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Students majoring in Spanish at Reed acquire expertise in the literatures and cultures of the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America and Spain, and achieve a high level of fluency in spoken and written Spanish.

Students who are interested in a structured course of study in Spanish language and culture may pursue the Spanish minor.

First and second-year Spanish classes emphasize all aspects of Spanish language—speaking, reading, writing, and grammar—as well as cultural context. Upper-division courses focus on the critical study of cultural texts (literature, cinema, and art) in connection to broader artistic, historical, sociopolitical, and philosophical questions and debates.

Students who major in Spanish are encouraged to select courses from a variety of periods in both Peninsular and Latin American literature and film and to complement their studies with appropriate coursework in other areas such as humanities, anthropology, history, art, and political science.

Spanish majors and minors may fulfill graduation requirements through study abroad in Reed-sponsored programs. Students may also choose to live in Reed’s Spanish House, which hosts cultural events and offers the opportunity to practice the language in an everyday setting.

“One of the many great things about the Reed Spanish department was how it manages to be a tight-knit community while also allowing students to study such diverse topics. I honestly was initially drawn to the department because it naturally integrated interdisciplinary work” LYLA BOYAJIAN ’19

Professor profile

Professor Christian Kroll

Languages of Resistance
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Associate professor of Spanish and humanities Christian Kroll focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century Latin American literature and culture, with an emphasis on contemporary Central America, Mexico, and Peru. A former architect, Christian’s research interests include critical, spatial, political, and posthuman theory; state violence and the languages of resistance; and the relation between culture, politics, and the production of space.

He also teaches in Reed’s yearlong interdisciplinary course, Humanities 110. In the classroom, Christian tries to understand how different discourses and processes construct us as students; the best class, he says, is one in which he talks less, giving students some of the responsibility—and authority—for the discussion.

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Recent Senior Thesis Titles

“If the City Were a Fiction: Imaginations of the Outskirts in the Work of Jorge L. Borges”
Austen Rogers ’22

“Education through Experience: Learning to Skeptically Evaluate Appearances in Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s Eco y Narciso
Imani Garrott ’22

“From Somos to Prosa plebeya: A Discussion of Sexual Politics in Argentina”
Dashiell Allen ’21

“Tearing Down the Wall: Volunteer Discourse in Relation to Gloria Anzaldúa’s Theory of the U.S.-Mexico Border”
Nina Matthews ’21

“Rupturing with the past: aesthetics and politics in the Chilean neo-avant-garde”
Rugby Simon ’20

“El Fenómeno de la Violencia Sicaresca en Colombia: Una Discusión Sobre el Valor y las Funciones de la Memoria”
Julia Jacobson ’19

The Spanish House and Language Scholars

Reed’s Spanish House, the Casa hispánica, is a residence hall for students and a cultural center for the campus. Throughout the academic year, the Casa hosts a range of activities, including movie nights, poetry readings, potluck dinners with department faculty, dance performances, and concerts. All students—majors and non-majors—are invited to explore these and other aspects of Hispanic culture as they practice their Spanish language skills in an informal setting.

The Casa is supported by two language scholars, native speakers of Spanish and important members of the Spanish department. The scholars provide cultural expertise and academic support to students and host weekly informal “cafecitos.”

What Do Alumni Do?

Freelance Journalist and Translator
Dashiell Allen ’21

Graduate Student
Franklin Pierce School of Law, UNH
Lyla Boyajian ’19

English Language Development Teacher
East County, Oregon
Kriya Krisnabai-Gitanjali ’14

Publicist and Editor
Desperate Literature, Madrid
Kate McCully ’13

Independent Film Producer
The Match Factory, Berlin
Maya Scherr-Willson ’13

Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies
Colby College
Charlie Hankin ’11

Spanish Language Librarian
Arapahoe Libraries, Colorado
Marina Valenzuela ’07

Director of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies
Bowdoin College
Margaret Boyle ’05