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Hispanic Studies

Location: Candelaria 0295

Telephone: 970.351.2811

Faculty: Genevieve Canales, Ph.D.; Priscilla L. Falcon, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Anne Franklin, Ph.D.;Efrain Garza; Ester M. Gimbernat de Gonzalez, Ph.D.; Carolina Guiterrez;Joy Landeira, Ph.D.; Maria E. Lopez, Ph.D.; Deborah Romero; Jose I. Suarez, Ph.D.

The Hispanic Studies program offers courses in Spanish language and literature, Peninsular and Latin American civilization and culture, Mexican-American studies, bilingual/bicultural education, and teaching English as a second language. All areas of Hispanic language, literature and culture are taught in the same school in order to offer students degree programs that integrate related areas of study and to maximize faculty expertise.

School resources include a student conversation and study lounge. Faculty are readily available for advising and consultation. Study-abroad programs have been established and majors and minors are encouraged to participate. Freshman and sophomore students may take part in this program and may take some courses for Liberal Arts core credit.

Current research interests of the faculty include:

Mexican American Studies B.A.

Liberal Arts Emphasis

The fundamental objective of the bachelor's in Mexican American Studies is to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of the historical development and cultural experience of the largest Latino community in the United States: Mexican Americans. Emphasis is placed on its contemporary reality by various theoretical perspectives and areas of academic inquiry through the arts and sciences: history, literature, sociology, political science, gender studies and psychology.

This integrative approach seeks to help the student develop critical thinking and writing skills in order to establish a solid foundation in the liberal arts. It provides the essential tools for making informed judgments about the complex nature of our diverse society. The program culminates with the capstone course, an extensive research project, which fuses theoretical concepts with practical knowledge. The Mexican American Studies major prepares the student to pursue careers in the fields of law, business, public service, and education.

For degree and program requirements, see:

Mexican American Studies Minor

Spanish Minor

Bilingual/Bicultural Concentration

Mexican American Studies B.A.

Liberal Arts Emphasis

Spanish B.A.

Liberal Arts Emphasis

Students develop a functional proficiency in the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and an appreciation and understanding of the civilization and culture of the Hispanic world.

Students become functionally proficient in the Spanish language with a broad understanding and knowledge of the civilization and culture of the Spanish-speaking world.

Secondary Teaching Emphasis

Students develop a functional proficiency in the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) with an appreciation and understanding of the civilization and culture of the Hispanic world. Students become competent secondary school teachers of Spanish.

For degree and program requirements, see:

Spanish B.A.

Liberal Arts Emphasis

Secondary Teaching Emphasis

Spanish Concentration

Spanish B.A. - PTEP

Foreign Languages M.A.

The master's program is designed for the secondary school teacher of Spanish and concentrates on the development of a high level of functional proficiency in the four language skills-listening, reading speaking, writing - and in four general content areas - civilization, language, literature, pedagogy. The most recent teaching methodologies are studied and researched.

Spanish Teaching Emphasis

Students may complete the M.A. degree:

For degree and program requirements, see:

Foreign Languages M.A.

Spanish Teaching Emphasis


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