Spanish and Latin American Studies

Discovering Spanish and Latin American Studies

Spanish is one of the world's most common languages. It is the first language of Spain, Mexico, most of South America and a large part of the population of the United States and the Caribbean. It is becoming an increasingly important language in global trade and commerce.

The Romance Language Department offers both majors and honours programs in Spanish, as well as DELE in Spanish. The department is comprised of dynamic and devoted faculty responsible for delivering an ambitious program. Due to its association with Hispanic worlds, all having immeasurable intellectual and artistic impacts on the development of Western culture and humanism, the Romance Languages Department has a pivotal role to play in a liberal arts curriculum.

An introductory course for beginners leads to advanced courses in grammar, conversation and composition, translation, and Spanish and Latin American literature.

Critical and Transferable Skills

Students studying Spanish at St. Thomas will be fostered as global citizens through exposure to the diversity Hispanic cultures through literature, cultural media, cinema, and art. The strong focus that our program places on the acquisition of advanced and superior levels of second-language literacy development (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) result in an increased awareness of the crucial role communication skills—oral and written—play in developing and expressing complex ideas and arguments. Courses in Spanish provide students with skills in oral communication, grammar, composition, translation, literature, and cultural studies.

Students may choose to complement their language studies at St. Thomas with programs offered in Latin America or Spain. Most importantly, students are made acutely aware of issues and questions that challenge humanity in different global cultures and regions. Students become less ethnocentric, more tolerant and gain an appreciation of alternate sociocultural practices, attitudes, and beliefs.

Careers and Graduate Pathways

Students who graduate from the Spanish program are well poised to become highly successful professionals in all levels of education in Canada and abroad, the civil service and government, translation and interpretation, law, national and international business, national and international agencies/organizations, the RCMP, diplomacy, tourism, hospitality industry, journalism, communications, and the publishing industry.

Related Areas of Study

Students who are interested in Spanish are often also attracted to learning more about cultures and societies unlike their own. Their degree is often complemented by studies in Anthropology, History, English, Philosophy, Communications, Journalism, Political Science, and Sociology.