Hispanic Studies

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Hispanic Studies

The Hispanic Studies program combines a solid foundation of Spanish-language skills with an in-depth understanding of the Hispanic World, which includes Spain as well as Latin America. Our Hispanic Studies majors and minors take language courses through the advanced level before making the transition into upper-division Spanish courses in literature, film and culture. Some of our students take these courses here at UMD, while many others participate in study abroad programs that allow them to take these courses at universities in Spain and Latin America.

The Hispanic Studies program prepares students to communicate with more than 400 million people worldwide and in the United States who speak Spanish as their first language. This is UMD’s oldest Spanish program and it has a tradition of placing students in medical schools, law schools and graduate schools, and in careers in education, business, social services and government.

Requirements for Majors and Minors

For a complete list of requirements for the Hispanic Studies major and minor, see the CLA Advising website.

Oral Proficiency Interview

Students who major in Hispanic Studies must complete an oral proficiency interview before graduating. We prepare our students for this milestone by hosting information sessions about the interview throughout the academic year. See Oral Proficiency Exam for further details.

Study Abroad

Study abroad in Spain or Latin America is not required, but it is strongly encouraged. Many of our students participate in our faculty-led summer program in Salamanca, Spain, while others participate in other programs in Spain or in Latin American countries such as Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Belize and Nicaragua. For a list of UMD-approved study abroad programs, go to the UMD Study Abroad website. Many students are able to receive scholarships to help with the costs of studying abroad. See Scholarships for details.

For further information, please contact Dr. Maureen Tobin-Stanley (mtobinst@d.umn.edu) or any Spanish professor.