The Spanish language program offers a sequence of courses ranging from basic to advanced. 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. 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, and students in this concentration are 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.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Develop a broad understanding of Hispanic literatures and cultures
  • Acquire advanced level language skills in Spanish
  • Develop sophisticated approaches to the study of Spanish texts and cultural production in the Hispanic world
  • Produce a body of essays, creative projects, research papers, and personal reflections for the electronic Capstone Portfolio

Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)

Student Leaders: Samuel (Sam) Orenstein, Gabriel Schillinger-Hyman, Ahjeetha Shankar

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2018 10  2
2019 6 1 1


Directors of Undergraduate Studies: Silvia Sobral and Felipe Martínez-Pinzón
Advisor: Silvia Sobral