Academic Program

The Spanish Program puts you in touch with the vitality and historical contexts of Spanish and Latin American literatures. The major and minor develop students’ skills in critical analysis and provide an understanding of literary values—in addition to the sociopolitical, economic, and cultural forces that shape them.

Spanish, the second national language of the United States, is the official language of twenty countries and is spoken by close to 500 million people around the world. A living and migrating language with a long history, it bears the imprint of the peoples who crafted it. Spanish is the gateway to one of the most vital and heterogeneous literatures and cultures in the world.

Our program incorporates a wide range of themes, texts and geographic areas to fulfill a wide variety of needs and interests. While we pay close attention to the canonical texts that have shaped a certain understanding of Iberian and Latin American literatures, we also explore the marginal voices and texts that challenge our preconceived notions. We cross the boundaries of literature, incorporating films and documentaries as we consider new critical methods and reading practices.

The Spanish Program has something to offer to everyone. It provides a strong foundation for graduate studies in Spanish and Latin American literatures. Our students pursue careers in a wide range of disciplines. Whether you are planning to be an engineer, biologist, historian, or political scientist, the study of Spanish language and its cultures will open your mind to unexplored worlds.

The Spanish Program offers a Course Major and Minor, Honors Major and Minor, and a Special Major in Spanish and Educational Studies. Special Majors of the student's own design will also be considered; for instance, Spanish and Latin American Studies; Spanish within Comparative Literature; Spanish and Linguistics; etc.