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.
Hispanic studies will open doors to a range of opportunities that require critical analysis and problem-solving skills. World languages and cultures are a major part of the new Connections program, and you can choose an Integrative Pathway that enhances your major with a series of interconnected classes designed to help you think about a problem from multiple perspectives. Your academic experience will give you a competitive edge for a career in education, business, government, social work, health care, law, media, travel or many 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 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 minor
A: As I was looking through Conn’s academic programs, I read Professor Sandy Grande’s welcome on the Education department web page and knew then and there that it would be my home for the next four years. She mentioned the importance of nurturing critical consciousness and social justice, two very important concepts that I wanted to continue exploring in college.
A: I ended up majoring in Hispanic Studies after taking Foreign Language Methodology with Professor Julia Kushigian. The course encourages interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches to thinking about learning, history and language. I was able to explore questions of identity, colonialism and power through the Hispanic Studies major.
A: The most challenging and rewarding class has been “New World/Old World” because we read from the perspectives of marginalized individuals whose stories often get ignored or erased from history. It offered a nuanced view of Indigenous groups and raised questions of race and gender.
A: Through the department, I have been researching what it means to be a first-generation student of color studying in a historically white institution. It has been difficult and rewarding because my research feels never-ending, but it is exciting. I am currently working with Professor Jennifer Rudolph on a research project that explores and analyzes the supplemental support services for first-generation students through Unity House multicultural center.
A: The career office has played a huge role in my career plans. My advisers helped me explore jobs as a college and career counselor for high school students. They have supported me throughout my grad school application process and I am forever grateful to them for believing and supporting me. I will attend Loyola University in Chicago’s Master of Arts in Cultural and Educational Policy Studies program in the fall of 2016 and work as a high school college and career counselor.