Academic Catalog and Handbooks

2023-2024 Edition

Hispanic Studies

Department Chair: Roy Ketchum

Faculty: Eleonora Bertranou, Patricia Bolaños, Bruce Campbell, Shirley Cardozo, Nelsy Echávez Solano, Marietta Franulic, Tania Gómez, Christina Hennessy, Roy Ketchum, Marina Martín, Elena Sánchez Mora, Sarah Schaaf, Corey Shouse

The study of another language is an adventure, an exploration into the workings of minds both like and unalike our own. As human minds mold language, so language also molds human minds. A language is therefore not only a means by which we represent our thoughts; it is also a medium that presents the world to us in a certain way. When we learn a new language, we learn to see differently - we acquire a new perspective from which to view both ourselves and the world. In the literature of another language we encounter a culture revealed, extended and tested by its most critical and inventive thinkers, who use the language to explore their society's limitations and possibilities. Because the study of language liberates us from bondage to a single cultural perspective and allows us to converse with members of another culture, it has from the times of the ancient Romans been considered central to a liberal education.

Students of Hispanic Studies seek to understand an intricate contemporary culture and explore the literature and traditions that give it life. The major in Hispanic Studies, accordingly, consists of a balanced program of language, literature, culture, and linguistics, and includes one semester in the colleges' semester study abroad programs in Chile, Guatemala, and Spain.

A major in Hispanic Studies is often interdisciplinary in nature and prepares students for a wide variety of careers, both in the United States and around the world. Some students pursue careers in teaching or go on to graduate school in their field, others enter those professions in which applicants with a broad liberal background are sought. Beyond that, the linguistic competence associated with such a major is increasingly of interest to employers in a growing number of business, service, and government fields. As a result, students often choose to double major.

Hispanic Studies Courses Taught Abroad

All the following courses count towards the major or minor in Hispanic Studies.

Viña del Mar, Chile (Fall)

HISP 315Spanish Conversation and Composition I Abroad4
HISP 316Spanish Conversation and Composition II Abroad4
HISP 370CDHistory of Chile (Abroad)4
HISP 363Advanced Spanish Abroad (Meets the linguistics requirement)4
SA 370 Direct enrollment courses4

Segovia, Spain (Spring)

HISP 324History, Society and Spanish Cinema Abroad4
HISP 356AASpanish National Tradition, Modernity and Cultural Identity Abroad4
HISP 359Spain and the European Union Abroad4
HISP 363Advanced Spanish Abroad (Meets the linguistics requirement)4
HISP 396Myths and Legends in Times of Globalization Abroad4
SA 398International Field Experience1-4

Valladolid, Spain (Summer)

HISP 211Intermediate Spanish4

Otavalo, Ecuador (Summer)

HISP 317Intensive Spanish Composition and Conversation Abroad4
HISP 318Intensive Spanish Composition and Conversation II Abroad4