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. Jan. 11, 2021Latin American Film Festival
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  2. Oct. 23, 2020Convocation Spring 2020
    The Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies would like to extend our sincere congratulations to our graduating students from Spring 2020.  We are extremely proud of you and wish you all the best in your future endeavours.


  3. Oct. 9, 2020Meet our new OLA!

    The Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies is pleased to welcome our Fall 2020 co-op student, Santiago Ehsanirad to the team! As our Online Learning Assistant (OLA), he will be assisting instructors navigate the online environment and ensuring all remote processes run as smooth as possible. Santiago will also support the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, which will make for a culturally diverse and exciting experience!

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Meet our people

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Regina Vera-Quinn

Continuing Lecturer

Coordinator for Introductory Courses (On-campus and online)

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

519-888-4567 x 33683