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Modern Languages

Hispanic Studies

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  • Professor Karen Smith returned this weekend to attend, dancing with Professor Elena Deanda Professor Karen Smith returned this weekend to attend, dancing with Professor Elena Deanda
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  • Tango students gather around one of the instructors for a lesson on stance and style Tango students gather around one of the instructors for a lesson on stance and style
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  • Children of Dr. Ryan Kelty laugh and smile as they do their own Tango Children of Dr. Ryan Kelty laugh and smile as they do their own Tango
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  • Foreign Language Department. SHOWN: Angel Esteban Foreign Language Department. SHOWN: Angel Esteban
  • This trio of play Tango music during interludes of the dancing This trio of play Tango music during interludes of the dancing
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  • Students watch as they are given a demonstration Students watch as they are given a demonstration
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  • A couple from the Chestertown community watch an instructor before practicing themselves A couple from the Chestertown community watch an instructor before practicing themselves
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  • Nick Pace and Sam Bitz dance to the music Nick Pace and Sam Bitz dance to the music
  • Instructors lead the class in the first basic steps Instructors lead the class in the first basic steps
  • Karen Smith and Professor Elena Deanda talk about the success of the lessons Karen Smith and Professor Elena Deanda talk about the success of the lessons
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Before entering the Hispanic Studies major students should have completed Intermediate Spanish or its equivalent. Those entering the major begin their study with either HPS 301,302 (Advanced Spanish Proficiency I & II) or HPS 303,304, or 305 (Introduction to Literature).

A total of eight courses at the 300- or 400-level are required for the major. Students are strongly encouraged, however, to continue to take courses in the language throughout the period up to graduation. Students may also count ILC (International Literature & Culture) ourses that deal with Hispanic culture in English, if they do all written work in Spanish and as much reading and research in that language as possible. A credit-bearing internship (HPS 490 Spanish and Community Health) is available and counts for the major. All majors are required to complete a semester of overseas study in a Spanish-speaking country. A summer program of appropriate length and content may be substituted. Majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad for a full year.

The Department attempts to offer the courses listed below on a regular rotating basis. Sometimes, however, Special Topics courses break the rotation. We welcome student input into the process of formulating the semester schedule of course offerings.

Senior Project

All majors must complete a project during their senior year. Students have several options to fulfill this requirement. They may take comprehensive examinations, consisting of both written and oral sections. Those students with a GPA in the major of at least 3.4 or with permission of the departmental faculty may choose to do a thesis on a literary or cultural topic or a translation of a work into English with an introductory essay written in Spanish. Performances or exhibits with appropriate written documentation, as well as pedagogical or computer-related projects may also be considered in consultation with the faculty. 

Native Language Assistants

This video highlights some of the department’s Spanish language assistants from previous years.