Hispanic Studies

Hispanic Studies Students

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.

CSB students learn weaving in Guatemala

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.

Featured Alums

Colin Hannigan '12, College Professor

"Thanks to the excellent Political Science and Hispanic Studies, faculty, a vague interest in politics grew into a fascination for international relations and a simple enjoyment of speaking Spanish developed into a passion for learning about and experiencing Latin American cultures." Read more about Colin.


Shannon McEvoy '12

"I am currently living in Valparaíso, Chile, the sister city to Viña del Mar, where I studied abroad in 2010. Valparaíso is famous for its graffiti and murals, and when I first saw them in 2010, they inspired me to become a muralist myself." Read more about Shannon.