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Spanish, the world’s third largest language and second in terms of native speakers, is spoken by nearly 500 million people across the globe. The over 50 million Hispanics in the US have become the fastest-growing social and political segment in North America. Because of its prominence, learning to communicate in Spanish can be essential for those entering the global economic market and numerous professions.

Spanish Studies at UNC-CH thrives on innovative literary, linguistic and theoretical approaches to the Spanish-speaking world, and includes the study of indigenous, Afro-descendant, Asian, and other cultures. Our majors and minors obtain well-grounded and comprehensive critical knowledge of the literatures, languages, and cultures of Spain and the Americas, often through collaborative research with faculty. Qualifying Spanish majors have the opportunity to pursue an Honor’s Thesis with one of our faculty members.

Students may choose a major in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures or Hispanic Linguistics, or a minor in Hispanic Studies or the Spanish Minor for the Professions, which has business, health or law tracks. Students have the opportunity to spend a summer, semester or academic year abroad in a Spanish-speaking country to further their work towards these majors or minors, or to simply refine their language skills and enhance cultural competency. While at UNC, students can participate in a variety of extracurricular and service opportunities offered through the department and campus organizations, including our honor society, Sigma Delta Pi, film series, conversation tables, the Spanish House living and learning community, community service, peer tutoring, and student publications.

Worksheet for Major in Hispanic Literature & Cultures

Core Requirements

The prerequisite for the major is SPAN 260 or 262 (for heritage speakers)

The major requirements consist of 8 courses as follows:

Note: SPAN 401, 402, 404, 405, 601 do not count in the major.

Worksheet for Major in Hispanic Linguistics

Core Requirements

The prerequisite for the major is SPAN 260 or 262 (for heritage speakers)

The major requirements consist of 8 courses as follows:

Note: LING 101 is highly recommended before taking Spanish linguistics courses (numbered 375-683)

The Minor in Hispanic Studies consists of a minimum of five courses and includes course work in language, literature, culture, and linguistics.

The Minor in Hispanic Studies is designed for those who wish to continue their study of Spanish language and acquire a more in-depth knowledge of Spanish and/or Spanish American literature, culture, or linguistics. Through the selection of courses you may choose to concentrate on a single region of the Hispanic World (Spain or Spanish America), a specific content area (literature, culture, or linguistics), or elect a combination of regions and/or content areas. The requirements are:

  1. SPAN 300/300H  Advanced Grammar and Composition or SPAN 326 Spanish Composition and Grammar for Heritage Speakers
  2. 3 courses SPAN 330 or above, excluding SPAN 401, 402, 404, 405, 601, and 602.
  3. 1 allied course on the Hispanic World

Worksheet for Minor in Hispanic Studies

Allied Courses for the minor in Hispanic Studies includes the following (others may be approved by the appropriate minor advisor):

# = LAC (Languages Across the Curriculum) Course

  • AAAD 260
  • AAAD 278 Black Caribbeans in the United States
  • AAAD 284
  • ANTH/FOLK 130 Anthropology of the Caribbean
  • #ANTH 142 Local Cultures, Global Forces (LAC recitation in Spanish will carry 1 additional credit for Spanish 308)
  • ANTH 232 Ancestral Maya Civilizations
  • ANTH 360 Latin American Economy and Society
  • ARTH 157 Introduction to Latin American Visual Culture
  • ARTH 277 Art and Architecture of Viceregal Latin America
  • ART 561H Art and Society in Medieval Islamic Spain in North Africa
  • DRAM 486 Latin American Theater
  • DRAM 488 U.S. Latina/o Theatre
  • ENGL 265 La Vida Loca
  • ENGL 364 Introduction to Latina/o Studies
  • ENGL 666 Queer Latina/o Photography and Literature
  • GEOG 259 Geography of Latin America
  • GEOG 457 Rural LA: Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources
  • GEOG 458 Urban Latin America: Politics, Economics, and Society
  • HIST 142 Latin America under Colonial Rule
  • #HIST 143 Latin America since Independence (LAC recitation in Spanish will carry 1 additional credit for Spanish 308)
  • HIST 241 History of Latinos in the U.S.
  • HIST 242 United States and Latin American Relations
  • HIST 278 The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
  • HIST/WMST 280 Women in Latin America
  • HIST 292 History of Latinos in the U.S.
  • HIST 528 Guerrillas and Revolution in 20th-Century Latin America
  • HIST 532 History of Cuba
  • INTS/PLCY 349 New Immigrants and the South
  • JOMC 443 Latino Media Studies
  • LTAM 101 Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • LTAM 390 Special Topics in Latin American Studies
  • LTAM 396 Independent Study – Approval of the Undergraduate Advisor in  Spanish is Required
  • MUSC 147 Introduction to Latin/o American Music
  • POLI/PWAD 231 Latin America and US in World Politics
  • #POLI 238 Contemporary Latin American Politics (LAC recitation in Spanish will carry 1 additional credit for Spanish 308)
  • POLI 434 Politics of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
  • POLI 435 Democracy & Development in Latin America
  • RELI 245H Creolization and Latina/o Religious Transformation in the United States
  • SOCI 453 Social Change in Latin America

