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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.

In conjunction with another concentration or group of complementary courses, 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 with a concentration in Latin American studies may enter into fields such as bilingual education, social work, government and international organizations, business, journalism, and specialized nonprofit organizations.


The Spanish and Latin American studies concentration requires a minimum of 24 credits. Students must take at least 12 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 must also take at least eight additional credits in courses designed to help students broaden their knowledge of historical, cultural, and political contexts relevant to their study of Spanish, Spain, or Latin America. Students choose these electives in consultation with their Moderation Committee from such disciplines as anthropology, geography, history, political science, sociology, literature, art, and music.

Students might pursue a second foreign language or linguistics, while those interested in politics and the arts might take additional courses to broaden their theoretical perspective on Spanish and Latin American cultures. Students selecting this concentration are encouraged to spend one or both semesters of their junior year in an approved program of study in either Spain or one of the countries of Latin America. Students are encouraged to apply to study at universities in Argentina, Cuba, and Spain through the College’s Spanish Studies Abroad Signature Program. For more information see Signature Programs International.

Course Spotlight

Student in lounge with Spanish book.

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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