Students majoring in Spanish acquire substantial expertise in the literary and cultural traditions of the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America and Spain and achieve a high level of fluency in spoken and written Spanish.
First-, second- and third-year Spanish language courses focus on speaking, reading writing, and grammar, as well as cultural context. In the second year, emphasis on composition increases and readings encompass a variety of genres. The third-year courses involve advanced review of the more challenging grammatical structures in conjunction with an investigation of selected topics in Spanish and Latin American culture. All language courses are conducted in Spanish.
The objective of the upper-division courses is an informed study of literary texts and film, grounded in consideration of their artistic, historical, political, and cultural contexts, as well as in questions concerning literary history and theory. All literature courses are conducted in Spanish. Majors are encouraged to select courses from a variety of periods in both Peninsular and Latin American literature and to enhance their studies with appropriate coursework in other areas, such as other literatures, humanities, history, art, political science and linguistics.
Many students enhance their studies through study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country and through engagement in Portland's growing Latino community. On campus, the Spanish house hosts numerous cultural events and provides an opportunity for majors and non-majors to practice and learn Spanish in an everyday setting.
On April 8 and 9, 2016, the Spanish department will host the inaugural conference of the Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies Association (LALISA): New Temporal Regimes in Literature, History, and the Social Sciences.