Spanish Language, Literature & Culture

The study of languages, both classical and modern, is at the core of a quality liberal arts education, devoted as it is to dealing with problems concerning communication and understanding. Through the study of languages, we open the way toward other peoples, societies and cultures and involve ourselves in an intense self-reflexive experience. Through these channels we gain insight into our own language and culture and come to see ourselves as individuals who are learning how to learn.

While it has always been understood that knowledge of a second language enhances your educational capital, such knowledge has become almost a necessity today, not only in many areas of professional practice but also as a key component of social interaction and cultural performance.

The case of Spanish is of particular importance and interest. Knowledge of Spanish opens up the path to the vast cultural and economic spaces of Latin America and Spain, and it connects you to highly dynamic and important aspects of the modern culture and economy of the United States. The U.S. has the fifth largest population of native speakers of Spanish in the world, and if we were to include speakers of Spanish as a second language, it is estimated that the U.S. has the second largest population of speakers in the world.

As might be expected given the broad and diverse nature of the field, students completing work in Spanish at New College (whether as a stand alone AOC, a joint area of concentration, or simply as a strong component of their overall program of study) have followed a variety of career paths depending on their vocational choices and professional aspirations. Many choose graduate school, either in the U.S. or abroad, and pursue advanced degrees in all areas of the Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences. Others pursue careers in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

Brilliantly [U]nique. [U]niquely Brilliant.

As part of the State University System of Florida, New College of Florida is one of the few public liberal arts and sciences honors colleges in the United States. We’re known for our record number of Fulbright Scholars (more per capita than Harvard, Stanford or Yale) and for the high rate of our students going on to graduate school. We offer an individualized, thought-provoking and challenging academic experience. What does that mean? Hands-on research conducted side by side with your professors. Small, intimate classes. Detailed narrative evaluations from your professors. Independent study required to graduate. All in a stunning location right on the water in Sarasota, Florida.

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Many New College graduates apply and are accepted into English language teaching programs run by the ministries of Spain, France and Japan. In fact, 25 graduating seniors since 2000 have taught and traveled abroad under these prestigious government grants.

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