Spanish Minor

Missouri Baptist University offers a minor in Spanish that provides students skills in conversation, composition, and reading of Spanish, as well as an understanding of Hispanic peoples, their cultures and literature.

The student must complete at least 20 hours in Spanish (SPAN) as follows:


SPAN 114 Elementary Spanish I
SPAN 124 Elementary Spanish II
SPAN 213 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 223 Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 313 Advanced Spanish I
SPAN 323 Advanced Spanish II

SPAN 114 Elementary Spanish I
SPAN 124 Elementary Spanish II
SPAN 213 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 223 Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 313 Advanced Spanish I
SPAN 323 Advanced Spanish II

John Han, Chair of the Humanities Division


Professor of English and Creative Writing; Chair of the Humanities Division; Editor of Intégrité; Editor of Cantos

Office Location
Main Campus
FLD 337

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John J. Han specializes in twentieth-century American literature (esp. John Steinbeck and Flannery O’Connor), world literature (esp. Asian poetry), and poetry writing. Since 1986, he has taught a wide variety of college English courses, including American literature, multicultural literature, world literature, Asian literature in translation, and creative writing. In addition to delivering conference presentations and invited lectures, he dedicates his time to poetry writing, translation, and editorial work.

Ph.D. in English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
M.A. in English, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
M.Ed. in English Education, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
B.A. in English Language and Literature, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea
Writing Certificate in English, Missouri Baptist University
Secondary English Teacher Certification, South Korea’s Ministry of Culture & Education

Selected Books:
Co-editor (with Clark Triplett and Ashley Anthony), Exposing the Nightmare: Essays on Dystopian Fiction as a Critique of Culture (under contract with McFarland)
Reteller, Spousal Competition and Other Tales from Korea (forthcoming)
Translator, Like Dew on the Grass: Chinese Poems of King Yeonsan (, 2017)
Translator, Like the Wind, Like the Water: Sijo Poems (Cyberwit, 2016)
Author, Returning Home: Haiku and Other Succinct Poems (Cyberwit, 2016)
Author, Maple-Colored Moon: Seasonal Haiku (Cyberwit, 2016)
Translator, Eating Alone and Other Poems by Song Su-kwon (Cyberwit, 2015)
Co-editor (with Clark Triplett), The Final Crossing: Death and Dying in Literature (Peter Lang, 2015)
Editor, Wise Blood: A Re-Consideration (Brill, 2011)
Author, Thunder Thighs: Haiku Musings on the English Language (Fountain City Pub., 2010)
Author, Chopsticks and Fork: A Senryu Collection (Fountain City Pub., 2010)
Author, Little Guy Haiku: Life with Bailey, a Maltese (America Star Books, 2009)
Translator, Healing Prayer, by Reginald Cherry (Seoul: Agape, 2001)
Critical Essays:
More than seventy critical essays published in journals and essay collections, including Literature and Belief, The Steinbeck Review, Steinbeck Studies, John Steinbeck and His Contemporaries, The Moral Philosophy of John Steinbeck, Kansas English, Mark Twain Studies, Journal of Transnational American Studies, Journal of Ethnic American Literature, POMPA: Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association, Journal of Bunka Gakuen University, Journal of Humanities, and Research in the Humanities.
Reference Entries:
Sixty-seven reference entries published in various compendiums: New Catholic Encyclopedia Supplement, Dictionary of Literary Characters, The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature, Conflicts in American History, Encyclopedia of American Popular Fiction, The Facts On File Companion to the World Novel (1900 to the Present), Encyclopedia of the Reconstruction Era, The Encyclopedia of Africa and the Americas, The Encyclopedia of American Race Riots, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore, Irish Women Writers, American History through Literature (1870-1920), The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature, Encyclopedia of Catholic Literature, Writers of the American Renaissance, Asian American Playwrights, Catholic Women Writers, Asian American Autobiographers, Asian American Novelists, Feminist Writers, and New Immigrant Literatures in the United States.
Numerous poems published in journals and anthologies worldwide, including Asahi Shimbun, cattails, Cave Region Review, Elder Mountain, Failed Haiku, Four and Twenty, Frogpond, GEPPO, A Hundred Gourds, Kansas English, kernels, The Laurel Review, Mainichi Shimbun, Mariposa, Modern Haiku, Nepali Art and Literature, POMPA, Prune Juice, The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku, The Sacred in Contemporary Haiku, Simply Haiku, South by Southeast, Steinbeck Studies, Taj Mahal Review, Under the Basho, Valley Voices, A Vast Sky: An Anthology of Contemporary World Haiku, and World Haiku Review.
Translations and Book Reviews:
Translator of hundreds of poems (Korean to English, Chinese to English and Korean, and English to Korean) and author of more than eighty book reviews published in such journals as Cantos, Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Intégrité, Steinbeck Studies, and Valley Voices.

Invited Lectures and Presentations
Delivered at various high schools and universities.
High schools in Kansas and Missouri: E. H. Lyle Academy Middle and High School College Preparatory (MO), Eldon High School (MO), Farmington High School (MO), John F. Hodge High School (MO), Morgan County R-II High School (MO), Parkway South High School (MO), and Saline High School (KS).
Universities in the United States and South Korea: Chungbuk National University, Daejin University, Dongduk Women’s University, Handong Global University, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Mississippi Valley State University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Yonsei University.

2017-2018 international travel grant from the Research Agency of the Republic of Slovenia (ARRS)
Winner, Oghma Creative Media’s Haiku Contest, April 2013
Finalist, St. Louis Writers Guild’s 2011 Deane Wagner Poetry Contest, July 2011
Cave Region Review’s Featured Poet of the Year 2012
Simply Haiku’s “Top Ten List” of the World’s Finest Living English Language Haiku Poets for the year 2011 (ranked 6th)
MBU Employee of the month, Nov. 2006 and Sept. 2016
2001 Parkway Distinguished Teaching Award, St. Louis, MO, April 2001
2000 Emerson Electric Excellence in Teaching Award, St. Louis, MO, Dec. 2000
One of 12 nominees for the 1999 Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation award at UNL
Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students, UNL, Feb. 1995
Regents Fellowship, Graduate College, UNL, 1993-94.

Joan Dudley

Instructor of Spanish
Office Location
Main Campus

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From an extremely young age, languages and teaching have always been my career passions. Languages are more than mere words. They are living and culturally enriching. I have enjoyed 8 years of teaching in elementary schools, and over 26 years of teaching Spanish to students from pre-school through the university levels. I have been richly blessed with opportunities of mission work (domestic and abroad) and travel. I desire that students may embrace living and breathing a language and its culture.

PhD (St. Louis University)
MEd (University of Missouri at Columbia)
BS (University of Missouri at Columbia)
Missouri Certification: Spanish K – 12

Dean’s Lists
Pi Lambda Theta

Book Review of David I. Smith’s Learning from the Stranger: Christian Faith and Cultural Diversity in the Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages, Vol. 11, Spring 2010