Spanish and Latin American Studies


Spanish, the third most spoken language internationally, engages you with the world. A major in the Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies will equip you with a deep and applied knowledge of the Spanish language, its social and academic contexts and uses, as well as the tools to examine and understand past and contemporary forms of politics, society and culture in the Spanish-speaking world. Our exchange program enhances this by offering in-country exposure to the same. Language learning in our department becomes a means not merely to communicate but to engage with real world issues. Our graduates will have gained skills that are valued in diplomacy, journalism, arts, education, business and the law, in other words, in all areas requiring cultural exchange.

The language units we offer are based on a recognition of the lived and social nature of language. You participate in Spanish via group work, role plays, creative project-based work, online quizzes, discussion, as well as skills tests, exams and essay writing. The units you choose for your major involve both language and culture subjects, wherein you explore modern and contemporary culture (film, media, music, for example), literature and society, state and social change.

Study plan

A major in Spanish and Latin American Studies requires at least 36 senior credit points, including at least 24 credit points from language units of study and at least 6 credit points at 3000 level.

Refer to the online handbook for more information on pathways through the Spanish and Latin American Studies major.

Graduate opportunities

Sydney Arts and Social Sciences graduates work in government departments at all levels, and major private sector consultancies and corporations, locally and overseas. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a range of subject areas that prepare graduates for careers in administration, education, business research, marketing, media, management consultancy, public relations, gallery and museum curatorship, hospitality and tourism, community and welfare. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry, and demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, and ethical, social and professional understanding, qualities sought after by leading employers all over the world.

Further study for major

Eligible candidates may proceed to an Honours year in the Bachelor of Arts, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

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