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Spanish & Hispanic Studies

Spanish & Hispanic Studies

Spanish is the third most-spoken language among the more than 5,000 languages spoken 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.

There are many reasons to study Spanish that are related to these demographic changes, but there is also the richness of the language and literature, with masterworks by such artists as Cervantes, Lorca, Neruda, Màrquez and Borges.

"The professors give you opportunities to hone your skills. My Performance in Literature class did an amazing acting workshop with playwrights and directors who Skyped in from Mexico City. They didn’t speak a word of English, but communication wasn't a problem."
- Trevor Martin

As a Spanish and Hispanic Studies major, you will enjoy an exciting journey through Spain, Latin America and the U.S. Latino communities through an array of exceptional course offerings. You will study with a diverse group of faculty members whose research interests infuse their classroom teaching. They engage students in lively discussions, consistent development of written linguistic skills, deep critical questioning and creative thinking, and a broadening awareness and understanding of cultural diversity.

Special learning opportunities

Opportunities for terms abroad in Spain and Argentina will also greatly further your knowledge of Spanish language, literature, culture and politics. The Union College Spanish Club promotes the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world through films, lectures, social gatherings, cooking classes and the weekly Spanish Table.

Careers

In addition to being an engaging academic pursuit, the Spanish and Hispanic Studies major will open up doors after Union. You'll be able to tap into a large array of career possibilities, including law, government, public policy, publishing and the health professions.

Meet some of our faculty


Stephanie Mueller

Stephanie Mueller

Assistant professor
Ph.D., The University of Iowa
Special interests: Spanish language and literature, gender studies, Spanish nationalism

Christine Henseler

Christine Henseler

Professor of Spanish & Hispanic studies
Ph.D., Cornell University
Special interests:  Spanish language and literature, Latin American and Caribbean studies, the humanities

William García

William García

Professor
Ph.D., Rutgers University
Special interests: Latin American theater and cinema, Caribbean and U.S. Latino literatures, gender studies

Daniel Mosquera

Daniel Mosquera

Associate professor
Ph.D., Washington University
Special interests: Latin American colonial literature, religion and politics, postcolonialism and Latin America

After Union


Spanish teacher, School of the Holy Child

Research assistant, National Institute of Health

Spanish and ESL teacher, Chappaqua Central School

Operations analyst, Citibank

Editorial assistant, Pearson Education

Emerging markets expert, Mirae Asset Global Investments LLC