Hispanic Studies
Offered by the Hispanic and Italian Studies department.

Hispanic Studies at Wheaton is an interdisciplinary major that gives students both the linguistic access to and the knowledge about the multiple cultures of the Spanish speaking World and the analytical, research, and writing skills necessary for today’s technology driven globalized world.

The Hispanic Studies Major is designed to enable students to think critically and creatively about literature and culture, communicate across disciplines and develop a critical awareness of the cultural realities of Spanish speaking communities both in the US and overseas. It offers several possibilities for study abroad as well as opportunities for experiential learning. Thanks to the program’s courses, study abroad and internships, students are able to grow and enhance their perspectives as engaged, sensitive and informed global citizens.

Hispanic Studies prepares students for graduate work in literary, cultural and international studies, as well as entry into a wide range of professional fields, including education, law, business, medicine and publishing. In addition, many courses in the department are relevant other majors and concentrations, such as English; International Relations; Sociology; Psychology; Anthropology; History; Early Modern Studies; and Women Studies.

For more information, contact Montserrat Pérez-Toribio, Program Coordinator.



Francisco Fernández de Alba

Professor of Hispanic Studies

Domingo Ledezma

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

Hector Medina

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

Margarita Moreno

Visiting Instructor

Montserrat Pérez-Toribio

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies; Coordinator of the Hispanic Studies Program; Co-director of Mellon Study Away Program in Miami

Walter Shaw

Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

Mary Beth Tierney-Tello

Professor of Hispanic Studies


Nolan Teixeira

2020, Hispanic Studies

Mary Zygala Schleyer '74 Wheaton Fund Internship

Destiny Rescue, Chiang Rai, Thailand

This experience has helped me understand why we make the decisions we do, but also what hinders us from doing the “right thing.”

Zachary Strempel

2020, Hispanic Studies, International Relations

Susan Stautberg '67 Career Exploration Fund

Office of State Senator Eric Lesser, East Longmeadow, MA

I had the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a political office. I learned a tremendous amount about the work done behind the scenes of the legislative process.

Carly Patterson

2021, Hispanic Studies, Secondary Education

Smiley Family Endowed Career Exploration Fund

Caluma High School, Caluma, Ecuador

After having the opportunity to teach English in Ecuador, I am reassured that my purpose in life is to be an educator—to provide a foundation for intelligent, curious and open-minded future generations.

Jane Kim

2021, Elementary Education, Hispanic Studies

Merit Scholarship

Faculty-led Trip: "From the Andes to the Amazon: Intersections of Culture, Food Systems and Biological Diversity", Quito, Ecuador

I learned so much about the natural world, the sociological aspects of the people and structures around us, indigenous communities, and how all of those topics connect with each other.

Ida Mae Danforth

2021, Hispanic Studies, Secondary Education

Patricia Dunn Grey ‘80 Endowed Fund for the Filene Center

Unidad Educativa Caluma, Caluma, Ecuador

Working in the field of education, I gained a better appreciation for the importance of the career I intend to pursue. Immersing myself in a Spanish-speaking community allowed me to improve my language skills while experiencing the rich culture of Latin America.

Sabrina Buxeda Castillo

2021, Hispanic Studies, Secondary Education

Merit Scholarship

Faculty-led Trip: Tanzania: Education and Development, Moshi, Tarakea, Tanzania

Being in a classroom will always provide teaching experience, but being emerged in a country’s culture served as firsthand knowledge that will stay with me forever.


98% of Hispanic and Italian Studies majors from the past five years have found employment, attended graduate school or achieved a fellowship or service opportunity within six months of graduation *

of Hispanic and Italian Studies majors

Recent Graduates

Sample First Jobs

  • Admissions Advisor, Spanish Studies Abroad
  • Marketing Coordinator, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Research Assistant, California Health and Longevity Institute
  • Staff Reporter, Brooklyn Daily Eagle
  • World Language Teacher, Foxborough Public Schools

Sample Graduate Schools

  • Boston University
  • Northeastern University
  • Rutgers University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Warwick

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 80% for the classes of 2014-2018