Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
As a Spanish and Hispanic Studies major at Union, you will enjoy a dynamic journey across Spain, Latin America and U.S. Latino communities through an array of exceptional course offerings, terms abroad, extracurricular activities and interdisciplinary initiatives.
You will study with a diverse group of faculty members whose research interests infuse their classroom teaching. You’ll partake in lively discussions, develop written linguistic skills, deepen your critical and creative thinking, and broaden your awareness and understanding of cultural diversity.
There isn’t a better time – or place – to study Spanish, the third most-spoken language among the more than 5,000 in the world today. The U.S. Bureau of the Census has predicted that the number of Spanish language speakers in the U.S. will surpass the 100 million mark by 2050.
Our program offers all levels of Spanish language learning plus an array of upper-level courses in Spanish and in English. Thematic clusters cover the diversity of Spanish, Hispanic and Latino languages, literatures and cultures. Students also have the unique opportunity to take classes geared toward a variety of professions, including medicine, economics, and business, and to explore digital and social media in Spanish and Hispanic culture. Senior-level classes span a host of subjects based on faculty members’ personal research projects and interests.
Immerse yourself in Spanish life on terms abroad in Spain and Argentina. In Spain, students live with a host family in Seville and take courses through Union’s partnership with Spanish Studies Abroad. One course in a specialized area of Spanish literature or culture is taught by the Union faculty member leading the program. There are optional internships in health and immigration.
A faculty-led winter term in Cordoba, the second largest city in Argentina, combines classroom study with numerous field trips. A winter break mini-term in Argentina focused on social movements and human rights features two weeks in Buenos Aires and one week traveling in Patagonia. Study is divided between classroom presentations and visits to locales where activists are engaged in social, economic and environmental justice movements.
With knowledge of Spanish and Hispanic culture invaluable for an array of jobs, our majors enjoy careers in the business, education, government, healthcare, law and other fields.
What some of our graduates are doing:
- Editorial assistant, Pearson Education
- Ed.M. candidate, Teachers College, Columbia University
- Emerging markets expert, Mirae Asset Global Investments LLC
- Estate planning attorney, Kirkland & Ellis
- J.D. candidate, Texas A&M University School of Law
- Litigation associate, Goulston & Storrs PC
- Operations analyst, Citibank
- Research assistant, National Institute of Health
- Resident physician, emergency medicine, Boston Medical Center
- Senior talent operations manager, Ro
- Spanish teacher, School of the Holy Child
- Spanish and ESL teacher, Chappaqua Central School
- U.S. director, Idiomatic Language Servicesl