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Spanish: Major

Studying the language, cultures, and literatures of the Spanish-speaking world, you will gain vital writing, speaking, and communication skills, improve your analytical abilities, and develop a cross-cultural awareness and global perspective at home and abroad.

Our rigorous and intellectually rich academic program teaches literary and linguistic analysis, critical thinking, and intercultural communication. The Spanish curriculum, taught exclusively in Spanish, includes traditional and Directed Independent language classes, as well as rich offerings in focused language (including creative writing, medical Spanish, translation, and Spanish for business); writing and conversation courses for native, heritage, and non-native speakers; and advanced coursework in literature, culture, linguistics, and film studies.

You will benefit both from courses taught by the department’s devoted and accomplished faculty and from small practice sessions and cultural programming led by foreign language assistants (FLAs), who bring language lessons to life by offering a window into the contemporary culture of their native countries. A focus on experiential learning, which includes community-based programs, academic study tours, and study abroad, will encourage you to encounter difference and learn from others directly — a process which promotes inquiry and intercultural understanding. On campus and farther afield, you will gain a vivid understanding of multiculturalism and diversity.

Program Highlights

The vibrant course offerings of the Spanish department include traditional language courses, which are offered from elementary to advanced levels, and a variety of courses in the following areas:
  • Focused Language
  • Culture and Cinema
  • Linguistics
  • Textual Analysis
  • Readings in Literature
  • Advanced Pre-modern Studies
  • Advanced Modern Studies
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Study abroad at major universities in Spain, Peru and Argentina.
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Contribute to “fosforo,” a bilingual journal of literature, art and ideas.
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Join Uni2Act and write and perform original plays that deal with issues of identity and inclusion on campus and beyond.

Spanish News

Quetzali Gomez '23

HC Student Summer: Quetzali Gomez ’23

Sep 7, 2020

Quetzali Gomez ’23 Summer Plans: Intern, Beacon Place Hometown: Highwood, IL Major: Sociology and Spanish Summer Plans My summer internship was at a non-profit organization in Waukegan, Illinois, named Beacon Place. The organization offers support to students and families in …

Holy Cross’ Montserrat Program Teaches Lessons That Resonate During Coronavirus

May 25, 2020

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