Hispanic Studies
Offered by the Hispanic and Italian Studies department.

More than 50 million people in the United States—and 400 million in the world—speak Spanish. Latin America is home to some of the nation’s largest trading partners. Traditions of Spanish-speaking countries have influenced people around the world. Wheaton’s Hispanic studies major will take you places—literally. Explore literature, traditions, and current affairs of countries in the Spanish-speaking world. Experience a different way of life and practice your conversational skills with a semester abroad. Your cultural understanding and ability to speak, read, and write in Spanish will give you an edge as you begin your career, no matter what profession you choose.

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



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

Recent student internships

The Wheaton Edge offers experiences beyond the classroom.

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.


Francisco Fernández de Alba

A. Howard Meneely Professor of Hispanic Studies

Domingo Ledezma

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

Hector Medina

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, Emeritus

Montserrat Pérez-Toribio

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies; Chair, Hispanic and Italian Studies Department; Latin American Studies Co-coordinator

Walter Shaw

Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

Mary Beth Tierney-Tello

Professor of Hispanic Studies