Spanish-Latin American Studies

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Bachelor of Arts
Major, Minor
School of Arts and Sciences
4-Year Degree


Learning another language broadens your understanding of cultures and prepares you for working in an interconnected world. At Westminster, you can major in Spanish-Latin American studies to get the benefits of an interdisciplinary language education. Through hands-on learning opportunities, you will witness firsthand the advantages of communicating with more people.

Who It's For

Our program is designed for students who want to go beyond their immediate place and culture. If you want to learn a new language through classes that explore Spanish and Latin American politics, art, science, and history, this program is the right fit for you.

Key Benefits

  • Internships, local and international May Terms, and study abroad opportunities where you can immerse yourself in different cultures
  • Strong emphasis in language fluency and pronunciation
  • Small upper-level classes that focus on debates and evidence-based discussions in Spanish
  • Proficient faculty members that connect students with members of the local Spanish-speaking community

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.

Meet the Faculty

What You'll Learn

  • To achieve proficiency in the “5 C’s” of language learning: communication, culture, connections, comparisons, and communities.
  • Year 1: Master the basic grammar structures in the target language, demonstrate a “survival” level of written and oral proficiency, and gain a foundation in cultural traditions.
  • Year 2: Achieve standard proficiency in conversation, composition, and short fiction readings. They will continue to deepen their knowledge of Spanish culture and history.
  • Year 3: Understand and be understandable by native speakers and know the major aspects of Hispanic literature and cultural history.

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.

Liberal Education Courses

You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.

Sample Courses

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.

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“Being part of this program was a wonderful way to deepen my understanding and appreciation of many of our nearby cultures. The professors that belong to the program have built a brilliant undergraduate curriculum that truly leaves you feeling satiated yet desiring to remain abreast in all that is Spanish and Latin American.”

Richard Leeflang (’12), Nursing and Spanish-Latin American Studies

Related Programs

Westminster also offers a minor in Spanish that consists of a minimum of 20 credit hours in Spanish coursework. A minor in Spanish can complement your major area of study by providing you with various career choices or plans for advanced studies.

Tuition and Aid

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Westminster College knows you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. Westminster will work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, Westminster helps you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

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You’ll be automatically considered for scholarship and grant opportunities.

In addition to general merit scholarships, other scholarship programs are available to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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