About the Program
Spanish-Latin American studies at Westminster focuses on engaging with course content through real-world experiences. Our classes combine Spanish studies in conversation with other disciplines, like literature and environmental science. Through our holistic curriculum, you will be able to make relevant connections to Spanish and Latin American culture.
What You'll Learn
- Master the following aspects of language learning: communication, culture, connections, comparisons, and communities.
- Develop a knowledge of the major aspects of Hispanic and Latin American literature, cultural history, cultural traditions.
- Demonstrate proficiency in conversation, composition, and the reading of short fiction, developing the ability to understand and be understood by native speakers.
- Develop a deeper understanding of the communication potential of the Spanish language and its cultural value.
- Master the basic structures of grammar.
Plan of Study
In introductory Spanish classes, you will learn the basic structures of grammar and gain the foundations of written and oral proficiency. Students that enter the program with an advanced knowledge of the language can test out of these requirements.
In upper-division courses, you will work with literary works from different Spanish-speaking countries and examine their respective cultures. You will also investigate the anthropological, historical, or social component in Hispanic and Latin American culture to develop a senior project--a thesis or internship.
Mountains Narrative and Conflicts
The narrative of mountains and conflicts corresponds to the literary, social, geographical, political, and historical implications of the Spanish, Mexican, and Colombian guerrillas. Delve into texts that explore the consequences of guerillas through a nature narrative based on the mountains.
Magical Realism and Current Narratives
Reshaped in Latin America, magical realism has been one of the most popular literary styles in contemporary literature. In this class, we will discuss the fascinating real and surreal elements of this literature and film genre and compare it to other literary movements.
The Spanish Speaking World
Learn about the professional opportunities that go hand-in-hand with learning Spanish. Through oral presentations and class conversations, you will acquire the grammar and vocabulary you need to use Spanish in fields such as medicine, law, and business.