Explore rich history and culture, engage with the global community and get ready for the future with the language spoken by more than 50 million people in the U.S. and more than half a billion people worldwide.

Lawrence coursework includes a wide range of courses on the Spanish language and the cultures and literatures of Spain, Latin America, and the Latinx population of the United States. All course materials, discussions and written work are in Spanish (unless specified otherwise). About 70 Lawrentians major or minor in Spanish, and more than 1/3 of our students take Spanish coursework every year.

  • Reading Borges, Marquez, Allende and more in their original language
  • The films of Almodóvar, the art of Goya or the music of Albeniz.
  • Exploring the political and cultural representations of the U.S.-Mexico-Central American borders
  • Examining gender, politics and culture in Latin America and Spain
  • Celebrating Hispanic, Latin American and Latin@/Latinx identities


Life After Lawrence

Lawrentians can enjoy careers in...

Education, law, nonprofit service, therapy, business and finance, marketing and advertising, diplomacy, higher education administration, human resources, translation, medicine, government

Recent employers include...

Archaeological Consulting Services, Boston Latin School, AmeriCorps, Green Bay Packers, FBI, Aurora Health Care, Government of Spain Ministry of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of State, The Lovett School

Lawrentians can earn advanced degrees in...

Latin American studies, bilingual/bicultural education, Spanish language and literature, geography, communication disorder science and services, landscape architecture, journalism and mass communication

At places like...

George Washington University, Harvard University, New York University, Northwestern University, Radcliffe College, Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Learn from faculty and renowned speakers from throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

Faculty from Spain, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Chile and the U.S. provide a rich understanding of the world’s diversity of Spanish-speaking cultures and linguistic nuances. International speakers, artists and performers regularly bring their insights and expertise to campus.

Experience rich cultural opportunities right on College Avenue.

Lawrence hosts the annual Latin American and Spanish Film Festival, a four-day cinema adventure; the cultural exploration of Latin American Studies Week; and the Wriston Gallery is home to the Estampas de la Revolución Mexicana collection, works produced by a mid-20th century graphic artist collective.

Choose your own adventure with multiple study abroad opportunities.

Lawrence’s eight different study abroad options centered on Spanish language study offer you the chance to curate your own experience from Argentina and Chile and Costa Rica to Ecuador and Spain.

Perfect your Spanish through immersion language retreats at Björklunden.

Spend 48+ hours speaking nothing but Spanish at Lawrence’s beautiful northern campus, Björklunden. Explore the lodge and visit the shores of Lake Michigan all while honing your bilingual abilities.

Components of the Major

Ten courses beyond intermediate Spanish that span culture, history, art, and literature, such as:

  • Gender, Politics, and Current Events in Spain
  • Cervantes: Don Quijote
  • Latin American Urban Cultures - Buenos Aires
  • Latin American Visual Arts
  • Spanish in the US
  • Translation in Context: the Theory, History, and Practice of Spanish Translation
  • Reading the Border: Gender, Texts and Performance
  • Ruining the Imaginary of Paradise: Eco-Criticism in the Spanish-Speaking Caribbean
  • Dis(re)membering the Nation: Contemporary Film & Fiction of Spain and Latin America

Course descriptions and more courses

Senior Experiences

The Spanish department's Senior Experience consists of a multimedia portfolio that provides measurable evidence of the academic work, cultural competence and communication skills required of you as a Spanish major. The portfolio also serves as a measure of your steady progress towards those goals by allowing you to compare your early and more recent academic work.

Recent Senior Experiences include:


Fantasy and Stereotype: The Witches of Lima as Colonial Identity

Las representaciones del género y los espacios en las películas y la literatura hispana

La personificación en el pre-Boom: Los objetos y La noche del féretro
Performance en español: Estudios de cine y teatro

Perceptions of Identity within Latin America: Beards, Collective Memory, and Nervous Breakdowns

ACM Costa Rica Programs
ISA Buenos Aires, Argentina
ISA Granada, Spain
IES Salamanca, Spain
IES Santiago, Chile
Ecuador (MSID International Development)
Language Immersion Weekend
Latin American and Spanish Film Festival | The Lawrence Minute
Elizabeth Burke '16