Note: Fluency in Spanish is required for this concentration.. Students must be able to at least meet the language-based admission requirements for the Hispanic Studies post-baccalaureate certificate program.

MALS and Hispanic Studies

MALS Degree and a Post-baccalaureate Hispanic Studies Certificate

Students who wish to pursue a post-baccalaureate certificate in Hispanic Studies in addition to pursuing a MALS degree should consult the website for the post-baccalaureate certificate program in Hispanic Studies and Dr. Brian Chandler, Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Spanish.

MALS Degree with a Specialized Concentration in Hispanic Studies

Effective Spring 2014, students wishing to graduate with a MALS degree using this concentration must obtain formal approval to do so from the Director, Graduate Liberal Studies Program. An email, with an explanation of why the concentration is desired, should be sent to turrisip AT uncw DOT edu, copy to campbellp AT uncw DOT edu

Once the GLS Director's approval is granted, students must formally apply to and be accepted by the Graduatae School and the relevant certificate program in addition to the acceptance into the MALS degree program. Simply enrolling and completing the concentration classes is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the MALS degree.

MALS students pursuing a concentration in Hispanic Studies must take GLS 502, GLS 598, 2 GLS classses of their choice and a total of 18 hours Hispanic Studies distributed as follows: nine hours of core classes in Hispanic Studies and nine hours of electives in Hispanic Studies (as described in the Post-baccalaureate certificate program ).

MALS (General Option)

Assuming they possess the requisite speaking and writing proficiency in Spanish, any MALS student may take any graduate level Hispanic Studies course after obtaining approval from both the course instructor and the GLS Program Director.

MALS students pursuing a general concentration option (no specialization in gerontology or hispanic studies) who wish to take graduate gerontology courses as electives should obtain permission from both the instructor and the GLS Program Director before enrolling.


  1. Under the general option, only nine non-GLS graduate credit hours will be accepted towards the MALS degree and only six credit hours for cross-listed courses may be used.
  2. Non-GLS courses cannot be used towards the GLS post-Master's certificate.

Last Update: October 14, 2013

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