Why Major in Spanish?
The Spanish major trains students in the cultural literacy needed to be citizens of a globalized world where over 400 million people speak Spanish. Our classes explore the life and culture of over 24 Spanish-language countries. We approach the rich cultural legacy of the Hispanic world from an interdisciplinary perspective that puts Latin American and Spanish texts in dialogue with other fields of knowledge such as anthropology, linguistics, history, women's studies, and studies on globalization, among others. The program also offers courses in Spanish and Latin American film, as well as in visual culture. The fact that many of our students are double majors facilitates this interdisciplinary approach.
Spanish majors acquire a solid foundation in reading, writing, researching, and critical thinking that they can then put to use in any future professional or academic endeavor. Career paths for recent students vary widely and include graduate school in literary and cultural studies, teaching, nursing, law, business, nonprofit organizations, medicine, sociology, and other specialties.
Our major boasts an active social life that includes luncheons with faculty and graduate students, tertulias, film festivals and film forums, among other social and cultural activities. We recognize excellence in our students through different prizes administered by the department. Seniors seeking admission in a graduate program can benefit from an advice session on how to apply to graduate school held every fall.
which are designed to satisfy requirements outside our major: Spanish 150, Latin American or Iberian literature in English translation; and Spanish 50, General Introduction to Latin American Culture and History.