Through courses, events, and study abroad opportunities, we expose Hispanic studies majors to all things Spanish, Latin American, and Latinx, including literature, history, film, folklore, language, and culture.
- Program Type: Major, Minor
- Bachelor of Arts (BA)
- Department: Hispanic Studies
ChairClaire Solomon ’98,
Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature
La Casa Hispánica
La Casa Hispánica, officially known as Harvey House or Spanish House, is a themed-based residence hall for students interested in learning and speaking Spanish. The Hispanic studies and Latin American studies departments often sponsor functions for students eager to practice and improve their Spanish-speaking skills. Celebrations, guest lecturers, mini concerts, birthday parties, special meals, and more take place here. Most in Spanish.
Hispanic Studies Faculty
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.
“If students here are anything, it is intellectually engaged—intensely, and almost constantly. They’re easy to turn on to new things. This also means that they are easily distracted. This creates problems of its own, of course. But from a professor’s point of view, it’s a great problem to have.”
Sebastiaan Faber, Professor of Hispanic Studies
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Spanish in the Elementary Schools
Hispanic studies majors and other interested students can apply to teach in the Spanish in the Elementary Schools (SITES) program. It‘s designed for children in kindergarten through second grade who attend Oberlin‘s Eastwood Elementary School. To prepare for this work, students are required to take EDUA 301 Language Pedagogy, which includes the SITES practicum. Student instructors will develop their Spanish language and teaching skills, learn about the U.S. public school system, and how to work in and support a local community.
Hispanic Studies News
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Life After Oberlin
Graduates of the Department of Hispanic Studies are prepared to pursue careers and or advanced studies in diverse fields including journalism, musical studies, English, urban education policy, arts entertainment, and Spanish literature. Graduates also have received Fulbright awards and Peace Corps assignments.
Notable Oberlin Alumni
Jasamine Paulhill ’14
Teacher/Coach, Philadelphia Youth Network
Sara Skvirsky ’09
Research Director, Institute for the Future
Mirna Valerio ’98
Ultraunner, Author, and Spanish teacher
Explore Our Program Offerings
See the many ways you can enhance your knowledge of Spanish language, culture, and history through a range of academic and social offerings.