Undergraduate 2017-2018

Department of Hispanic Studies


Location: Candelaria 0295

Telephone: 970.351.2811

Faculty: Jonathan Alcantar, Ph.D.; Dennis Aguirre, Ph.D.; Karla Del Carpio-Ovando, Ph.D.; Priscilla L. Falcon, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Anne Franklin, Ph.D.; Efrain Garza, Ph.D.;  John Ryan, Ph.D.; Jose I. Suarez, Ph.D.; George Thomas, Ph.D.

Emeritus Faculity: Genie Canales, Ph.D.; Roberto Cordova, Ph.D.; Ester Gonzales, Ph.D.; Carlos Leal, Ph.D.; Maria Lopez, Ph.D.; Alfonso Rodriguez, Ph.D.


Course(s) Offered (Prefix):

Program(s) Offered:

Mexican American Studies B.A. 

Liberal Arts Emphasis

Secondary Teaching Emphasis - Licensure: Social Studies (Grades 7-12)

Spanish B.A.

Liberal Arts Emphasis

K-12 Spanish Teaching Emphasis - Licensure: World Languages (grades K-12)


Mexican American Studies Minor

Spanish Minor

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Minor


Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Bilingual Education Specialist (Grades K-12)

Spanish Endorsement

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (Grades K-12)

The Hispanic Studies program offers courses in Spanish language and Peninsular, Latin American and US Chicano-Mexican literature, 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.

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 many courses count for Liberal Arts core credit.

Current research interests of the faculty include:

  • Mexican American and Chicano literature, history and immigration
  • Latin American, Peninsular and Chicano Literature
  • Spanish linguistics
  • Second language acquisition and methodology
  • Bilingual educational