Liberal Arts

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). *******************************************************************************************************

Latin American Studies (MA)

The Master of Arts in Latin American Studies provides students with the skills and knowledge to understand and analyze the societies of Latin America and the Caribbean—a region of key importance in the age of globalization and mass migration. The program provides an excellent foundation for advanced graduate study in the humanities, social sciences, and law. It is also designed to prepare the growing number of students who seek careers in the foreign service and other government agencies as well as those who will seek employment in non-governmental organizations with an international or cross-cultural orientation or in international business. It also serves as an important qualification for individuals in education and the social services who work with the burgeoning Hispanic population of North Carolina.

Nonprofit Management (CERT)

As part of the Master of Public Administration program, the graduate certificate in Non-Profit 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. Specilized 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.

Public Budgeting and Finance (CERT)

As part of the Master of Public Administration program, the graduate certificate in Public Finance 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. Specilized training can be obtained in this certificate without having to pursue the MPA master's degree.

Public Policy (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. in Public Policy is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the study of policy development, implementation, and evaluation. It stresses the development of skills, tools, and specialties, as well as a theoretical understanding of them, that contribute to our understanding of the structure of institutional systems and sub-systems and of how policy should be shaped within political environments.

Public Policy Research and Analysis (CERT)

The Graduate Certificate in Public Policy Research and Analysis provides students with a strong grounding in the processes through which public policies are designed, passed, implemented, and evaluated in conjunction with the training in quantitative and analytic skills necessary to carry out applied public policy research and analysis. The program requires the completion of 15 credit hours. The certificate must be completed within four years of admission, and students may apply credits earned towards a graduate degree program in conjunction with or after the certificate has been awarded.

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.

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.

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. *******************************************************************************************************