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CURRICULUM

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Delving into the ethnically diverse and conflictive genesis of both imperial Spain and colonial Latin America, the Spanish and Hispanic studies program traces some of the main features and events of the Hispanic world, as it has evolved and continues to evolve, on both sides of the Atlantic.

COURSE LIST

If you'd like to view a full listing of our course options in Spanish and Hispanic studies or any other subject, please visit the Online Course Catalogue.

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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Requirements for the Major in Spanish and Hispanic Studies (B.A.)

disciplinary, 11 courses

Eleven Spanish and Hispanic Studies courses, including three SPAN courses from level II (200s), three SPAN courses from level III (300 to 349), three SPAN courses from level IV (350 and above), and two more courses which can be either SPAN courses at levels III or IV, or SPNE courses (taught in English with a Hispanic content). Students may apply up to four courses in department-sponsored programs in Spain and Costa Rica towards this major. Courses in non-departmental programs must be pre-approved by the SHS Dept. With the department's approval a course at a higher level can replace a course at a lower level.

Requirements for the Minor in Spanish and Hispanic Studies

disciplinary, 6 courses

Six Spanish and Hispanic studies courses, including three courses from level II, and three courses from level III, only one of which can be an SPNE course (taught in English with a Hispanic content). Students may apply two courses in department-sponsored programs in Spain and Costa Rica towards this minor. Courses in non-departmental programs must be pre-approved by the SHS Dept. With the department's approval a course at a higher level can replace a course at a lower level.

Requirements for the Minor in Hispanic Studies

interdisciplinary, 6 courses

Six courses selected in consultation with an adviser in the SHS Department and including two SPAN courses at level II, two at level III or above, and two courses in other disciplines (see suggested list of non-departmental courses below). Only one of the courses at level III or above can be an SPNE course (taught in English with Hispanic content) or an equivalent course offered abroad. Students may apply two courses in department-sponsored programs in Spain and Costa Rica towards this minor. Courses in non-departmental programs abroad must be pre-approved by the Spanish and Hispanic Studies Department. With the department's approval a course at a higher level can replace a course at a lower level. Suggested non-departmental courses: AFS 200, ANTH 115, ANTH 205, ANTH 227, ANTH 297, BIDS 235, BIDS 286, ECON 135, ECON 240, ECON 344, ECON 435, EDUC 370, HIST 226, HIST 231, HIST 240, LTAM 210, MUS 217, POL 255, POL 348, POL 416, REL 238, SOC 221, SOC 233.

Requirements for the Minor in Latino Culture

disciplinary, 6 courses

Six courses selected in consultation with an adviser in the program and including:

  • Two courses from the advanced language cluster:
    SPAN 204 Spanish for Heritage Speakers
    SPAN 225 Hispanic Media: Contemporary Issues
    SPAN 231 The Art of Translation
    SPAN 260 Advanced Grammar and Composition

  • Two courses from the Culture, Literature, and Linguistics cluster:
    SPNE 226 Screen Latinos
    SPNE 305 Crossing Borders: Language and Latino Communities
    SPNE 311 The Latino Experience
    SPNE 330 Latina Writing in the United States
    SPAN 332 Literatura infantil
    SPAN 355 Contemporary Theater: Innovations in Hispanic Drama
    SPAN 365 Literature and Music of the Hispanic Caribbean
    SPAN 385 Sounds of Spanish

  • Two more courses from either group or from the following list of selected courses:
    AFS 200 Ghettoscapes
    LTAM 232 The Latina Experience
    With departmental permission, other courses on Latino issues, may count towards a minor in Latino Culture.

COURSES

Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses, each designed to provide students with an understanding of Spanish history, culture, and language.

Below, you'll find a sampling of some of our most popular classes, as well as suggestions for making Spanish and Hispanic studies a part of your larger interdisciplinary experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

SPAN 225 Hispanic Media: Contemporary Issues

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Heighten your cultural awareness while investigating contemporary issues as presented in the media of Spain, Latin America and U.S. Latino communities. Explore topics such as immigration and multiculturalism, gender and sexuality, linguistic variety of the Spanish language, and issues of cultural identity among others. Want to learn more about the Latina community in the U.S. and Geneva? Enroll in LTAM 232 The Latina Experience.

SPAN 340 Spanish Cinema

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Study Spanish filmmakers through film screenings, class discussions, and readings on film theory, film history, and Spanish culture. Trace the evolution of Spanish cinema through Franco’s military dictatorship and under the new democratic system, and delve into themes of exile and censorship, gender and sexuality, and religion and nationality. When you've learned all about Spanish cinema, continue delving into film by enrolling in ENG 233 Art of the Screenplay.

SPAN 385 Sounds of Spanish

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Step further into your stuy of the Spanish language with an introduction to the mechanics of native sound production. Non-native speakers and native speakers will work together to achieve a native-like pronunciation. After you've completed this course, turn your attention to the sounds and history of the Hispanic Caribbean by enrolling in SPAN 365 Literature and Music of the Hispanic Caribbean.

BIDS 286 Gender, Nation, Literature

Examine the relationship between gender and national cultures in Latin America, from Independence to World War II (c. 1825-1945). Also learn about the critical problems of Latin America's state formation, including the role of gender and the position of women in the region's post-colonial order. Next, continue to study women’s experiences by taking HIST 208 Women in American History.