The Center for Hispanic Studies introduces you to the study of Hispanic cultures and
the Spanish language and prepares you to live and work in a competitive, interdependent
world. Developing and refining your Spanish skills, studying Hispanic culture and
living in a Spanish-speaking country offer you life-changing experiences with another
culture in a way that very few other disciplines can.
The United States is now the second largest Spanish-speaking country in the world.
It is projected to become the largest Spanish-speaking country by 2050. A command
of Spanish and knowledge of Spanish culture will be an asset to you in most disciplines
and virtually a requirement in some.
In our Center, you will find yourself in small classes with individualized attention
where we foster critical thinking, intellectual and emotional growth, as well as respect
for diversity and inclusion. You will learn to respect different cultural traditions
as well as the dignity of all women and men.
Some courses include a community engagement approach to learning, providing you with
firsthand opportunities to work and interact with diverse Hispanic populations. At
the same time, we help enhance your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills
and augment your appreciation of varied literatures and civilizations. In these ways,
the curriculum and programs of the department contribute to building moral character.
Currently, the Center offers you study abroad opportunities through residence programs
in Salamanca, Spain; Pamplona, Spain; and San José, Costa Rica.
As a Center, we fully support the Standards for Foreign Language Learning developed
by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the American
Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP).