Director of Undergraduate Studies:
Professor Silvia Sobral
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 Culture 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 Latino 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, but students in this concentration are also encouraged to broaden their perspectives by taking relevant courses in other departments. Most choose to strengthen their academic preparation by participating in a study abroad program in Spain or Latin America and by engaging with Hispanic communities in the United States.
The Department of Hispanic Studies offers a standard concentration program in Hispanic Language, Literatures and Cultures, which requires comprehensive work in the Spanish language and in-depth study of Hispanic literatures and cultures. 700-level courses provide basic tools for critical analysis and opportunities for advanced Spanish language skill-development, while 1000-level courses offer opportunities to explore a particular author, genre, period, or special topic, and to master diverse analytical approaches.
The overall requirement is a minimum of ten courses, at least six of which must be taken in the Department of Hispanic Studies.