton McCarl.

  • Student Publications

    Lyn Hemmingway. "Improving as an Editor, Growing as a Historian: Analysis of Primary Sources through Digital Edition." PANDION: The Osprey Journal of Research and Ideas, vol. 3, no. 1, 2022, art. 12, https://digitalcommons.unf.edu/pandion_unf/vol3/iss1/12.

    Melinda Peacock. "Gender Violence in La Casa de la Belleza by Melba Escobar." PANDION: The Osprey Journal of Research and Ideas, vol. 3, no. 1, 2022, art. 14,
    https://digitalcommons.unf.edu/pandion_unf/vol3/iss1/14.

    Georgina Wilson. Review of the Soledad Acosta de Samper Digital Library. SHARP News, April 28, 2021. https://www.sharpweb.org/sharpnews/2021/04/28/soledad-acosta-de-samper-digital-library-university-of-los-andes-2019.
  • Research and Conference Grants

    Brianna Armenta. Digital Humanities Institute Student Fellowship for work with Vocey y Caras: Hispanic Communities of North Florida. Spring 2022. Faculty mentor: Dr. Constanza López.

    Stacey Lowey-Ball.­ “Editorial Work and Contextual Research Related to a Digital Edition of Antonio de León Pinelo’s Epítome de la biblioteca oriental y occidental, náutica y geográfica (1629).” Research Grant, Office of Undergraduate Research, Spring 2022. Faculty mentor: Dr. Clayton McCarl.

    Melinda Peacock. HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Scholars Fellowship, Fall 2021.

    Melinda Peacock and Paulino Estévez-Ancira. “TEI-XML Markup, Modernization, Translation and Bibliographic Research Related to Ophir de España: Memorias historiales y politicas del Perú by Fernando de Montesinos (1644).” Research Grants, Office of Undergraduate Research, Summer 2021. Faculty mentor: Dr. Clayton McCarl.

    Lyn Hemmingway, Emilia Thom, and Matthew Welcome. Conference Grant, Office of Undergraduate Research, for participation in annual meeting of National Council on Public History, Spring 2021. Faculty mentor: Dr. Clayton McCarl.

    Lyn Hemmingway. Conference Grant, Office of Undergraduate Research, for participation in National Humanities Conference, Fall 2020. Faculty mentor: Dr. Clayton McCarl.

    Emilia Thom. “A Prototype Online Archive of Documents Related to Indigenous Peoples in Colonial Spanish Florida.” Research Grant, Office of Undergraduate Research, Summer 2020. Faculty mentor: Dr. Clayton McCarl.

    Emilia Thom and Amarilys Sánchez. Conference Grant, Office of Undergraduate Research, for participation in Congress of Latin American Studies Association, Spring 2020. Faculty mentor: Dr. Clayton McCarl.

  • Altar de Muertos

    Día de Muertos, or the Day of the Dead celebration, is a Mexican tradition celebrated during the first days of November to receive the souls of the persons that have passed away. The tradition includes an altar with personal objects, favorite foods, and colorful papel picado, candles and bright marigolds. 

    The celebration coincides with the Monarch butterfly's migration to the south, particularly the state of Michoacán in Mexico. Monarch butterflies represent the spirits of the ancestors but has also become a symbol of the struggle of immigrants in the search of a better life. In 2008, UNESCO inscribed the Day of the Dead celebration as a Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

    In observation of the Day of the Dead, the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cutlures presents an altar de muertos in the Language and Culture Lab, Building 15, Room 1105.Participants are invited to bring a picture of their ancestors that passed away and a personal object (not valuable).

    Our 2022 celebration takes place on November 3 at 6 PM and will be followed by a projection of the movie "La leyenda de la Nahuala" at 7 p.m. All audiences welcome!

  • Embroidering for Peace and Memory

    Embroidering for Peace and Memory is an annual event at the University of North Florida (UNF) that celebrates diversity and human rights through the activism of collective embroidery. We invite students, faculty, and staff from all over the campus to embroider together, on white fabrics, messages of peace and the stories of people from all over the world who have suffered the violation of their rights. The project began in 2012 and, to date, approximately 600 pieces of embroidery have been produced in more than 13 languages, highlighting the culture and diversity of UNF and the North Florida community. In recent years, this project has also involved students from Stanton College Preparatory High School. To highlight the importance of this initiative at our university, and to share it with the world, we have created the Embroidering for Peace and Memory Digital Archive.

    Dr. Constanza López, associate professor of Spanish, leads this project with support from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; the Digital Humanities Institute; the Hicks Honors College; and the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs.

  • International Poetry Festival
    The UNF International Poetry Festival is an annual celebration of creativity and community, organized by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, in partnership with numerous other areas on campus.
  • Majors and Minors Week
    Every fall, the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures holds a week of events and open office hours designed to help current and prospective students meet our faculty and learn more about our programs.
    Majors and Minors week in Fall 2022 takes place October 31-November 3.
  • Voces y Caras Presentation and Exhibit

    Every year in the spring, the students who contribute to the oral history project Voces y Caras: Hispanic Communities of North Florida present their work to the campus and community at an event in the Special Collections Reading Room of the Thomas G. Carpenter Library. 

    Each fall, the interviews are presented as part of an exhibit organized as part of UNF's celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month.