Engaged Hispanic Studies

Engaged Hispanic Studies takes what you’re learning in your courses and puts it into practice through internships, research, study away, winter term, career exploration, and beyond.

Here’s a sampling of recent projects, field experiences, and post-graduate destinations for Hispanic studies majors.

RISE at Oberlin
Research. Internships. Study Away. Experiential Learning.

Ways Hispanic Studies Majors Rise


  • Can art serve as a cure for trauma? (Cuba)
  • How do we translate bilingual literature? (New York / Puerto Rico)
  • What are the many ways in which a culture remembers its icons? (Argentina)
  • Can pop music be countercultural? (Spain)
  • Can writing fiction serve as an avenue to learn more about our past? (Puerto Rico)


  • Refugee advocate, RefugeeOne, Chicago
  • Production intern, Team COCO, Conan with Conan O’Brien, TBS, Los Angeles
  • Citizenship class facilitator, El Centro, Lorain, Ohio
  • Intern, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Minneapolis
  • Editorial intern, La Oveja Roja Publishing House, Madrid, Spain

Study Away

More than 85 percent of Hispanic Studies majors study abroad. The most popular sites include:

  • Cuba (Universidad de La Habana)
  • Oberlin in Solidarity with El Salvador (OSES); Oberlin in Solidarity with Guatemala (OSSGUA)
  • Spain (CIEE, Seville; PRESHCO, Córdoba; CIEE, Barcelona)
  • Chile (CIEE, Valparaíso; CIEE, Santiago)
  • Argentina (CIEE Liberal Arts, Buenos Aires)
  • Oberlin in Guadalajara (Mexico) intensive winter-term program

Experiential Learning

  • The SITES program (Spanish in the Elementary Schools) provides students with rigorous training to teach Spanish in Oberlin’s elementary schools.
  • La Casa Hispánica is a language-program residence hall for students who want to live in an immersive Spanish-speaking culture featuring lectures, exhibits, concerts, movie nights, poetry readings, and dance classes.
  • The Immigrant Worker Project teaches ESL to Oberlin College employees and residents of Lorain County.
  • America Reads tutors children in Oberlin Public Schools in literacy.

First Destinations of Recent Hispanic Studies Majors

  • Graduate Schools:
    • MA in journalism (Columbia University), musical performance (University of Montreal), arts entertainment and media (University of Buenos Aires), rhetoric (Carnegie Mellon), Arts in Education (Stanford)
    • PhD in English (Rutgers), Spanish (University of Michigan)
    • MsEd in urban education policy (Brown University)
    • JD (Harvard Law, Boston University Law School, Northeastern University Law School)
  • Fellowships:
    • Fulbright ETA and Research Fellowships in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil
    • Uncommon Schools Summer Teaching Fellowship
  • Positions:
    • Research assistant, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    • English teacher in Spain
    • Spanish language specialist, Concordia Language Villages, Minn.
    • Peace Corps Comoros
    • Peace Corps Nicaragua
    • Reporter, L.A. Times
    • Communications director, Illinois congressional candidate
    • Associate editor, World Politics Review