Spanish Major/Minor/Honors

Beginning and Intermediate Spanish language courses are offered for prospective majors and non-majors.  SPAN 1201 and SPAN 1202 make up the first-year Spanish language sequence (first and second semester). A number of course options are then offered at the intermediate level (that is, the third and fourth semesters).  The following courses satisfy the first semester of the Intermediate level:  SPAN 2105 Communication Skills Development I; SPAN 2200 Spanish for Reading Knowledge; SPAN 2201 Intermediate Spanish I; SPAN 2210 Spanish for Commerce, SPAN 2211 Spanish for Criminal Justice Professionals, and SPAN 2212 Spanish for Health Care Professionals.  All of these courses satisfy a first semester intermediate language course required by many majors in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as some other Colleges.  Different majors may require a specific course from those listed above. Students should check carefully with an advisor in their own major to determine which third semester course is preferred by their major. 

Advanced Spanish courses at the third and fourth years cover a wide variety of subjects of study including advanced language (conversation, composition, grammar review), the literatures and cultures of Spain and Latin America, linguistics, film studies, advanced business Spanish, translating and translation studies, as well as writing-intensive courses in English which study various aspects of Hispanic literature in translation.

Why Study Spanish? (Spanish Major Brochure)


Interdisciplinary Minor in Linguistics

Spanish majors and minors may be especially interested in this new interdisciplinary minor in linguistics which is now being offered by the Department of English.  The following classes in the Department of Languages and Culture Studies count towards this minor:  TRAN 3601 Introduction to Translation Studies; SPAN 4231 Spanish Phonetics; SPAN 4232 Spanish Linguistics; SPAN 4233 History of the Spanish Language.

Students will learn to understand the fundamental role of language across many areas of study by taking two classes towards the Minor from any of the following departments: Anthropology, Philosophy, Communication Studies, Psychology, Language and Culture Studies, Cognitive Science and Computer Science.  For more information, consult the Linguistics Minor program descriptionDr. Ralph Thiede advises for this minor.

Walk-In Individualized Instruction for Spanish Students

Language Resource Center, COED 434

Please note that the schedule varies each day.  There is no individualized instruction during the summer sessions.

  •  Mon. 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tues. 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wed. 9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thurs. 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
  • Fri. 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

 All students are also encouraged to study abroad to finish their intermediate language sequence. UNC Charlotte offers programs in Spain and Costa Rica.  Go to Study Abroad for more information.

Spanish Major

The Spanish major, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish degree, offers three concentrations:

1) Literature & culture concentration, 2) Applied Language concentration or 3) Hispanic Studies concentration. Each track consists of 30 hours of courses in Spanish, plus a one-hour Senior Seminar (LACS 4690).  Students majoring in Spanish are strongly encouraged to take courses in another language at least through the Intermediate level.  All concentrations require a core of 3 classes:

  • SPAN 3201
  • SPAN 3202 or SPAN 3203
  • SPAN 3208

Spanish Minor

An undergraduate minor in Spanish consists of 15 hours from the following courses:  SPAN 3201, SPAN 3202 or 3203, SPAN 3208, and 6 additional hours at either the 3000 or 4000 level.

Spanish Honors

For those students who maintain a 3.5 GPA after 21 hours in either of these major tracks, the Department offers an Honors option. Students who choose to participate in the Spanish Honors Program must complete an additional 6 hours by having a 6-hour or longer study abroad experience or a professional internship experience of 6 hours (SPAN 4410) or both a 3 hour study abroad and an 3 hour internship experience. Honors students must also take SPAN 4700, where they will write an Honors thesis that must be defended before the departmental Honors Committee.  In addition, students in the Honors option must also study another language at least through 2202 (the end of the Intermediate level).

Qualified students in their senior year may be invited for membership in the Spanish Honor Society. In addition, all Spanish majors and minors, undergraduate as well as graduate students, are encouraged to participate in one or more of the Department's study abroad programs in Spain and Central America.

In addition to the Bachelor of Arts degree and a Minor in Spanish, the department offers a Certificate in Business Spanish and an undergraduate Certificate in Translating.


Professional Internships in French, German, Japanese, or Spanish are field and/or research experiences in cooperating professions (business, schools) or community organizations. For more information: Internships.