Spanish and Latin American Studies

In addition to providing you with a fluent knowledge of the Spanish language, a degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies offers a multiplicity of practical applications ranging from business to broadcasting and from social work to diplomatic service. At the same time, it gives you a deep knowledge of and appreciation for Hispanic literatures and cultures.

Learning a language helps us to better understand the medium in which we form and express our ideas and feelings; its literature speaks of the diversity of the human experience and helps shape a sense of who we are. Through the study of literature you will learn to use language, but you will also learn how language is used to construct a text. This powerful knowledge transfers into other disciplines. It enhances the engineer’s problem-solving skills and the politician’s rhetoric; it makes the advertising agent a more effective seller and the business leader a better communicator. Ultimately, as citizens, it makes us more aware consumers and better participants in democratic society.

  1. Nov. 21, 2016Job position - 3-year definite-term appointment as Lecturer

    The Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Waterloo is accepting applications for a 3-year definite-term appointment as Lecturer, to start  August 1, 2017.

  2. Apr. 26, 2016Translating for World Accord!

    Translating for World Accord!

    As part of our SPAN 345 course (a directed studies course with the topic Intensive Translation Practice) and our SPAN 450 course (Theory and Practice of Translations) in Winter 2016, our students were given the opportunity to translate documents for World Accord.

    We have pleasure in sharing all of our students' positive experiences while volunteering, and translating, for World Accord.

  3. Apr. 21, 2015A wonderful mix - a Spanish/English Translation Minor, volunteering abroad and attending the 3rd Annual Colloquium of Latin American Studies at Concordia UniversityStudents talking

    Sonia Manuchian, a fourth year Honours Science student, shares her experience with us.

    I truly believe that learning another language is beneficial no matter what field you are studying. I am a fourth year Honours Science student and have also been taking Spanish courses at the University of Waterloo since my first year in order to complete a Spanish Translation minor. 

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Meet our people

María del Carmen Sillato

María del Carmen Sillato


Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies

Director of the Spanish/English Translation Plan, Co-ordinator of the Cuba Exchange Program

Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1

Phone: 519 885-4567 x 33606