SPA 224 Latino Writers in the U.S.
Various works of poetry, prose, and drama by contemporary authors of Hispanic background living and writing in the United States.
Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world. Major in Hispanic studies and you learn to participate in and better understand this global community. You not only master the language, you acquire a broad understanding of the cultures of Spain, Latin America and Hispanics in the United States. We also offer an interdisciplinary major focusing on Latin American studies. Your learning is integrated with outreach, with a particular focus on the life of Hispanic communities locally and abroad. You take field trips to schools, an immigration law firm, a hospital, a prison, social services agencies and the superior court. You also have an opportunity to volunteer locally through a program called Proyecto Comunidad.
You can go abroad through the College's own Study Away Teach Away (SATA) program or through study-abroad programs offered by other universities. Some Hispanic studies and Latin American studies courses take short trips at the College's expense to Spain, Peru or the U.S.-Mexico border. On campus, you can practice your conversational Spanish with friends at the Knowlton international dining hall. Knowlton Language House is a popular housing option for students who want to immerse themselves in another culture.
Faculty are committed to guiding you toward your academic and professional objectives. Hispanic studies opens doors to a range of opportunities that require critical analysis and problem-solving skills. You'll have a competitive edge for jobs in education, business, government, social work, health care, law, media, travel and other fields.
Luis M. González specializes in Spanish film and literature. His research interests include popular culture, film, drama, and TV. He explores the relationship between culture and ideology in Spain in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Since the beginning of his career in 1990, Frank Graziano has written on an extraordinarily wide range of topics in Latin American culture. Professor Graziano's active research and interdisciplinary methods translate in the classroom to innovative courses and dynamic teaching. His courses include Religion and Violence in Latin America, Undocumented Hispanic Immigration, Youth in Latin America and the survey Hispanic Cultures.
Professor Heredia has published two books, De la recta a las cajas chinas: la poesía de José Kozer and La representación del haitiano en las letras dominicanas. She has also published articles on national identity, memory and religion as counter-colonial practice in scholarly journals. Her research interests include cultural representation and the African diaspora in the Americas.
Julia Kushigian puts the liberal arts into action in her courses. She encourages a rigorous and interdisciplinary development of critical skills and individual expression in her students. From her authorship of a computer-based History of Hispanic Art course, to upper level sequences in Myth, Folklore and Legends, Foreign Language Methodology and Second Language Acquisition, and Postcolonial Coming-of-Age Narratives, she promotes an inquiry into the complexities of postmodern life.
Jennifer Rudolph teaches Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition.
Hispanic studies, gender and women's studies
A: My family and I are political refugees from Colombia. Growing up, I was unable to understand the reasons as to why certain things occurred in Latin America. Majoring in Hispanic studies has allowed me to understand these issues from an academic perspective.
A: “Religion and Violence in Latin America” with Professor Graziano. It taught me about how much the influence of religion and the violence that occurred during the Spanish Inquisition has affected Latin American culture today.
A: I studied in Lima Peru through the College’s SATA program. I also completed a College-funded internship with a national food and drink workers union in Medellin, Colombia. I conducted interviews with workers who had experienced gender-based violations in the workplace.
A: I am currently applying to graduate programs for Latin American and Caribbean studies at several universities, including the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Florida. After graduate school, I want to work for nonprofits that focus on gender-based violence or workers rights in Chicago or in Latin America.