Spanish at Bard

Spanish at Bard

Like other language programs at Bard, the Spanish Studies program offers an immersion format that allows students to complete the equivalent of two semesters of language study within just a few months. If you are new to Spanish, you will take the Spanish Intensive, and 8-credit-hour course at Bard, followed by a month abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico.



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Spanish/ Spanish Studies & Latin American and Iberian Studies

Like other language programs at Bard, the Spanish Studies program offers an immersion format that allows students to complete the equivalent of two semesters of language study within just a few months. If you are new to Spanish, you will take the Spanish Intensive, and 8-credit-hour course at Bard, followed by a month abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico. You will then take Spanish 201 or 202 at Bard, followed by introductory courses in literary studies in Spanish. If you have some previous experience with Spanish, we will place you in the appropriate level so that you can continue to develop your skills.

Faculty contact and profile information may be found here.
Sample courses may be found here.

Additional Studies

Spanish Studies

Spanish Studies Program Website

The Spanish Studies Program offers a full range of courses in the language, literature, and culture of the Spanish-speaking world, including Spain, Spanish America, and the Latino/a community of the United States. By the time of Moderation, students are expected to have a solid grasp of the language, as well as a familiarity with reading and writing about literary texts. After Moderation, students concentrate on particular aspects of Hispanic culture by taking specialized seminars that focus on certain geographic regions, time periods, or cultural manifestations. Spanish Studies majors are strongly encouraged to spend a semester abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. We will help you to choose the appropriate program and location and guide you through the application process.

Latin American and Iberian Studies

LAIS Concentration Website

Latin American and Iberian Studies (LAIS) is a multidisciplinary program incorporating such diverse disciplines as literature, political studies, anthropology, history, economics, art history, and dance. It provides an academic setting for the study of two regions inextricably bound together by historical, cultural, linguistic, economic, and political ties. Students who enter the LAIS Program emerge with the linguistic and analytical preparation necessary to understand the literatures and cultures of Latin American and Iberian countries; the history of Latin America in the pre-Columbian, colonial, and national periods; the formation of social and economic structures throughout the Hispanic world; the history and ethnography of Mesoamerica and the Andes; contemporary Latin American and Iberian politics; and the Hispanic experience in the United States. Courses in these and related areas provide a framework in which to explore a wide range of compelling issues, including the “boom” in Latin American literature; the reinterpretation of Iberian colonialism in the Americas; the politics of democratization and redemocratization in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America; economic crisis and reform in postwar Latin America; and the integration of Hispanic communities into American politics and society.