Spanish Honors Program

For those students who maintain a 3.5 GPA after 21 hours in Spanish, the Department offers an Honors option.  To take advantage of this option, please fill out the Application and return it to Dr. David Dalton.  For more information on the Honors Program in Spanish, please contact Dr. Dalton: ddalton14@uncc.edu.

COMPARATIVE VIEW: SPANISH MAJOR VS. SPANISH HONORS
 

SPANISH MAJOR

SPANISH MAJOR w/ HONORS
Credit hours Required 31 credit hours 31 credit hours
Study Abroad or Professional Internship* Not required but encouraged 6 credit hours (2 courses) required
(W) Writing intensive course in English offered by the department Required Required
Third Language** Not required Required up to 2202 level
Honors Project ***
(In English or in Spanish)
Not required 3 credit hours required (work closely with expert in field); meets requirement of writing intensive course within the major.

*Through the Study Abroad Office you can literally study anywhere.  However, the Department of Languages and Culture Studies houses several long running programs in Costa Rica and Spain.  As for the professional internships, a candidate can intern at a local school, local Spanish press, health care institution or a NGO like The Latin American Coalition.

** Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, and Russian

***Apply for candidacy and, once accepted, you will write in English or Spanish a 20+ page paper based on original research under the direction of an advisor who is an expert on the topic.  The course work for the Honors Project must be “A” quality and written manuscript must be defended.

Honors Program Requirements

To obtain a degree with Honors in Spanish, a student will:

  1. Complete at least 3 hours of Honors Project (SPAN 4700).  The paper can be written in English or Spanish. The student will prepare a description of the proposed Honors research for submission to the Spanish Honors Committee, which has the authority to approve, amend, or reject the proposal. The student must also submit the proposal along with the “Application for Admission to Candidacy” to the Honors College, which has the authority to approve, amend, or reject candidacy. See Honors Project Proposal and Honors Project timeline.
  2. Successfully defend the Honors Project before a committee consisting of an adviser chosen by the student in consultation with the Director of the Honors Program in Spanish plus two additional faculty members.
  3. Have a GPA of at least 3.5 for all work in Spanish at UNCC, have a GPA of at least 3.0 for all UNCC course work, and receive the grade of "A" for at least 3 hours of Honors Project.
  4. 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.
  5. Study another language at least through 2202 (the end of the Intermediate level).

Students planning to graduate with Honors in May must submit their completed and signed “Application for Admission to Candidacy” to the Honors College Office (Cone 369) by the first week in the preceding November. Students planning to graduate with Honors in August or December must submit their completed and signed “Application for Admission to Candidacy” to the Honors College Office (Cone 369) by the first week in the preceding April.

The student may be removed from the Honors Program at any time, upon his/her own request or upon recommendation of the Honors Committee.

For more information on the Honors Program in Spanish, please contact Dr. David Dalton.

Formal Application to Honors Candidacy

The Honors Council formally bestows all honors recognitions. You therefore must submit an Application to Candidacy early in the semester PRIOR to your graduation. This process includes a formal research proposal, and often a revision. Plan ahead and contact your Honors Director in your junior year to facilitate this process; as the latter must approve your submission. For more information, including the form, deadlines, and guidelines, see: http://honorscollege.uncc.edu/current-students. Failure to follow this procedure may lead to denial of honors recognition.