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Spanish and Latin American Studies

Along with their study of Spanish language, students in this concentration also study the literature, culture, history, and politics of Spain and of Latin America.

The Spanish and Latin American studies concentration can help prepare students for graduate study or careers in a variety of areas, including international relations, journalism, political science, history, comparative literature, and foreign service.

Related Career paths

Students often pair Spanish and Latin American studies with another concentration in order to enter professions related to bilingual education, social work, government and international organizations, business, journalism, law, and medicine.


This concentration requires at least 11 credits of courses taught in Spanish at the 206-level or higher, including two courses (or at least eight credits) at the 300-level. Students selecting this concentration typically spend one or both semesters of their junior year studying abroad. Students are encouraged to apply to study at universities in Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Spain through the College’s Spanish Studies Abroad Signature Program. For more information see Spanish Studies Abroad below.

Course Spotlight

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Spanish 213: Passion, Trickery, and Revenge: Latin American Detective Novels

Latin American writers have created a number of significant literary sleuths who challenge and change the detective fiction that began in Europe and the United States. Why? What does it mean to parody Poe? To make a detective political? Course readings traverse the rich tradition of la novela detectivesca in Latin American letters. In an array of detective stories and novellas, we see the influence of dime novels and popular culture, an “upside down” form in which the state is criminal, the aesthetics of a labyrinthine plot, and nods to Poe and writers from Europe. All readings and discussions in Spanish. Prerequisites: Spanish 205 or equivalent or permission of the instructor.

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