The Department of Spanish and Portuguese provides the means for students to develop competence in literature, language and culture in multi-disciplinary contexts. By delving into the languages of Spanish and Portuguese, students engage in cross-cultural experiences, while developing knowledge about social and community issues within and outside the country. Furthermore, students learn about the interconnection between the U.S. and the Spanish and Luso-Brazilian-speaking world. The study of cultures and literature seeks to develop sensitivity about social justice while conveying the diversity of various cultures. These academic and community-based experiences are meant to lead to a better understanding of the individual’s role within the global community.
We are located in Bosler Hall, a historic landmark building on Dickinson’s campus. Our large and diverse faculty works closely with students to help them achieve high levels of language proficiency and in-depth knowledge of Hispanic literatures and cultures. These cultural and literary studies cover a vast geographical and linguistic area—our majors read noted Spanish and Latin American writers from the past and present as well as Chicano and Latino authors who write in both Spanish and English. Students interested in Portuguese may also want to learn more about Dickinson’s Portuguese & Brazilian Studies minor.
Students have the option to study on our Dickinson in Spain program in Málaga, Spain, or on our Dickinson in South America program, which offers the opportunity to live and study in both Cuenca, Ecuador and Mendoza, Argentina. Please take a look at a series of videos our students made about their experience while on these programs!