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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.

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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)
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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 351 Spanish Interpretation I
SPAN 360 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
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 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 621 Words on the Move--Spanish Through Time, Literally
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 679 Spanish Pragmatics
SPAN 680 First- and Second-Language Acquisition of Spanish
SPAN 681 Spanish Semantics
SPAN 682 Spanish Sociolinguistics
SPAN 683 Guarani Linguistics
SPAN 701 The Beginnings of Castilian Hegemony
SPAN 702 The Trastamara Dynasty: 1369 to 1504/1516
SPAN 709 Colonial Adventures in Contemporary Latin America
SPAN 712 The Contemporary Spanish Novel
SPAN 725 Conflict and Inspiration in the Fiction of the Golden Age
SPAN 738 Topics in the Intellectual History of Spain
SPAN 742 Poiesis in Spanish America
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 Seminar in Spanish American Literature