Luisa Briones-Manzano studies Iberian literatures and cultures.
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.
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
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.View All Courses
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.View All Courses
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.View All Courses
Narrating Medieval Iberia 212
Samples popular short-narrative genres (ballads, legends, exemplary stories) and their recurring themes in Medieval Spain. We will explore the rich variety of sources (oral, literary) and traditions (classical, Islamic, Christian, Jewish) in order to gain a multifaceted view of this complex and fascinating period in Spain’s history. Readings include romances, Hispano-Arabic and Hispano-Hebrew poems, excerpts from the great framed-narrative collections (El conde Lucanor, among others) and the Libro de buen amor, as well as popular stories of heroes and saints, and travelogues. Proseminar.View All Courses
Advanced grammar review and practical application 219
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
The World of Spanish Art: From the Alhambra to Guernica 257F
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
Next for Aida Shadrav '17: Harvard Dental School