Hispanic Studies

Undergraduate Program

Our undergraduate program offers a sequence of courses ranging from basic to advanced, and a wide selection of literature and culture courses, many of them cross-listed. Students at all levels develop proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing while also studying the cultures and societies of the contemporary Spanish-speaking world.

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world and the second language of the United States. In our society, knowing Spanish is not just an asset; it is increasingly a necessity. The Hispanic Literatures and Cultures concentration enables students to develop advanced Spanish skills while acquiring a solid background in the complex history, literature, cultures and intellectual traditions of Spain, Latin America, and the Latinx-U.S.

The department offers a variety of courses on topics related to literary history and theory; multicultural contact; linguistics and the history of the language; visual culture, film, and performance studies. Interdisciplinarity is a hallmark of the department, and students in this concentration are encouraged to broaden their perspectives by taking relevant courses in other departments.

Most students choose to strengthen their academic preparation by participating in a study abroad program in Spain or Latin America and by engaging with Latin American and Latinx communities in the United States.

Students with an excellent record in their Hispanic Studies courses will be eligible to write an honors thesis or write and produce an honors project.

Capstone Colloquium

Giving students an opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate their achievements in the Hispanic Literatures and Cultures concentration, there is an annual colloquium with graduating seniors, faculty and friends. Each graduating senior shares a piece of work or a text, whether studied in class or produced as an assignment, that stands out as particularly significant to their time in Hispanic Studies. This can take several forms: it can be an extract from a poem, novel, play, or critical essay; it can also be a film or music clip or piece of art; or, a translation done by the student, or an original creative text.

Director of Undergraduate Studies