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Cornell University Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences Cornell University

College of Arts and Sciences, Liberal Arts at Cornell University



The major is designed to give students proficiency in the oral and written Spanish language, to acquaint them with Hispanic culture and to develop their skill in literary and linguistic analysis. Majors can choose to concentrate in such areas as Spanish literature or Area Studies (Spanish, Latin American or U.S.–Latino studies). Spanish majors typically pursue a second major in such departments as government, psychology, history, international relations or economics. They often go on to do graduate work in Spanish or other related disciplines, teach in secondary schools, or enter into government, diplomacy, social agencies and business corporations. Others pursue careers in publishing, medicine, law and banking, where knowledge of Spanish is increasingly important both for tapping into local resources and developing global connections.

Interesting Classes

  • Issues of Identity in Contemporary Spain
  • Spanish Cinema: The Sinister, The Satirical, and The Scandalous
  • Creative Writing Workshop (in Spanish)
  • Postcolonial Poetry and the Poetics of Relations

Students went on to...

  • Study Spanish literature at Johns Hopkins University
  • Work as a commercial assistant a Araya & Cia. Abogados
  • Be a business coordinator for the Latino Economic Development Corp.

More Information

More information for the Spanish major, Spanish minor, is available in the Cornell University Course Catalog.

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