Spanish Language and Literature

From beginning language to advanced literature and culture, the program offers a range of courses designed to enhance students’ understanding of the central role that the Spanish language and its related cultures in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean have played in shaping today’s world. The Spanish program is part of the Department of Romance, German and Slavic Languages and Literatures in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

The program offers both a minor and a major. Students often take courses in history, literature and the humanities.

What can I expect to learn in the Spanish Language and Literature program at GW?

Courses offered at GW in Spanish and Latin American literature and culture cover a variety of topics, including imperial and post-colonial literary and cultural history, poetry, drama, cinema and prose narratives, as well as all aspects of language learning. Upper-level courses focus on literature and culture and enhance writing and analytical skills.

What is the Spanish Language and Literature community like at GW?

From student organizations dedicated to furthering the understanding and appreciation of Spanish, Latin American and Latino cultures to symposia, exhibits and film festivals, GW and the Washington, D.C., area are ideal locations for learning about Spain, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America.

What can I do in the Spanish Language and Literature field?

Majors and minors in Spanish and Latin American literature and culture go on to pursue careers in a variety of fields, including education, medicine, politics, journalism, publishing, law and business. They also find positions with the State Department, nongovernmental organizations, the Organization of American States, the United Nations and many other international organizations.

International Partners

GW has partnerships with international programs not only in Spain but also in Spanish-speaking countries around the world.

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