SPA 207 Advanced Grammar and Composition
Literary and cultural readings, thematic discussions, and interactive computer exercises prepare students for upper-division coursework in Hispanic Studies.
Major in Latin American studies and you gain a solid understanding of the economics, politics, history and cultures of the region, along with proficiency in Spanish. You come to know and understand many global and multicultural communities. Your professors guide you in your projects, give you theoretical information and real-world resources, review your writing and discuss important contemporary issues with you. Armed with both academic and real-world experience, you can excel in education, business, government, social work, healthcare, law, media, travel and more.
Most Latin American studies majors spend a semester or summer in the region. You might travel with your class and a Connecticut College professor, enroll in a separate program or take an internship to do work or research. Recently, our faculty have led semesters in Mexico and Spain. Our students have interned with grass-roots organizations in Chile and recorded oral histories of disenfranchised women in Nicaragua.
Proyecto Comunidad gives you the opportunity to work three to six hours a week in New London's Hispanic community. You may also wish to try the Proyecto Comunidad Shadow Program, which can help you explore career interests, meet potential mentors, do research, gain insight into issues pertinent to the Hispanic community and better understand practical applications of classroom learning.
Leo Garofalo teaches a first-year seminar: Castro, Che Guevara and Fifty Years of the Cuban Revolution, Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean History, Modern Latin American History: Nation and the Poverty of Progress, Rebellion and Revolutions in Latin America: Tupac Amaru to Subcomandante Marcos, History of Gender in Mexico and the Andes, Migration and Immigration in Latin America, and "Race" in Colonial Latin America.
Robert Gay's research focuses on democracy, civil society, and more recently, drug trafficking, violence and organized crime in Brazil.
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.
A native of Argentina, Alex Roberto Hybel's research and teaching interests are in international relations theory, U.S. foreign policy, U.S. foreign policy decision-making, democracy, and Latin American politics. Some of the courses and seminars he teaches are: International Relations Theory; International Relations; Democracy in Latin America; Challenges to Democracy in Europe’s Mediterranean Region, U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Latin America; The New International System; U.S. Foreign Policy Decision-Making; and International Politics Through Film.
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.
Manuel Lizarralde, a professor with a dual appointment in anthropology and botany, grapples with questions of people and the environment on a daily basis in his teaching and research. A native of Venezuela, Lizarralde has focused much of his work on the relation of indigenous Latin Americans to the environment, including the types of areas they inhabit and their use of plants. He studies ethnobotany (how people use plants) because the indigenous knowledge of local plants is very rich, and all of these cultures are rapidly changing and the information is being lost.
Jennifer Rudolph teaches Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition.
Latin American studies, education
A: Connecticut College hit all of my major qualifications: small, liberal arts, highly selective, residential. But what really got me hooked on Conn was the people. Visiting campus, everyone was so friendly, so interesting and so passionate about what they were studying and doing. I knew these were people I wanted to be surrounded by in college.
A: One of my main college goals is to become functionally fluent in Spanish, and the Latin American studies major allows me to develop my fluency while learning about many topics relevant to Latin America and Latinos in the U.S. The major is interdisciplinary, so I can include classes offered in other departments to really get a dynamic understanding of the history, politics and social realities of the Spanish-speaking community.
A: Hands down the best class I have taken is “Proyecto Comunidad.” This class really connected us with the New London community and got us working hands-on with real people. We spent class periods traveling around the city, meeting with and interviewing various members of the Latino community – teachers, lawyers, priests, even the mayor – and completed a semester-long internship and research project with a community organization.
A: I completed a summer study abroad experience in Cuba. Cuba is a fascinating place to study, as its history and people present a very different way of viewing the world, and the opportunity to learn with Cubans is still very rare, with political tensions between our two nations as they are.