Grad Students at PAC

Graduate students (L-R) David Mesa, Melanie Forehand, Erika Hollingsworth, and Deanna Deibel present their research at the Philological Association of the Carolinas Conference.

Graduate Certificate in Hispanic Studies

The specific goals of this 18-hour certificate program in Hispanic Studies are:

  • to prepare qualified candidates for cross-cultural professions;
  • to enable students to function at a high level of linguistic proficiency in Spanish; and
  • to prepare community college, four-year college or university instructors, who, according to SACS guidelines, must have at least 18 hours of graduate credit in order to teach Spanish.

Courses are taught by faculty with specializations in Hispanic linguistics, film, literature, culture, language acquisition, and foreign language pedagogy.

Students who have completed the Certificate in Hispanic Studies apply their acquired skills and knowledge in diverse fields and careers including:

  • Spanish Instructors in Universities and Community Colleges
  • K-12 Education
  • Graduate Studies in Related Fields
  • University Administration
  • Community and Social Organizations

Certificate Requirements

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Hispanic Studies requires a minimum of 18 semester hours of graduate study in Spanish.

  • Students are required to take at least one course from each of the following groups:
    • Phonetics/Linguistics Group: SPN 507 - Spanish Phonetics and Phonology or SPN 508 - Hispanic Linguistics (Topics)
    • Culture and Civilization Group: SPN 511 – Topics in Spanish Civilization or SPN 512 – Topics in Spanish American Civilization
    • Literature Group: SPN 521 – Studies in Spanish Literature or SPN 522 – Studies in Spanish American Literature
    • The remaining 9 credit hours are electives which can be from additional course above as well as courses in film studies, US Latino culture and literature, cultural studies, pedagogy, among other topics.


If you are considering applying to join our program, we invite you to consult the detailed information on our HOW TO APPLY page.  The application deadline for fall admission is midnight eastern time June 15 (midnight eastern time March 1 for priority consideration for financial aid and assistantships). For spring admission, the application deadline is midnight eastern time October 30. We also offer summer admission and non-degree admission under certain situations.  Please contact the Graduate Coordinator if you have any admissions related inquiries. We look forward to helping you throughout the application process.

*These admissions requirements apply only to the graduate certificate program in Hispanic Studies. Students interested in combining the certificate program with a master's degree will have to meet all admission criteria for that degree.

Information on How to Apply for the Hispanic Studies Certificate

Student Learning Outcomes Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Hispanic Studies

Students will:

SLO 1: Be able to write a professionally acceptable research paper or opinion piece in Spanish, with appropriate use of language, tone, style, register and critical apparatus.

SLO 2: Be able to read, understand and utilize texts in Spanish at a professional level. Specifically s/he will be able to manage primary resources in Spanish as well as secondary resources in Spanish (such as articles in professional journals)

SLO 3: Be able effectively to communicate his/her thoughts in spoken language with fluency and linguistic accuracy; communicate both concrete and abstract ideas in a manner clearly understood by an educated native speaker of the language; speak on matters of personal interest as well as those of an academic or professional interest in a manner clearly understood by an educated native speaker; sustain extended discourse using "spoken paragraphs'; express an opinion effectively and defend that opinion.

SLO 4: Be able to comprehend non-technical main ideas expressed in standard dialect; comprehend ideas pertaining to technical or professional topics; understand standard idioms and colloquialisms; understand cultural inferences; grasp for cultural references; and understand speech delivered at a normal pace.

For more information contact:

Dr. Amanda Boomershine
Department of World Languages and Cultures
UNC Wilmington
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: (910) 962-7922

Or contact:

Graduate School Admissions
UNCW, Wilmington, NC 28403-3297
Phone: 910-962-7449
Fax: 910-962-3787