The following courses are pending approval. While awaiting approval, students may request permission from the Undergraduate Advisor for Spanish to count one of these courses for the minor (or another course with Hispanic content not listed for the minor).

  • ART 277H Art and Architecture of Viceregal Latin America
  • BUSI 499 Business Topics in Latin America
  • ENG 267 Growing up Latino/a
  • HIST 076 Understanding 1492
  • HIST176 The Incas and After
  • LTAM 291 Latino Experience in US

 

If you have questions about this minor, please read the FAQ Document

The minor in Spanish for the Professions consists of a minimum of four courses and is designed for students who anticipate careers in which they will need to interact with Hispanic communities in the U.S. or abroad and who wish to continue the study of Spanish language and culture for specific professional purposes: business, medical and other health professions,  or law and other legal professions. The capstone course in this minor (SPAN 329) includes experiential learning through fieldwork and/or public service. Note that SPAN 320, 321, 323329  are restricted to students in this minor.  Students do not declare this minor until pre-registering for and enrolling in SPAN 265.

The requirements are:

  1. SPAN 265 Spanish for the Professions (Requires Pre-Registration, see form above)
  2. SPAN 320, 321, or 323 (choose 1 profession-specific course)
  3. SPAN 329 Spanish for Professional and Community Engagement
  4. 1 allied course on the Hispanic World

Minor in Spanish for the Professions students who plan to use Spanish professionally in the U.S. are strongly encouraged to choose a course related to the U.S. Hispanic community.

Allied Courses for the minors in Spanish include the following (others may be approved by the appropriate minor advisor):

# = LAC (Languages Across the Curriculum) Course

  • AAAD 260
  • AAAD 278 Black Caribbeans in the United States
  • AAAD 284
  • ANTH/FOLK 130 Anthropology of the Caribbean
  • #ANTH 142 Local Cultures, Global Forces (LAC recitation in Spanish will carry 1 additional credit for Spanish 308)
  • ANTH 232 Ancestral Maya Civilizations
  • ANTH 360 Latin American Economy and Society
  • ARTH 157 Introduction to Latin American Visual Culture
  • ARTH 277 Art and Architecture of Viceregal Latin America
  • ART 561 Art and Society in Medieval Islamic Spain in North Africa
  • DRAM 486 Latin American Theater
  • DRAM 488 U.S. Latina/o Theatre
  • ENGL 265 La Vida Loca
  • ENGL 364 Introduction to Latina/o Studies
  • ENGL 666 Queer Latina/o Photography and Literature
  • GEOG 259 Geography of Latin America
  • GEOG 457 Rural LA: Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources
  • GEOG 458 Urban Latin America: Politics, Economics, and Society
  • HIST 142 Latin America under Colonial Rule
  • #HIST 143 Latin America since Independence (LAC recitation in Spanish will carry 1 additional credit for Spanish 308)
  • HIST 241 History of Latinos in the U.S.
  • HIST 242 United States and Latin American Relations
  • HIST 278 The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
  • HIST/WMST 280 Women in Latin America
  • HIST 292 History of Latinos in the U.S.
  • HIST 528 Guerrillas and Revolution in 20th-Century Latin America
  • HIST 532 History of Cuba
  • INTS/PLCY 349 New Immigrants and the South
  • JOMC 443 Latino Media Studies
  • LTAM 101 Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • LTAM 396 Independent Study – Approval of the Undergraduate Advisor in  Spanish is Required
  • MUSC 147 Introduction to Latin/o American Music
  • POLI/PWAD 231 Latin America and US in World Politics
  • #POLI 238 Contemporary Latin American Politics (LAC recitation in Spanish will carry 1 additional credit for Spanish 308)
  • POLI 434 Politics of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
  • POLI 435 Democracy & Development in Latin America
  • RELI 245 Creolization and Latina/o Religious Transformation in the United States
  • SOCI 453 Social Change in Latin America

The following courses are pending approval. While awaiting approval, students may request permission from the Undergraduate Advisor for Spanish to count one of these courses for the minor (or another course with Hispanic content not listed for the minor).

