The goal of the Hispanic Studies Department is to help students employ the methods of literary and cultural analysis to develop an informed understanding of Spain, Latin America, and Hispanic U.S., and to reach oral and written proficiency in the Spanish language.
About the Major
At Hamilton, students find an array of courses in the Spanish language and in Latin American, Spanish, and U.S. Latinx literatures and cultures. And through our Academic Year In Spain headquartered in Madrid, they are immersed in Spanish life and language. Hispanic studies is a field of practical value for students interested in careers in international affairs, government, education, the arts, or any profession that requires competence in Spanish.
Students Will Learn To:
demonstrate oral proficiency in Spanish.
demonstrate written proficiency in Spanish.
utilize their curricular studies of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures through experiential learning.
demonstrate disciplinary practice by producing literary/film criticism that argues an original thesis.
A Sampling of Courses
Women in Spanish Literature and Film:''Chicas de pelicula''
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.
Explore these select courses:
This course develops communication skills used in business, health, government, law, environmental studies, and social justice. Special emphasis is given to building vocabulary and the improvement of grammatical structures through practical application. Oral and written assignments are designed to expand knowledge of Hispanic social practices while increasing intercultural competence.
Meet Our Faculty
Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies
Medieval Iberian literatures and cultures; cross-cultural exchanges; medieval travel writing; Alfonso X of Castile; early modern Spanish travel; autobiography
Explore Hamilton Stories
Who do people turn to for help? Many turn to family, close friends, or sometimes, they may even seek out state authorities. But what happens when these options are no longer available—when you have left behind your families and friends, and state authorities will sooner detain you than offer you help? This is the reality for thousands of migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border, and the driving question to Nick Cackett’s ’24 and Quinn Jones’ 23 summer research projects.
Careers After Hamilton
Hamilton graduates who concentrated in Hispanic studies are pursuing careers in a variety of fields, including:
- 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