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Hispanic Studies offers a whole range of courses in language, literature, culture and linguistics. Language courses are designed to provide you with a basic level of fluency in spoken and written Spanish. The literature courses at the introductory level include surveys of major trends and major works in Spanish and Spanish-American literature. At the advanced level, literature and civilization courses provide concentration in both Spanish-American and Spanish cultures. Courses in Hispanic Linguistics examine the structure of Modern Spanish and its different stages of evolution.

Why Hispanic Studies at Glendon?

Several courses in Hispanic Studies offer the choice of French or English as a language of reference, making this program trilingual rather than bilingual. The program’s small classes offer exceptional opportunities for learning and interaction. The department is a full-fledged department, rather than a subsection of Modern Languages (1 of only 3 in Canada), with many exceptional opportunities for tailoring a program of studies to your individual needs

You can specialize in Hispanic Studies by majoring or minoring in the discipline. You can also combine Spanish with a major or minor in another area such as International Studies, Translation, Political Science and others. Alternatively, you can take Spanish for interest as a elective courses. Many of the 600 students registered in the department want to learn Spanish while pursuing their degree in other fields.

In addition to courses, the Department organises a number of cultural activities (film projections, talks, lectures, conferences, discussions with native speakers, etc.) to help you become familiar with the culture and life-style of Spanish-speaking people. You are also invited to join our Spanish Club (Club de Español) to experience the cultures and lifestyles of the Hispanic world.

The growing importance of Spanish in North American life, combined with Canada’s economic and commercial relations with Latin American countries, indicate an expanding potential for professional opportunities.

Careers Paths

Teacher, editor, translator, community developer, foreign service worker, immigration officer. Interested in graduate studies? A Glendon degree provides excellence in education and research opportunities for students pursuing graduate studies and academic careers.

Students

Catherine Kirkpatrick, Glendon Graduate, 2014.
“My best academic decision was to enroll in Hispanic Studies. My degree taught me the intercultural competencies necessary to excel in the 21st century global marketplace. This innovative program led me to Spain, to intern at the Canadian Embassy; to Colombia, to translate for the Municipal government; and to México, to teach at the High School level.”

    Professors


    Professor Alejandro Zamora brings his rich experience in teaching, journalism, professional and fiction writing to Glendon. He is a specialist in comparative literature and was recently awarded with the Principal’s Teaching Award 2010-2011.

    Resources

    Take the Online Spanish Placement Test to determine your current level of Spanish.

    Our professors have compiled a list of useful Spanish resources.

    Highlights

    Certificate in Spanish for Business & Professional Communication

    Spanish for Business PDF

    Our Certificate in Spanish-English Translation and Certificado en traducción inglés-español were founded with the recognition of the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO).

     Club de Español
     Spanish Resource Centre

    Study abroad

    This summer 2019, study our course on Community Narratives in Costa Rica at York’s Eco Campus. For info click here: Flyer Narratives 2019.

    Spanish (Hispanic Studies) is available as a trilingual international Bachelor of Arts.

    The Hispanic Studies Department offers several flexible degree options that you can combine with other programs of study at Glendon.

    Ready to apply?

    Ontario Universities’ Application Centre Codes
    BA: YGP
    iBA Bilingual: YGG
    iBA Trilingual: YGH (Upper-year entry)

    The introductory courses are open to incoming fist-year students and are offered every year:  GL/SP 1000, GL/SP 2000 and GL/SP 2100. Students must take the Online Placement Test to be placed at the appropriate level. Courses that count for the degree start at 2000 level. These courses help students to develop knowledge of Spanish language, literatures and cultures, and also a basic framework for critical reading and writing. The courses help students to develop skills for further study in Spanish.

    Core courses at the 3000 level are open normally to second or third year Spanish students: GL/SP 3000 centers on consolidating oral and written skills, and stylistics. GL/SP 3200 offers an overview of the the Spanish language for native speakers of Spanish, GL/SP 3300 and GL/SP 3400 are an overview of Spanish and Spanish-American literature, culture and civilization. They are offered every year. Students to enrol in these courses must have taken GL/SP 2000 and GL/SP 2100.

    Spanish students must complete core courses to continue with other upper 3000 and 4000 level courses. They are offered in cycles of alternating years. These courses are limited to honours students. They are designed to provide the students with the opportunity for in-depth study of a chosen topic within a specific area of Spanish language, linguistics, literature, cinema, drama, theory and criticism. All these courses have prerequisites.

    The Hispanic Studies Degree can be combined with the Certificate in Translation Spanish-English/English-Spanish. An entrance exam and specific requirements are necessary to enrol in the program.

    We have a number of cross-listed courses with other departments. A student may take such a course either as a course in Hispanic Studies or as a course in the other subject.
    All of our courses are taught in Spanish, except for our language courses which are taught mostly in Spanish but have English or French as reference language.

    The curriculum in Spanish exposes students to a wide range of research areas, periods, and critical and theoretical frameworks in order to provide students with a sound background to the language and cultures of the Spanish speaking world.

    The Department of Hispanic Studies offers the following degree types and certificates:

    Students must follow the undergraduate calendar requirements for the year they entered or switched into their program. Access detailed program requirements below:

    Hispanic Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements for 2017-2018
    Hispanic Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements for 2016-2017
    Hispanic Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements for 2015-2016
    Hispanic Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements for 2014-2015
    Hispanic Studies BA and iBA Degree requirements for 2013-2014

    Featured Courses

    GL/SP 4608 3.0 Narratives in/of Costa Rica. Individuals, Communities and their Voices (Summer 2019)

    This Glendon course is taught at York’s Eco-Campus in Costa Rica from April 29th to May 10th, 2019. 

    Classroom instruction

    Spanish Mini Calendar

    2017-2018 (PDF)

    2016-2017 (PDF)

    2015-2016 (PDF)

    Catalan Courses

    Fall/Winter 2018 – 2019

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    Professors

    Full-Time Professors

    Silva, Caridad
    Raventós-Pons, Esther
    Kowal, Jerzy
    Guzmán, María Constanza
    Zamora, Alejandro (on sabbatical)

    Course Directors

    Bátiz, Martha
    Berecochea, Ximena
    Boyd, Martin
    Huarte Gallego, Belén
    Melgar-Foraster, Shaudin
    Reich, Mara

    Staff

    Chair

    Dr. Jerzy Kowal
    Office: York Hall 124
    Tel.: 416-736-2100, ext. 88333
    jkowal@glendon.yorku.ca

    Administrative Assistant
    Lila Manseur
    Office: York Hall 215
    Telephone: 416-487-6777

    spanish@glendon.yorku.ca

    Office Hours:
    Monday to Thursday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm,
    Lunch time 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    Friday 1:00pm – 4:00pm (office is closed in the morning)