Marissa Ambio’s recent writing examines the work of Junot Díaz.
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.
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.
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.View All Courses
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.View All Courses
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.View All Courses
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.View All Courses
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.View All Courses
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.View All Courses
Witnessing Political History in León, Spain
Kayla Self ’21 has been listening to her Puerto Rican mother speak Spanish at home since she was a child, but she didn’t get much practice speaking it herself. After enrolling in a few Spanish courses at Hamilton, she decided to take her oral communication skills to the next level.