Comprehensive Exam - Foundational Texts

This list seeks to offer a comprehensive view of Hispanic civilization from medieval and modern Spain, to Hispanic America and the Caribbean from pre-Columbian times to the present, and over four hundred years of Latinos in the United States. A student with a major in the Department of Spanish should be conversant, albeit not a specialist, with these canonical texts, many of which will have been contemplated in the classroom at some point in the student’s four-year tenure at Amherst College, and all available through the Five-College library system.

Study Abroad

Study abroad programs offer academically-rigorous courses of study and require a solid language foundation.  Spanish majors are strongly encouraged to pursue a homestay or a living arrangement with Spanish speakers while abroad.  Three courses, taught entirely in Spanish, may be counted for the major while studying abroad, with the exception of grammar or language courses and music or art practice courses.  At least one of the three courses must be a literature course.

My home for the next 4 years

Union College

I will be attending Union College in Schenectady, NY this fall as a member of the class of 2011. I have too many interests to choose an intended major at this time, but I am especially interested in Biology, Eastern Relgions, and Spanish (weird combination...I know).

I also love to run! While at Union, I hope to run for the cross-country and indoor/outdoor track teams.

The Spanish Department

¡Bienvenidos al Departamento de Español!


The Spanish Department offers courses in both the Spanish language and in Hispanic culture and literature. You will find detailed information about our courses, our members of the faculty, study abroad programs we offer, Spanish major requirements, Department-related events, and much more by clicking on the left menu.

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