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As a major or minor in the department you will further your study of the language of your choice, along with the literatures and cultures of those peoples who speak it. Our faculty members have prepared a wide range of challenging courses to introduce you to literary, cultural, and linguistic studies in Spanish and Portuguese. These programs will open the horizons of the Hispanic experience to you, prepare you to acquire first-hand knowledge in one of our study abroad programs, and provide you with significant skills and knowledge for your future careers. We aspire to lead you to a satisfying level of expertise in language and subject matter and to empower you to engage in rewarding research projects of your choice guided by committed faculty members.
One of the principal goals of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese is to help students attain the highest possible level of language proficiency. The department encourages students to take advantage of several study abroad programs sponsored by the department in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Spain. These programs provide opportunities to gain greater exposure to the languages, literatures and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
The knowledge of a second language is usually a key to acquiring strong writing skills. Employment in almost any field is open to a language major, especially in companies that do business with overseas clients. This can range from the banking industry to public relations to computer programming. Knowledge of a second language is also helpful in health care and in social work. A second language can be beneficial for employment in federal, state and local governments. The ability to do research and translation in another language also opens doors to careers.
The Latin American region has produced a wealth of musical genres, styles, hybrids and fusions that allows for exploration of relevant social, cultural, economic, and political issues. This course surveys the richness, diversity and representation of Latin American music through selection of musical, literary, filmic and historical texts.
Service-learning course that allows students interaction with Hispanic communities in Ohio; intensive and extensive practice with Spanish as spoken by native speakers from the U.S. and abroad.
This course explores the fragmentation and renegotiation of Spanish cultural and political identity and tension with its peripheral nations of Catalonia, Basque Country, Galicia, Andalusia.
A survey of linguistic variation across the Spanish-speaking world, including geographical and social factors.
Introductory critical study of authors, topics, and movements in Latino literature from the late 19th century to the present.