  • ART 277 Art and Architecture of Viceregal Latin America
  • BUSI 499 Business Topics in Latin America
  • ENG 267 Growing up Latino/a
  • ENST 201 Introduction to Environment and Society
  • HIST 076 Understanding 1492
  • HIST176 The Incas and After
  • GLBL 382 Latin American Migrant Perspectives – Ethnography and Action
  • LTAM 291 Latino Experience in US
  • RELI 151 Religion in Latin America
Click on a class for more information.
Course Name
SPAN 100 Elementary Spanish Review
SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I
SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II
SPAN 105 Spanish for High Beginners
SPAN 203 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 204 Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 255 Conversation I
SPAN 260 Introduction to Spanish and Spanish American Literature
SPAN 265 Spanish Language and Culture for the Professions
SPAN 266 Spanish Conversation for Heritage Learners
SPAN 292 Spanish Peer Tutoring
SPAN 293 Spanish Service Learning
SPAN 300 Spanish Composition & Grammar Review
SPAN 308 LAC Recitation
SPAN 320 Spanish for Business
SPAN 321 Spanish for the Medical Professions
SPAN 323 Spanish for the Legal Professions
SPAN 326 Spanish Grammar and Composition for Heritage Speakers
SPAN 329 Spanish for Professional and Community Engagement
SPAN 330 Cultural History of the Hispanic World I
SPAN 331 Cultural History of the Hispanic World II
SPAN 333 Cinema for Spanish Conversation
SPAN 335 United States Hispanic Community
SPAN 340 Cultures of Contemporary Spain
SPAN 344 Latin@ American Cultural Topics
SPAN 345 Contemporary Latin America: The Caribbean and the Southern Cone
SPAN 348 Mesoamerica through Its Literature
SPAN 350 Advanced Conversation and Composition
SPAN 361 Hispanic Film and Culture
SPAN 362 The Quest for Identity in Contemporary Spain
SPAN 369 Introduction to Translation
SPAN 371 Survey of Spanish Literature to 1700
SPAN 372 Survey of Spanish Literature since 1700
SPAN 373 Survey of Spanish American Literature
SPAN 375 Spanish of the United States
SPAN 376 Phonetics & Phonology
SPAN 377 Grammatical Structure of Spanish
SPAN 378 Afro-Hispanic Language Contacts
SPAN 379 The Aesthetics of Violence in Latina/o American Fiction of the 21st Century
SPAN 380 Masterpieces of Spanish Drama
SPAN 381 Masterpieces of Spanish and Spanish American Poetry
SPAN 382 Masterpieces of Spanish Prose
SPAN 383 Beginnings of the Spanish Inquisition
SPAN 384 Spanish Literature of the Renaissance
SPAN 385 Contemporary Spanish American Prose Fiction
SPAN 386 Contemporary Central American Literatures and Cultures
SPAN 387 Eroticism and Its Metaphors in Contemporary Latin American Literature
SPAN 389 Outside Cuba: Diasporic Literature and Culture
SPAN 394 Creative Writing in Spanish
SPAN 395 Research for Advanced Students
SPAN 397 Comparative Ibero-Romance Linguistics
SPAN 398 Cuba contemporánea: literature y cultura
SPAN 401 Beginning Accelerated Spanish
SPAN 402 Intermediate Accelerated Spanish
SPAN 405 Intermediate Spanish for Health Professionals
SPAN 414 Languages of Spain I
SPAN 415 Languages of Spain II
SPAN 416 Languages of the Americas I
SPAN 417 Languages of the Americas II
SPAN 613 Colonial and 19th-Century Spanish American Literature
SPAN 614 Modernist and Contemporary Spanish American Literature
SPAN 617 Cervantes and the Quijote
SPAN 620 Women in Hispanic Literature
SPAN 625 Indigenous Literatures & Cultures of Abya Yala (The Americas)
SPAN 630 Literature and the Visual Arts in Spain
SPAN 650 The Spanish Comedia of the Golden Age
SPAN 677 Sintaxis del español (Spanish Syntax)
SPAN 678 Cultural and Linguistic History of the Spanish Language
SPAN 680 First- and Second-Language Acquisition of Spanish
SPAN 681 Spanish Semantics
SPAN 683 Guarani Linguistics
SPAN 701 The Beginnings of Castilian Hegemony
SPAN 725 Conflict and Inspiration in the Fiction of the Golden Age
SPAN 738 Topics in the Intellectual History of Spain
SPAN 744 La estética del barroco en la literatura hispanoamericana del siglo XVII al XX
SPAN 745 The Vanguards
SPAN 747 The Contemporary Spanish American Novel
SPAN 835 Indigenismo