Foreign Languages

Our Spanish Theater Acto Latino was awarded the Educational Program of the Year from the Southeastern Latinx Student Leadership Conference from Western Carolina University. We are very grateful for this recognition and proud of our cast.


The Foreign Languages Program at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is committed to the teaching of foreign languages as an indispensable part of the University’s mission.

With members from different countries, the Foreign Languages faculty embodies and promotes diversity and multiculturalism so that students function effectively as global citizens.

In our programs, students acquire basic and advanced skills by studying language, literature, and cultures; develop cross-cultural competency; enhance the understanding of their own language; and sharpen their critical thinking skills.

The Foreign Languages Program offers activities to enhance formal language study and regularly sends students for a semester or summer study to Spain, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and other countries.

A favorable teacher-student ratio facilitates small classes and provides students with personalized instruction.

The Department of English, Theatre, and Foreign Languages takes very seriously its role in preparing majors and minors to apply their liberal arts education to future career goals.

The Department offers programs for the Spanish major; the student seeking North Carolina Teacher Licensure in Spanish, grades K-12; the Education major seeking an academic concentration in Spanish; and the student majoring in another subject who wishes to develop a minor in Spanish or simply to choose an elective or two in a foreign language.

Why Study Spanish? 

Studying a foreign language creates a window of opportunities. In order to be competitive in today’s job market, graduates need to be capable of functioning at high levels of linguistic and cultural proficiency. With the turn of the century, a significant focus has been placed on the ability to manage communication and to transfer knowledge across languages and cultures. Therefore, in order to be culturally competent, it is essential to form an understanding of another language.

Today, Spanish is the world’s third most spoken language and ranks second in terms of native speakers.  In the United States, more than 38 million residents speak Spanish at home. Internationally, it is the native language of approximately 460 million people in 21 countries. Spanish is also widely spoken in more countries where it is not the official language. In fact, over 515 million people across the world can speak Spanish!

The knowledge of a foreign language helps to further expand a student’s career options by complementing their language studies with a wide range of undergraduate majors, including but not limited to: Business, Criminal Justice, American Indian Studies, Economics, Communications, Political Science, Sociology, Nursing, etc. Consider this: a graduate who majored in both Spanish and Nursing more effectively communicating with the growing Hispanic population seeking health care.

Career Opportunities

The Hispanic population in the US has grown by over 60% in just the past decade. By 2007, their buying power exceeded $926 million.

Education- K-12 teacher (with Teacher Licensure), professor, translator, administrator

Government-ambassador, diplomat, interpreter, administrator, research specialist, international relations

Business-publishing, management, sales and marketing, public relations, international law

Communications-news, film, operator, correspondent, travel and tourism

Social Services/Scientific Fields-social worker, speech pathology, missionary, researcher, medicine