Our department embraces diversity and a multicultural vision of the world. Knowledge of Spanish and Hispanic culture enhances the lives of all our students.
From Madrid to Mexico City, from Santiago de Chile to Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York, Spanish is one of the most widely spoken of languages in the United States and the world. The Spanish-speaking world embraces many cultures, from Spain's Judeo-Christian and Islamic heritage to Latin America's Mayan, Aztec, Inca, and African roots.
In our language classes we work in small groups to encourage individual expression and to build oral proficiency. We also emphasize cross-cultural awareness and understanding of other nations.
Literature classes include analyses and discussion of writing from many different periods. Themes range from medieval balladry to Latino literature, contemporary women's writing, and Latin American poetry. We also examine past and present civilizations through culture courses on Spain and Latin America. We organize frequent cultural activities and opportunities to practice Spanish: "tertulias," lectures, symposia, films, and performances by writers and artists from diverse areas of Spain and Latin America.
We now offer Portuguese Courses. The program aims to foster a sense of innovation and diversity in course offerings and efforts to meet the needs of Wellesley students. With a special focus on Brazil, the largest country in South America and the 8th largest economy in the world, classes are designed to introduce students to the four continents that are home to the cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Knowledge of these countries is paramount in a world where politics, economies and cultural lives are intrinsically internationalized.