Build Understanding in Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures

Active in professional research and publication, and deeply experienced as teachers and as scholars, our expert faculty and small class sizes ensure that our students receive personal attention and a superior education to successfully meet their professional career paths.

The Hispanic Studies department offers a wide variety of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels and provides plentiful opportunities for experiential learning. Our students have many opportunities to study the Spanish language and experience Hispanic cultures through study abroad. In recent years, undergraduates in Hispanic Studies have been involved in celebrating Dia de los Muertos and Chicana/Chicano Festival de Artes, and have participated in UNC’s World Language Day, Spanish poetry contests and Sigma Delta Pi, the national honor society.

The Department of Hispanic Studies consists of the following: 

  • Spanish Liberal Arts B.A. and Spanish K12 Teaching Licensure
  • Mexican American Studies Liberal Arts B.A. and Mexican American Teaching Licensure
  • Teaching English as a Second Language Endorsement 
  • Bilingual Bicultural Education Endorsement
  • Spanish Endorsement

News and Announcements

Welcome to Dr. George Antony Thomas!

Department Chair and Spanish Professor

George Thomas

George Thomas joins us as Professor and Chair of the Department of Hispanic Studies.  He received his Ph.D. in Spanish from Emory University and his primary area of research is colonial Latin American literature within a particular focus in Gender Studies and Indigenous Studies.  His first book, The Politics and Poetics of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz  examines the writing of the Mexican nun who is considered by many to be "the first feminist of the Americas."  His current book project, Illuminating an Indigenous Chronicle: Guaman Poma and Early Modern Print Culture is a study of the illustrations in a seventeenth-century indigenous manuscript.  Prior to UNC, he worked for 11 years at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Welcome to Dr. Enrique Bernales Albites!

Assistant Spanish Professor

Enrique Bernales

Dr. Enrique Bernales Albites is from Lima, Peru. He completed his Ph.D. in Spanish at Boston University and specializes in contemporary Latin American literature and cultural production.  Before coming to UNC he was an Assistant Professor at Arkansas State University. He was part of the Peruvian Poetry Group Immanence in the nineties. He has published the poetry books: Immanence (1998), Immanence: Return to Ouroborea (1999), 21 poems: Cerridwen (2004), the novel The Occupied Territories (2008), and the Anthology of Peruvian Poetry The clocks are broken (2005). His works on Ecocriticism and Psychoanalysis, Chicano literature, Homoerotic Cultural Production in Peru and Andean Cinema had appeared in Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, Hispanic Journal, Cincinnati Romance Review and in the volume Andean Film: studies and testimonials accordingly. His most recent scholarly publication is an article on the Peruvian film The Milk of Sorrow, which will appear in the prestigious journal Revista Iberoamericana.


Welcome to Dr. Dennis J. Aguirre

Assistant Mexican American Studies Professor

Dr. Dennis J. Aguirre joins the University of Northern Colorado as an Assistant Professor of Mexican American Studies in the Department of Hispanic Studies.  Dr. Aguirre received his B.A. in History from the University of New Mexico and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Texas at El Paso. Dr. Aguirre’s teaching and research interests include Mexican American History, Borderlands, social movements, and intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality and identity.  Currently, he is revising his dissertation “¡Grito!: Cultural Nationalism and the Chicana/o Insurgency in New Mexico, 1968-1979” for publication as a manuscript. 


 Dennis Aguirre

In the wake of massive damage and destruction from earthquakes, Dr. Karla Del Carpio invited UNC students and faculty of all languages to offer Mexico words of solidarity, hope, and love.

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 Karla Del Carpio Video

 Study Abroad in Peru in 2018!

Study Abroad Peru


2017 Argentina Academic Stay- Study Abroad Opportunity!

This summer of 2017 for the second time Dr. Karla Del Carpio conducted a teaching and research stay at the Institute of Social Sciences, Politics and Culture of the University of San Pablo of Tucumán (USPT) in Argentina. She gave multiple presentations on bilingual education, cultural and linguistic diversity, minority groups and immigration. Also,  she offered a workshop on pedagogy to faculty at the host university. In addition, she supervised undergraduate students’ research projects and visited different classes to invite students to participate at the joint projects between UNC and USPT, for example, the Language Pen Pal Project and the videoconferences offered by USPT faculty to UNC students enrolled in SPAN 412.  During Dr. Del Carpio’s time at the host university, she also met with Dr. Catalina Lonac, the founder of USPT and Dr. Ramiro Albarracín, vice-president of the University. Dr. Del Carpio is currently working on the establishment of an exchange program for students of both universities. 


The Life and Times of Dr. Martin Candelaria

The mural on the three walls of the north stairwell of Candelaria Hall on the University of Northern Colorado campus in Greeley, Colorado reflects the life of Dr. Martin Candelaria. On the stairwell tower are scenes reflecting the culture and heritage of Dr. Candelaria’s Hispanic Colorado and New Mexico heritage, beginning from lower left.

download mural tour