A Language That Will Take You Places
Whether you’re looking to become more marketable in business or broaden your cultural horizons, learning Spanish will be a rewarding experience. It’s America’s second most spoken and fastest growing language. With more than 350 million speakers it’s also the fourth most commonly spoken language worldwide.
Our Spanish bachelor’s degree program will prepare you to communicate in Spanish while providing a rich understanding of the literature and culture of Latin America, Mexico and Spain. Even more, you’ll benefit from the unique opportunities you’ll find at UNC:
- Learn from native speakers, working in small classes with valuable one-on-one interaction with award-winning faculty.
- Embark on a life-changing study abroad adventure in Spain, Mexico or Latin America.
- Participate in poetry readings and competitions, Latin dance lessons, cultural presentations, movies and many other activities outside the classroom.
- Gain leadership and critical thinking skills you can apply directly to your career through diverse internship and research opportunities.
- Join our Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Language honorary, which has been named a national "Honor Chapter" for thirteen years in a row.
John Ryan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics
To understand how and why Spanish works the way it does, John Ryan, Ph.D., studies many forms of the language, such as how it is used by children as they learn it, how adults learn it as a second language and its evolution throughout different periods of history. He also studies the structures of other languages that are closely related to Spanish like Italian, Neapolitan, Portuguese and Catalan. In addition to teaching courses as a Hispanic Studies faculty member, Ryan has been separately endorsed as a member of the UNC graduate faculty, as well as that of the School of Teacher Education.
Choose a Spanish program option that best meets your professional goals and personal interests. You can also add endorsements in teaching Spanish, English as a Second Language and Bilingual Bicultural Education.
Gain a broad understanding of the Spanish language, culture and history. As a liberal arts major you’ll gain the skills to listen, speak, read and write in Spanish as well as a deeper understanding of the civilization and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.
K-12 Teaching Emphasis
Develop the skills to teach Spanish in grades K-12. In addition to learning Spanish language skills and gaining an understanding of the civilization and culture of the Hispanic world, you’ll also learn to be an effective educator.
As well as being culturally enriching, familiarity with the Spanish language can be a major advantage in the job market. Our Spanish minor offers an excellent complement to almost any major and requires 24 credits to complete.
Bilingual Bicultural Education Endorsement
Designed for elementary, secondary and K-12 education licensure students and students earning a K-12 ESL endorsement, the Bilingual Bicultural Education Endorsement teaches Spanish language skills, children’s literature in Spanish and K-12 curriculum in Spanish.
If you’re a non-Spanish major but would like to develop the skills and background to teach Spanish in secondary schools, we offer a 24-credit Spanish Endorsement. This endorsement must be attached to an Elementary, Secondary or K-12 Teaching License.
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement
Learn the theory and practice you need to teach English as a second language. When you successfully complete the ESL Endorsement you’ll be recommended for the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse K-12 endorsement.
In the Spanish program, you’ll not only experience another culture through its language, you’ll also gain new perspectives on your own culture and your own identity in the world.
Consider UNC’s B.A. in Spanish if you want to:
- Gain a deeper understanding of the Spanish language and culture
- Pursue a career in teaching, business or graduate study
- Work closely with faculty in small classes
- Listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish
- Literature and culture of Latin America, Mexico and Spain
- Spanish language pedagogy (K-12 Teaching Emphasis)
- Spanish Conversation and Film Studies
- Masterpieces of Spanish Literature
- Latin American Civilization and Culture
- Spanish for Oral Proficiency
- Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers (K-12 Teaching Emphasis)
- Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages (K-12 Teaching Emphasis)
Explore Diverse Places and Cultures
Few experiences are as enriching and rewarding as a journey abroad where you can experience a different culture first hand. There are more than 20 countries in the world where Spanish is the first language, and in UNC’s Spanish program you’ll have opportunities to travel to places like Chile, Peru, Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Guatemala, Panama, Ecuador, Costa Rica and more.
When you complete your bachelor’s degree in the Spanish program at UNC, you’ll excel in communicating in verbal and written Spanish and have far-reaching knowledge of Latin America, Mexico, Spain and U.S. Hispanic literature and culture.
Where can your degree take you?
Whether you plan to pursue a career at home or abroad, learning Spanish will open the door to a wide range of professional opportunities, including:
- Social work
- Criminal justice
- International studies
- Advertising and marketing
- Translation and interpreting
In addition to being caring, dedicated educators who work closely with students, our professors are noted researchers in their fields of study. Our current research projects include:
The Early Verb Project
Dr. John Ryan, Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics
Dr. Ryan’s primary area of research has to do with the emergence of verbs in both first and second language learners of Spanish and other languages. His most recent work, the Early Verb Project, is the first comprehensive cross-linguistic study of early verb emergence in children. Dr. Ryan published the results of his work in his first book, The Genesis of Argument Structure: Observations of a Child’s Early Speech Production in Spanish.
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