Languages, literatures, and cultures.
With a wide range of courses from introductory through conversation and composition to civilization, you’ll improve your language skills while developing the ability to interpret historical, political, and social contexts. Our literature programs use both historical and critical-theoretical perspectives and emphasize the close reading of texts and modern theories of literary criticism, particularly those based on contemporary philosophy, psychoanalysis, anthropology, and linguistics. As a Spanish minor, you’ll be able to gain a truly immersive experience through internship opportunities, where you’ll receive credit for work done outside the university through the Community Based Learning–Spanish Language Practicum course, and opportunities to study abroad and do research.
CLASSES YOU MIGHT TAKE
Modern Spanish Culture
This course explores the fundamental aspects of Spanish culture from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. You’ll get a general survey of the history of Spain and discuss texts, movies, songs, pictures, and paintings in relation to their social, political, and cultural contexts.
Mexican Empire: The Problem of Territory from Aztec Philosophy to Trump's Wall
This course is devoted to Mexico, its past and present paths into a remote inside-out pre-imperial epoch inalienable from North-against-South histories across the American Narcoland from Honduras to Alaska.
Argentina Between Populism and Empire
We’ll discuss a series of literary fictions about the diverse and perennial legacies of militarized populism as first achieved by dictator Juan Domingo Perón. In addition, we’ll study how power expands and contracts and consumes and regurgitates territorial values and possessions recycled through democratic rhetoric as politics by domination.
PROF. SARA CASTRO-KLARÉN
Professor Emeritus of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Lifetime Achievement Award from LASA
The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) – Peru Section has named Hopkins Professor Emerita of Spanish Sara Castro-Klarén a winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award.Read More
Studying abroad as an International Studies major, seems like a bit of a necessity. How can we truly know a place without visiting, without seeing it for ourselves? Trying to learn about another country in a classroom can only get you so far. It’s like looking through a telescope at another planet, and trying to surmise what its like.