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 17, 2020Outstanding Performance Award 2019

    The faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies would like to congratulate Dr. Monica Leoni, Department Chair and Associate Professor, for receiving the 2019 Outstanding Performance Award. This award was created to recognize and celebrate faculty members for outstanding contribution in teaching and scholarship.

    A list of all 2019 award recipients is available on the Daily Bulletin.

  2. June 4, 2020Remote Learning
    a message from your Spanish advisor

    Course Offering

    We are offering all our language, translation, and cultural studies (including film and visual culture) courses this coming Fall as scheduled. All of our courses will be online, and the content will be delivered asynchronously. No matter where you are (whether it be Waterloo Region or anywhere else in the world) you will be able to take Spanish Courses with us!


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  1. Oct. 1, 2020VIRTUAL Conversemos en Español (Let's Chat in Spanish)
    Conversation Circles

    Come and practice your Spanish.
    Under the direction of a Spanish teacher, you can meet others and practice spoken Spanish. Spanish-speakers are also welcome to encourage others to learn and or improve their Spanish and to make new friends. Some basic knowledge of Spanish is helpful to participate in this program. This program is being offered in partnership with the University of Waterloo Spanish Department and the Waterloo Public Library.

    Registration opens September 17th: https://bit.ly/35toiMg

  2. Oct. 8, 2020Virtual Guest Speaker - Gabriela Sanchez
    Gabriela Sanchez

    Uncovering Women's Cultural Heritage in Latin American Muralism

    This presentation explores some aspects of mural art made by women, and their various forms of representation. It questions whether the construction of an artistic field, made of and by women, allows for the possibility of leaving a mark in art history,
    a space where their contribution goes unnoticed even today. It will also establish how women themselves are those who reconstruct
    a history that allows them to be made visible in a public and monumental space.

  3. Oct. 8, 2020VIRTUAL Conversemos en Español (Let's Chat in Spanish)
    Conversation Circles

    Come and practice your Spanish.
    Under the direction of a Spanish teacher, you can meet others and practice spoken Spanish. Spanish-speakers are also welcome to encourage others to learn and or improve their Spanish and to make new friends. Some basic knowledge of Spanish is helpful to participate in this program. This program is being offered in partnership with the University of Waterloo Spanish Department and the Waterloo Public Library.

    Registration opens September 17th: https://bit.ly/35toiMg

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Mario Boido

Mario Boido

Associate Professor

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

519-888-4567 x 35621
mario.boido@uwaterloo.ca