Through courses, events, and study abroad opportunities, Hispanic studies exposes students to all things Spanish, Latin American, and Latinx, including literature, history, film, folklore, language, and culture.

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Our faculty has particular strengths in 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century literature, film, culture, and history, particularly in the Southern Cone, Mexico, and Spain; Spanish Renaissance and baroque literature; colonial history; Caribbean literature; comparative literature; folklore; queer theory; journalism; exile literature; the Spanish Civil War; and language pedagogy.

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Department Overview

The Department of Hispanic Studies invites Oberlin students to develop a broad and intimate understanding of the rich and varied cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, built on a solid competence in spoken and written Spanish. Through its courses, events, and study abroad opportunities, the program exposes students to all things Spanish, Latin American, and Latinx, including literature, history, film, folklore, and culture.

Like many academic programs at Oberlin, Hispanic studies is multidisciplinary, working in close collaboration with faculty from other departments—comparative American studies, anthropology, history, and politics, for example—whose courses on Latin America, Spain, and U.S. Latinx topics also count toward the Hispanic studies major.

Hispanic studies places a strong emphasis on Spanish-language competency, which we believe is indispensable for anyone who wishes to study Latin America and Spain, or who wants to function effectively in a Spanish-speaking environment. The great majority of our courses are taught in Spanish. Together with Latin American studies, comparative American studies, and comparative literature, Hispanic studies is one of four academic programs at Oberlin for students who wish to engage with the wider Spanish-speaking world.

Hispanic Studies News

Elayne Zhou smiles into the camera

Singer Turned Lab Manager

July 19, 2018
Elayne Zhou ’18, a psychology major and Hispanic studies minor at Oberlin, wants to make the world a better place by encouraging people to take seriously the importance of mental health.
Sadie Keller ’19

Sadie Keller ’19 Wins 2018 Truman Scholarship

April 23, 2018
Sadie Keller ’19 has won the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Awarded to outstanding college juniors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service, the $30,000 prize will help fund Keller’s postgraduate studies.