Liberal Arts

Religious Studies (MA)

The graduate program in Religious Studies is designed for students who want to pursue advanced studies in the academic study of religion while working closely with a distinguished faculty of scholars and teachers. A Master of Arts in Religious Studies serves the following constituencies: those preparing for further graduate work in Religious Studies or other humanities disciplines at the Ph.D. level; those preparing for teaching positions at community colleges or for adjunct instructor positions at colleges or universities; those preparing for professional careers in non-academic settings; or those seeking to enjoy the intellectual rewards of a liberal arts education at the graduate level.

Spanish (MA)

The Master of Arts in Spanish serves individuals who seek a greater understanding of Spanish language, literatures and cultures, and who seek career and professional advancement opportunities in education, translation, applied language (Business Spanish), and who contemplate pursuing a Ph.D. in fields such as Hispanic literature, linguistics, translation studies, intercultural communication, or international studies. The M.A. in Spanish provides a rich variety of graduate coursework in a major world language that is becoming increasingly important in the United States. The program builds on a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum and consists of two concentrations: 1. Language, Literature and Culture (LLC), and 2. Translating and Translation Studies (TTS). Students in either concentration may take either: (1) 30 credit hours of elective courses or (2) 24 credit hours of elective courses plus a master's thesis (6 credit hours). FUNDING -- The Department of Languages and Culture Studies usually has four Research/Teaching Assistantships. Assistantships for the Fall semester are usually assigned shortly after the end of March. For the Spring semester, assistantships are assigned by the end of September. The assistantships give students $8000 (eight thousand) dollars per semester in exchange for 20 hours a week of work. If you receive an assistantship, you can also be nominated for the Master's Merit Award, which will provide you with an additional $4000 for each academic year over two years. Assistantships do not include tuition waiver. -- Whether or not you receive an assistantship, the Graduate Director can also nominate you for the Graduate School Tuition Support Grant ($2000) if you're admitted by the end of March or earlier. -- Please note that to maximize access to the funding opportunities described above, new students have to be admitted for Fall by the end of March or earlier. *******************************************************************************************************

Languages and Culture Studies: Translating (CERT)

Students in the certificate program study the history, theory, methodology, and profession of translation; work in the analysis and translation of different types of discourse, including non-literary and literary texts; become familiar with computer-assisted translation; and develop advanced post-editing skills. Graduate level coursework may also include special topics courses in translation and up to 3 credit hours of professional internship credit in translating. Translating is done in both directions of a given language pair: English ↔ French English ↔ German English ↔ Japanese English ↔ Russian English ↔ Spanish FUNDING New students admitted for Fall by the end of March and with a GPA of 3.0, may be nominated for the Graduate School Tuition Award ($2000). *******************************************************************************************************

Gerontology (CERT)

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is designed to provide supplementary graduate education in the field of gerontology. Qualifying undergraduates studying at UNC Charlotte may begin as an Early Entry Student. Those with a bachelor's degree may complete it as a stand-alone option. This is also a perfect gap year program for those between undergraduate and graduate work. Those who already have a graduate degree in another field and want to learn more about older adults or those completing a graduate degree in another field who are interested in working with older adults will be able to understand more about the population they serve by completing this certificate.

Cognitive Science (CERT)

The skills acquired by Cognitive Science students are applicable in many career fields, particularly those associated with the information industry including telecommunications, information processing, medical analysis, data representation and retrieval, education, scientific research and multimedia design. Cognitive Science graduates can apply their skills to positions in human factors and computer-human interactions, artificial intelligence (creating computer systems that demonstrate what appears to be intelligent behavior), human performance testing, education, and neurological testing.

Criminal Justice (MS)

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a social science degree. As such, students are trained in the areas of criminological theory, criminal justice policy, law and social control, research methodology and data analysis. The goal of the program is to produce graduates who can think broadly and critically about issues related to crime and the criminal justice system, and to be informed consumers as well as producers of scientific research. These skills can serve students well in many areas of the criminal justice workforce, and/or in their future endeavors in Ph.D. programs.

Africana Studies (CERT)

The Africana Studies graduate certificate is designed for students interested in the global African and African Diaspora experience, with emphasis on history, culture, and social policy. The program provides advanced credential of analytical knowledge and skills in any area of Africana Studies. The certificate can be earned either as a freestanding course of study or in conjunction with master's or doctoral work in a wide variety of subjects, especially in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts and Architecture, Education, and Health Sciences.

Sociology (MA)

The Master of Arts in Sociology provides students with theoretical and methodological skills necessary to undertake analysis of contemporary social issues and problems. The curriculum prepares students who wish to pursue further graduate education in sociology or related fields (such as Public Policy or Organizational Science). We offer a Master’s degree that prepares students for future doctoral work and applied positions.

Emergency Management (CERT)

As part of the Master of Public Administration program, the graduate certificate in Emergency Management provides education and training for the public and nonprofit sectors, conduct scholarly and applied research to advance the field of public administration, and serve the community. Specialized training can be obtained in this certificate without having to pursue the MPA master's degree.

Organizational Science (Ph.D.)

Organizational Science is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry focusing on employee and organizational health, well-being, and effectiveness. Organizational Science is both a science and a practice, founded on the notion that enhanced understanding leads to applications and interventions that benefit the individual, work groups, the organization, the customer, the community, and the larger society in which the organization operates.