Hispanic Studies

On campus you will find a diverse curriculum that includes Spanish language and Latin American, Spanish and U.S. Latino literature and culture. In Madrid, during the Academic Year In Spain program, you will have the total immersion in Spanish life and language no classroom can duplicate.

Bianca Buonaguro '14, right, and Sarah Kerr '14 

A student’s discovery: loving a new language

Bianca Buonaguro ’14 didn’t realize how much she loves speaking Spanish until she studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, an experience that inspired her to take on Hispanic studies as a second major. (History was her first.) Buonaguro is aiming for a career in which she can use her Spanish.

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A graduate’s progress: a Columbia law degree and federal job

Hamilton College degree in hand, Sarah Krieger ’11 went straight from the Hill to Columbia Law School. She now works for the federal Department of Justice as attorney advisor in its Executive Office for Immigration Review, Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, a law clerk to eight judges in the Arlington Immigration Court and Headquarters Immigration Court. She was first drawn to immigrant law when she wrote her senior theses on Arizona’s SB-1070 bill, a controversial immigration law. “I was a double major in government and Hispanic studies, so immigration law is a natural interest for me that combined my two majors,” Krieger says.  “After writing my senior thesis, I knew I wanted to pursue immigration law. I intended to work in the advocacy field, but a law professor I had pushed me to apply for this job, and I'm so happy I did that.”

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