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 threefold emphasis—advanced verbal and written communication, research skills and analysis, and broad knowledge of diverse Spanish-speaking cultures—prepares students for graduate study or careers in a variety of areas, including business, economics, journalism, history, international relations, comparative literature, law, library science, medicine, political science, social services, and diplomatic service.
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, diplomacy, business, journalism, law, and medicine.
This concentration requires at least 31 credits, with a minimum of 11 credits in Spanish at the 205-level or higher, including two courses (or at least eight credits) at the 300-level, one methodology course, and one related course outside the division. 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.