Program Overview

Hispanic Studies

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.

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Professor Solomon leads a class of students in Hispanic Studies.
Photo credit: Zach Christy

Program Facts


Claire 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.

woman showing different masks
Vannessa Peláez-Barrios, faculty in residence at La Casa Hispánica, discusses Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a two-day festival that honors the life and memory of loved ones.
Photo credit: Jeong Hyun Hwang

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.

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SITES instructors participate in a circle game with Eastwood Elementary School children learning Spanish.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Kim Faber

Hispanic Studies News

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

Teacher/Coach, Philadelphia Youth Network

Research Director, Institute for the Future

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.

Display of ceramic skulls for Día de los Muertos festival.