Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Why take Spanish? There are 50.5 million Hispanics currently living in the U.S. and by the year 2050, that number is expected to grow to over 100 million and make up approximately 29 % of the total U.S. population! Spanish is the most widely taught foreign language in this country, but it is also spoken in 44 different countries, with 329 million speakers.
Why take Spanish at Goucher College? Our courses have been designed for the 21st century student, with on-line components, in which students Skype with native Spanish speakers from Mexico City; or with community-based learning components, in which students interact and learn with local Latino community on campus and in Baltimore. We offer courses cross-listed with departments and programs such as History, Women's Studies, Peace Studies, Sociology, Education, Environmental Studies, and World Literature, and a wide variety of interdisciplinary Intensive Courses Abroad (ICA) in Uruguay, Argentina, Spain, Costa Rica and Ecuador. Our curriculum is broad and diverse, with courses in a variety of topics, including: Spanish and Latin American media and press, narratives of the Spanish Civil War, queer studies, crime and punishment in Latin American cinema, Spanish-speaking cultures and language varieties, Latin American theater and performance, the Latino presence in the U.S., studies in translation and interpreting, and classes on literary production, from pre-Hispanic poetry and the origins of the modern novel to the magic realism of the Boom and the contemporary literary movements.
What can you do with a Spanish major? Once you graduate, you might follow the footsteps of our distinguished alumni. Recent majors have chosen top-notch graduate schools to continue their formal education, are working at international NGOs, or have joined the Peace Corps. Spanish graduates work in rural communities focusing on environmental issues, as translators and interpreters, in Mental Health Centers and in Legislative Aides for Council members. Some work for the media, and film industries for national and international companies, others are actors, actresses and singers. Spanish graduates are also teaching all over the world from China and Thailand to Spain, Argentina, and California; or as close as Baltimore County and City.
Follow one of our student's blogs abroad: http://aventurasencordoba.wordpress.com/