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Hispanic Studies Major and Minor

The Department of Hispanic Studies at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University is committed to offering its students an outstanding liberal-arts education in the literatures and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, based on a solid and thorough knowledge of the Spanish language.

The Hispanic Studies program offers three semesters of language for the Global Language Proficiency common curriculum requirement (Spanish 111, 112, and 211). The common curriculum focuses on learning Spanish as well as understanding Hispanic cultures. For this reason, all language classes give ample attention to the diversity of Spanish, Latin-American, and Latino cultures.

The program for majors and minors in Hispanic Studies includes 200-level and 300-level advanced language courses , as well as a wide range of courses at the 300 level in literature, culture and linguistics.

In addition, we offer a wide spectrum of complementary programs abroad. The College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University has semester-long programs in Segovia, Spain, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and Viña del Mar, Chile, as well as summer programs in Spain in Valladolid and Santiago.

The department, in association with other departments and programs, also sponsors cultural events related to the cultures of the Hispanic world.

Participation in the Hispanic Studies program will not only allow you to understand, appreciate, and enjoy the great diversity of human cultures in the Hispanic world; but also, as proven by our alumni, it will open up a wide range of personal and professional opportunities.

In accordance with the mission of the colleges, the Department of Hispanic Studies educates students to become better global citizens through instruction in foreign language, literature and culture and fosters integrated learning, exceptional leadership for change, and wisdom for a lifetime.

For more information on our major and minor requirements, follow this link.

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Department News Page



Prof. Patricia Bolaños-Fabres receives Fulbright scholar award. Read more here.

SALSA RUEDA! Watch a video from our event on March 30!

Congratulations to three of our CSB Hispanic Studies majors on receiving the S. Renee Domeier Scholarship for Spanish. Read more here.

Listen to the 2016 CSB student commencement speech delivered by Latino/Latin American Studies minor, Anna Cron '16.

Undergraduate research grants are available through the office of Experiential Learning. Click here for more info.

Watch visiting professor, Emily Kuffner, perform at the 3rd annual "Stage Fright" open mic.

The Gilman International Scholarship offers awards to undergrads who might otherwise not participate in study abroad due to financial constraints. The scholarship is available for both semester-long programs and many short-term programs.

Listen to the 2015 SJU student commencement speech by Luke Newgaard '15, Hispanic Studies/Political Science major.

Meet Austin Barkley '15, HS Major and Fulbright TA.

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