Spanish Major and Minor
Students have the opportunity to explore the Spanish language and Spanish, Latin American, and Latino texts and cultures. Our strong language program coupled with an expansive curriculum covering literature, film and media, social history, the history of ideas, sociolinguistics, politics and popular culture, and fiction-writing situate students deep within the Spanish world and equip them to thrive in a global culture in which Spanish is playing an increasingly vital role.
Curriculum & Courses
We aim to give students a thorough knowledge of the Spanish language and the ability to understand and interpret Spanish and Spanish American texts and cultures. To accomplish this goal, we offer elementary and intermediate language courses; courses in literature, film, culture and civilization, and linguistics; advanced courses that explore a specific line of inquiry, literary or cultural issue, or theme; and courses taught in English which aim to bring a wider audience to important themes, issues, and accomplishments of the Spanish-speaking world.
- Six courses in Spanish and Spanish American literature or film, and
- Two semesters of SPAN 490 (Senior Seminar), in which students write a senior essay.
- Of the six required courses, three should be at the 200 level and three at the 300 level.
- Two of these 300-level courses must be taken at Haverford or Bryn Mawr.
- Students who qualify by pre-college training or study abroad may substitute 300-level courses for the 200-level offerings.
- The program must include at least two courses at the 200 or 300 level that focus substantially on literature prior to 1898.
Students may not count Bryn Mawr courses SPAN 110 (Introducción al análisis cultural) and SPAN 120 (Introducción al análisis literario) toward major requirements.
- Six courses at the 200 or 300 level, with a minimum of one course at the 300 level to be taken at Haverford or Bryn Mawr.
- One of the six courses should focus substantially on literature prior to 1898.
Students may not count Bryn Mawr courses SPAN 110 (Introducción al análisis cultural) and SPAN 120 (Introducción al análisis literario) toward minor requirements.
Associated Programs and Concentrations
Research & Outreach
All majors produce a thesis over the course of their senior year. Working closely with a faculty advisor and through our two-semester Senior Departmental Studies Seminar, they develop, research, and write a piece of independent research. In addition to taking each student through the process of developing their own essay, the seminar is designed to foster collaboration and to hone general research, reading, and critical skills.
The prospective anthropology major, Spanish minor, and Latin American, Iberian, and Latino studies concentrator is spending the summer learning about Andean cultures by volunteering for a sustainable tourism program.
Acosta Owens hopes to go to law school and continue to study ways in which she can help the Latino community in the United States and abroad.
Lorenz's senior thesis explores metafiction and the relationship that develops between an author and a reader over the course of a work.
Cain plans to use the 4+1 graduate program with Georgetown University to get a masters degree in Latin American studies before pursuing a JD in international law.
Our majors graduate with excellent language abilities, sharp critical analysis skills, a deep understanding of historical and cultural context, and a fresh new vantage point from which to see—and understand—the world. You will find them throughout the world and in a great range of professional areas, among them: government, law, business, international affairs, education, journalism, medicine, and the arts.
Fierman lives in Valparaíso, Chile, and works as a mediator and facilitator.
Valdes-McGuire is the World Language department leader at a k-12 IB school in the Lehigh Valley and a Spanish teacher.
The former Spanish and biology major is a PhD canidate at New Mexico State University.
Pallant is teaching high school Spanish and pursuing a master's degree in the School of Spanish at Middlebury College.
The Spanish and Comparative Literature double major is a writing instructor at UT Austin as well as a doctoral candidate in Education.
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