Requirements are intentionally broad and flexible to accommodate the diverse interests of students, while being sufficiently focused to assure development of appropriate knowledge and skills. Students interested in this program should discuss their plans with the department as early as possible in order to design an individualized program of study depending upon their personal preferences and career aspirations.
Majors and minors in Hispanic studies usually go on to further studies or employment in a wide variety of areas. These include graduate studies, teaching, law, government, publishing and editing, interpreting, personnel work and a multitude of positions in international relations, business and banking.
The department encourages students to develop a second major or minor in such areas as American studies, anthropology, art, computer science, economics, education, English, history, international relations, Latin American studies, legal studies, business and management, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, theatre, women’s studies or a second language.
Major Requirements Effective with the Class of 2017
The major consists of ten courses distributed as follows:
Hispanic civilization and culture
Hispanic literature and culture
Two 300-level courses taken at Wheaton.
One senior seminar (HISP 400) that allows students to integrate the diverse perspectives gained in courses and readings.
Six elective courses starting with HISP 200 or above. Students may include one course taught in English by the Department at Wheaton.
The opportunity to study abroad is an integral part of the program of Hispanic studies at Wheaton. Students of Hispanic studies are expected to spend their junior year or a semester abroad in Latin America or Spain if possible.
Learning Goals for the Hispanic Studies Major
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.
Students will demonstrate by their senior year in their capstone experience:
The ability to think critically and creatively about Hispanic literatures and cultures and to speak, write, and understand standard Spanish both in interpersonal situations and in cultural and scholarly works.
The ability to gather, organize, and coherently present information from diverse sources across disciplines and genres by the use of both libraries and electronic resources.
The ability to interpret a variety of authentic cultural products by making connections, comparing points of view, and identifying writers′ (and readers′) biases and backgrounds.
Analytical strategies by evaluating evidence, arguing in favor or against a particular viewpoint, and producing, testing and demonstrating hypotheses.
Critical awareness of the cultural realities of Spanish speaking communities both in the US and overseas supported by a general knowledge, with depth in some areas, of the history, socio-political and economic circumstances of the Hispanic World.