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

hisp honorees

Students from the Hispanic Studies Department were recognized for academic excellence at the annual HSS Honors Convocation on Sunday, April 9th, 2017. Congratulations to Mexican American Studies students Vanessa Arellano, Gisela Cardenas, and Cassandra Toca, and Spanish students Haley Daigle, Adriana Garcia, Michael Holt, Jorge Garcia, Miriam Hernandez, and Abigail McGaha Miller! View the full list of honorees here and check out more photos on the HSS Facebook page.

The Department of Hispanic Studies co-sponsored a Schulze Interdisciplinary Speaker Series lecture, "Poetics of Justice, Hope and Social Change," by Jimmy Santiago Baca on March 29th. Jimmy Santiago Baca learned to read and began turning his life around during a five-year maximum security prison sentence, emerging as a prolific artist of the spoken and written word.

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The newest issue of CADENCIAS, Hispanic Studies's student literary and arts magazine, is now available!


The Hispanic Studies Department recently brought a guest speaker to campus, Latino cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz. Alcaraz is the creator of "La Cucaracha," the first nationally syndicated Latino daily comic strip, which is read in American newspapers nationwide and focuses on Latino culture and politics. Alcaraz was also a writer and producer on the TV series Bordertown and a consultant to the 2017 Pixar film Coco.

Barbara Medina from the Lowry Campus, Center for Urban Education has been recognized as one of our 2017 Leaders for Language Access!

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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.

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