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. June 20, 2017Congratulations Graduates!

    Many congratulations to our most recent graduates!  We are extremely proud of each of you!

    Student Name Degree

    Adams, Natalie  

    Honours Spanish & Arts and Business – Economics Minor – Co-operative Program

  2. June 8, 2017New course Fall 2017 - Cultural Identities Today (ARTS 190)

    We are excited to announce a new course being offered in Fall Term 2017.

    ARTS 190: Cultural Identities Today explores some of the questions about the role that national/ethnic cultures play in determining our identity. Taught by Prof. Barbara Schmenk from Germanic and Slavic Studies, the course will be of interest to any student wishing to gain skills in analyzing how cultural background and affiliations influence personal identity.

  3. 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.

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María del Carmen Sillato

María del Carmen Sillato


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

Phone: 519 885-4567 x 33606