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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.

The way you learn Spanish at Hamilton is more hands-on and it almost happens organically, where it’s not like you’re having these very regimented drills where you have grammar hammered down your throat or you’re memorizing things. It’s about discussion and reading and then your skills naturally evolve as you are exposed to more material and as you spend more time discussing.

Bianca Buonaguro ’14 — Hispanic studies major

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

Contact Information


Hispanic Studies Department

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4771 315-859-4687 hispanicstudies@hamilton.edu

Meet Our Faculty

A Sampling of Courses

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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.

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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.

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Spanish for Heritage/Bilingual Speakers 201


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.

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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.

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Advanced grammar review and practical application 219F


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 Spanish

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The World of Spanish Art: From the Alhambra to Guernica 257


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).

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