Spanish and Latin American Studies
Explore Spanish culture through the study of literature and media while developing skills in oral communication, grammar, and composition.
Spanish and Latin American Studies at STU
Spanish and Latin American Studies at STU is the only program in the Maritimes (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia) that is strictly taught in Spanish. This focus on teaching, speaking, and writing exclusively in Spanish allows students to gain an advanced level of fluency by the end of their degree.
What sets STU’s Spanish and Latin American Studies Program Apart?
- Small, engaging classes that emphasize personal interaction, discussion, and debate.
- Students can complete the DELE (Diploma de Español Lengua Extranjera), which is an internationally recognized Certificate in Competency in Spanish. St. Thomas University is the testing site for the DELE for New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
- Lectures and seminars are always taught by professors—not teaching assistants—which means students learn from experts in the field.
- Students studying Spanish and Latin American Studies are encouraged to enhance their education through a semester or year-long international exchange in Spain, Chile, Ecuador, or Cuba. This allows students to continue their education while fully immersing themselves in a different culture.
- No prior knowledge of Spanish is required for students wishing to complete a minor, major, or honours in the field.
Where the Study of Spanish and Latin American Studies can Take You
Students in Spanish and Latin American Studies become global citizens through exposure to the diversity of Hispanic cultures in literature, cultural media, cinema, and art. The program’s focus on developing advanced literacy skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—give students an increased awareness of the crucial role communication plays in developing complex ideas, forming meaningful personal connections, and working collaboratively with others.
This prepares graduates for meaningful careers in fields like:
- Education — in Canada and abroad.
- Civil Service
- International Business
“I am truly grateful for all my experiences at STU and all the remarkable people I met. I grew so much during my degree and every experience I had is paired with fond memories. STU helped to nurture my love for community involvement and a genuine love for others, and I will always cherish that.”
Anisha Romany, BA ’19, Honours in Spanish and Latin American Studies
Gain Experience and Build Your Resume
Connect the study of Spanish and Latin American Studies with professional experience through the STU Internship Program in positions with:
- Multicultural Association of Fredericton
- Charlotte Street Art Centre
- Beaverbrook Art Centre
- Immigration Fredericton
Students in Spanish can participate in the travel-study course “Cuban History and Culture,” where they travel with their professor to the western region of Cuba for two weeks. There, they will visit various historical and cultural sites and experience a unique immersion into art, architecture, cuisine, literature, music, and fashion.
You might be interested in studying Spanish and Latin American Studies if…
- You want to increase your language proficiency or become bilingual
- You want to learn about another culture
- You want to become a global citizen
- You are interested in international development
Twentieth Century Spanish Culture and Texts
Culture and Composition
Introduction to Latino Literature and Culture in the United States
Fields that Enhance Your Learning in Spanish and Latin American Studies
Students who are interested in Spanish are often also attracted to learning more about cultures and societies unlike their own. Their degree is often complemented by studies in Anthropology, History, International Relations, Political Science, Sociology, and Journalism