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You’ll find a diverse curriculum that includes courses in the Spanish language and in Latin American, Spanish and U.S. Latinx literatures and cultures. During the Academic Year In Spain, which is in Madrid, you will be totally immersed in Spanish life and language. That’s an experience no classroom can duplicate.

About the Major

The course of study includes Spanish language for non-native and native speakers. Hispanic studies is a field of great practical value to students who are interested in careers in international affairs, government, education, the arts or any profession that requires competence in Spanish.

The way you learn Spanish at Hamilton is more hands-on and it almost happens organically, where it’s not like you’re having these very regimented drills where you have grammar hammered down your throat or you’re memorizing things. It’s about discussion and reading and then your skills naturally evolve as you are exposed to more material and as you spend more time discussing.

Bianca Buonaguro — Hispanic studies major

We live in an increasingly bilingual culture and in a world in which communicating and understanding across geographical and ethnic lines is essential. The Hispanic studies program reflects Hamilton’s liberal arts tradition of reaching beyond the limits of one’s own experience and building bridges to the world.

Encuentros (online magazine)

Careers After Hamilton

  • Bilingual Literacy Tutor, AmeriCorps
  • Executive Director, City of Boston
  • Veterinary Student, Cornell University
  • Spanish Teacher, New York City Department of Education
  • Outreach Manager, Explorer Programs, National Geographic Society
  • Foreign Language Chair, Trinity-Pawling School
  • Executive Vice President/Chief Risk Officer, E*TRADE Financial

Contact Information

Hispanic Studies Department

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4771 315-859-4687 hispanicstudies@hamilton.edu

Meet Our Faculty

A Sampling of Courses

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Spanish Immersion I 115F

Designed for exceptionally motivated beginning students who wish to accelerate their acquisition of Spanish. Intensive and interactive study of all of the basic grammatical structures of Spanish, with particular emphasis on writing and speaking. Successful completion will place students into 130 or 135. Students who follow the sequence through 135 may qualify for study abroad in one year. This course is only offered in the fall. Proseminar.

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Conversation on Hispanic Cultures 140FS

Intense focus on speech emergence and oral presentation. Study of diverse cultural readings and other aesthetic productions as a basis for refinement of grammar comprehension and as a means to further improve writing, reading and listening skills. Three hours of class, with additional activities, TA sessions and laboratory work. Taught in Spanish. Oral Presentations. Proseminar.

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Spanish for Heritage/Bilingual Speakers 201F

Integrated review of the grammatical structure of Spanish for bilingual students who are native or heritage speakers, with intense emphasis on grammar and writing. Major emphasis placed on anthropolitical linguistics; special focus on political and cultural history of U.S. Latinx: issues of immigration, bilingualism, English-Only, social and political movements. Interdisciplinary readings and film by Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latinx authors and filmmakers. Intense interaction focused on discussion and oral and written argumentation. Writing-intensive. Proseminar.

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Crime Fiction 213S

Analysis of the representations in Latin American fiction of such issues as delinquency, murder, marks of difference, language and social justice, and the critical perspectives which these phenomena engender. Works by Arlt, Borges, Puig, and others. Not open to senior majors. Proseminar.

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Women in Spanish Literature and Film:"Chicas de película" 224F

With an emphasis in the last two decades, this class will focus on literary and visual constructions of women in Contemporary Spain. Movies, poems and short stories will help us ask questions and explore ideas concerning Spanish women and society such as war and gender violence, immigration, sexualities, citizenship, interpersonal relationships, masculinities in transition, etc. Films and literary texts by Bigas Luna, Isabel Coixet, Icíar Bollaín, Anna Rossetti and Carme Riera, among others. Proseminar.

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Understanding the Contemporary Hispanic Caribbean World 283S

In each of the three Hispano-Caribbean islands toward the 1950s, different political fall-outs produced a corpus of texts distinct from that of their predecessors. The Cuban Revolution, the death of the Dominican dictator Trujillo, and Puerto Rico’s new political status as a U.S Commonwealth all spurred a reconsideration of literature and other media as a socio-political space in which to articulate new notions of cultural identity. This course, through poetry, film, music and narrative, examines the cultural shifts and their aesthetic correlates arising from these fracturing events. Oral Presentations. Proseminar.

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