Our students learn about Hispanic cultures directly through the Spanish language, primarily through literature, film and other artistic expressions. It is possible to begin Spanish at Amherst as a first-year student and go abroad to a Spanish-speaking country during junior year.

The Amherst Spanish Department offers courses in both the Spanish language and in Hispanic culture and literature. We study literature and culture from a modern critical perspective, without isolating it from its context. We teach most courses in Spanish.