The Hispanic Studies Major and Minor at Davidson

At Davidson, our Hispanic Studies students work towards a mastery of Spanish, the second most spoken language in the United States and the fourth in the world.

The development of our students' linguistic competency allows them to reach a more profound understanding of Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Latino people and their literary and cultural expressions.

We strengthen our students' critical and analytical thinking skills as well as their ability to form written and oral arguments in Spanish. Through our curriculum and advising, we help our students cultivate the fluent worldview necessary to thrive and contribute thoughtfully in our globalized world.

Latin American Studies

There are key differences between the major in Hispanic Studies and the major in Latin American Studies (LAS). First, while the Hispanic Studies major requires classes on the literature and cultures of both Spain and Latin America, the Latin American studies major requires classes that focus on Latin America from the perspectives of several disciplines, including not only Hispanic Studies, but also anthropology, history, music, political science, and others. Second, while all courses for the Hispanic Studies major are conducted in Spanish, most of the courses taken for the interdisciplinary LAS major are taught in English, with the notable exception of study abroad courses and the Hispanic Studies courses on literature and culture that also count toward the LAS major. If you are interested in an interdisciplinary major that focuses on Latin America you may wish to view the Latin American Studies major.

Courses You Might Take

SPA 358

20th-21st C Spanish Theatre

Instructors
Pasero-O'Malley

This course surveys foundational plays and performance groups from the Spanish theatre landscape of early twentieth-century Spain through to the present day. We will explore the efforts made at innovation in playwrighting and stagecraft, examining how these works…

SPA 260

Spanish Conversation & Comp

Instructor
Sanchez-Sanchez, Willis

Writing-intensive course in Spanish. Training and practice to develop fluency, accuracy, and expressiveness in oral and written communication. Requires conversation session with an Assistant Teacher once a week. Strongly recommended for students planning to study abroad. This…

SPA 260

Spanish Conversation & Comp

Instructor
Sanchez-Sanchez, Willis

Writing-intensive course in Spanish. Training and practice to develop fluency, accuracy, and expressiveness in oral and written communication. Requires conversation session with an Assistant Teacher once a week. Strongly recommended for students planning to study abroad. This…