Hispanic and Latin American Studies (Spanish and Portuguese)

Bienvenidos / bem-vindos / welcome to Hispanic and Latin American Studies.

Formerly Spanish and Portuguese, the Hispanic and Latin American Studies (HLAS) program at Brock University offers a range of courses that focus on the rich and diverse Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking cultures of the Iberian Peninsula and of Latin America which are increasingly in demand in today’s global economy.

The HLAS curriculum honours the shared origins of this cultural community. With their rich literary, cultural, historical, linguistic heritage and their global reach, these languages play a key role in the world’s multicultural societies, and have become very popular language choices of today’s students.

Spanish was one of the first five original programs offered at Brock University since its inception in 1964. Portuguese language and culture courses were added in 2000. Today, the HLAS program offers an array of courses which exposes students to a broader disciplinary background, and gives them opportunities for cross-disciplinary studies. Also, the wide range of faculty interests and program activities allows our students to pursue studies in an interdisciplinary environment, as well as enjoy a privileged relation with studies from a variety of disciplines at Brock as well as with community partners.

Students enrolled in the HLAS program mainly work toward dual degrees, and combine languages with majors and/or minors in a variety of fields. This allows students to develop competency in essential skills for academic and/or professional opportunities. University graduates from our program continue into graduate studies in Canada and/or abroad, others have been very successful in the job market in a variety of positions and a wide range of fields.

Spanish and Portuguese

Languages of the Americas and of the world: In total numbers, more people speak Portuguese as a native language than German or French—totalling some 170 million—, while native speakers of Spanish outnumber native speakers of English by about 10 million. In North America Spanish is a major language, and Hispanics have become the most important minority for our neighbour to the south, comprising over 15% of the US population or more than 50 million people. Canada also has a number of important immigrant communities from the Hispanic world, and the Golden Horseshoe region is home to many people of Chilean, Brazilian, Colombian, Argentine, Salvadoran, Spanish and Portuguese descent.

Online and Experiential/Community Outreach Courses

1. Offered online

SPAN 2P11 — Cultures of Spain and Portugal (also offered as INTC 2P11)
Formation of Iberian cultures from medieval to modern times, in the contexts of social, political, religious, intellectual, literary, and artistic themes and developments. Topics may include multicultural and cross-cultural influences, diasporic identities, traditions, and innovations. Note: given in English.

2. Community Outreach /Internship

SPAN 3F80 — Im/migrant and Community Outreach Internship
SPAN 4F80 — Im/migrant and Community Outreach and Research Internship