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. Latino literature and culture. 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.
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 ’14 — 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.
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, 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.View All Courses
Rigorous review of Spanish grammar at the highest level, including study of the more complex structures relating to the use of the subjunctive,the passive voice and reflexives, the preterite and imperfect tenses, expressions of probability, and the expansion of expository vocabulary. Considerable effort devoted to the development of a mature style of writing, but emphasis placed on the learning and oral practice of grammatical structures. Especially recommended for Spanish majors or minors in their sophomore year, those planning to study abroad or future teachers of SpanishView All Courses
Intensive study of the artistic production of Spain, as reflected in the most significant expressions of architecture, painting and sculpture, along with the cultural and historical context in which these works were created. To be included, among others: Moorish, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassic and Modernist styles (in architecture); El Greco, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Sorolla, Picasso and Dalí (in painting); and Vasco de la Zarza, Bigarny, Diego de Siloé, Juni, Montanás, Cano, Mena, Berruguete (in sculpture).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.