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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.

My Spanish-speaking and cultural knowledge has been immensely invaluable in the immigration field. Although I don't use my Spanish much in this job (we have court interpreters), in previous jobs I translated legal documents and felt I was better able to communicate with my clients because of not just my fluency, but because I understood something about their culture.

Sarah Krieger ’11 — Hispanic studies and government major, law clerk, federal Department of Justice

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.

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, with intense emphasis on writing. Major emphasis placed on anthropolitical linguistics; special focus on political and cultural history of U.S. Latinos/as: issues of immigration, bilingualism, English-Only. Interdisciplinary readings by Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino/a authors, as well as interdisciplinary film. Group activism project targets Latino communities in Utica and surrounding areas. Intense interaction focused on discussion and oral and written argumentation. Writing-intensive. Proseminar.

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Ficciones del delito 213


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. Prerequisite, 210 or 211, or consent of instructor. Not open to senior majors. Proseminar.

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


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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