Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Degree options: BA major; Any degree, minor
Hispanic studies, offered within Mount Allison's modern languages and literatures department, offers the opportunity to learn to speak, understand, read, and write Spanish*. Particular
attention is directed towards achieving oral-aural proficiency, both in class
and in the language laboratory.
Intermediate and advanced courses help perfect your ability in the language, while literature courses in the upper years give you a chance to explore Spanish theatre, novels, poetry, and other literature.
Find a list of Hispanic studies courses in the academic calendar – modern languages and literatures.
*No previous knowledge of the language is required. All courses in the Hispanic studies curriculum are taught in Spanish unless indicated.
Popular career paths for Hispanic studies graduates include:
- work with international NGOs or agencies
- international business opportunities
- foreign service officer
- cultural relations expert
- research assistant
- immigration officer
- tourism development officer
- tour guide/organizer
“In order to learn relevant vocabulary, we talk about our lives and
opinions. Oftentimes, the students bring up the knowledge they are
learning in other classes, so we don’t just learn Spanish, we learn
about each other’s subjects and experiences. I also love the film
festival that the Spanish program hosts and the weekly informal Spanish
conversations. It’s great to study in a department that engages its
students outside of the classroom.”
Double major sociology and anthropology, minors in Hispanic studies and Commerce (’14)
“The Spanish program is small, which means that especially in the
literature classes, unique discussions between Canadians and a mixture
of native Spanish speakers and other international students take place.
The cross-cultural learning within the program is fascinating! I
recommend doing a minor in Spanish no matter what you major is, because
the beautiful language can serve you in so many ways.”
Honours international relations, minors in Hispanic studies and French studies (’13)
Smith’s Parish, Bermuda/Cowichan Bay, BC
Study abroad and exchange
Mount Allison offers study abroad and exchange opportunities across the Spanish-speaking world. Our exchange with the Universidad Extremadura in Spain will allow you to earn credits toward your degree. You may also apply for summer semester study in Spain and Latin America.
Apply to work abroad as an English-language teaching assistant in Spain through Consejería de Educación en Estados Unidos y Canadá or work on campus as a language lab monitor, an oral practice animator, or a private language tutor.
There are also au-pair positions and more informal opportunities that allow you to gain intimate perspectives of Hispanic cultures through living and working in them.
The Spanish Club, Club Hispánico, celebrates Hispanic food, music, film, and culture, while providing members with opportunities to practise their Spanish.
The Hispanic studies department also offers a week-long film series each winter featuring recent and important films produced in the Spanish-speaking world. (And we always provide subtitles so you can bring your roommate along for an evening of cultural intrigue!)
Another opportunity to put your Spanish to use is through Global Brigades. The Mount Allison chapter of this student-led global health and sustainable development organization sends a team to Honduras during reading week each year to work with local communities and help them improve their quality of life.
Mount Allison's language lab provides students with a safe space to practice their language skills.