The Spanish program at New College will impress you both with its flexibility and with the level of individualized attention you receive from our expert faculty. Both are key reasons that graduates in Spanish at New College go on to attend some of the nation's top master's level and Ph.D. programs and to pursue successful careers in a wide variety of fields.
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.
Within the Spanish program, we offer two separate tracks so that you can choose the avenue that best matches your personal interests and goals. Students with a strong interest in literary studies will want to pursue our Spanish Language and Literature track, while those who prefer a more cross-disciplinary approach will want to choose our Spanish Language and Culture track. Both feature similar language and culture/literature courses at the core. The real difference is in possibility to work with your Spanish faculty to design tutorials, independent projects and study abroad that respond to your intellectual interests. Of course, some students prefer simply to include Spanish as a key component in their overall plan of study, which is yet another option.
But what graduates tell us really separates our Spanish program from other colleges is the quality of our faculty. Not only are they experts in their fields, but they are also highly experienced teachers. They really get to know their students and to understand them as individuals both inside and outside the classroom. This highly personalized approach means that our faculty can assist you with questions about graduate school and career options, as well as identify study abroad and research opportunities that might be of interest to you. They are also able to write the sort of detailed letters of recommendation that graduate school programs and employers seek whenevaluating applicants.
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.
Whether taken as a single or as a joint area of concentration (AOC), or simply to augment study in another discipline, the Spanish program at New College offers courses at all levels of Spanish language, as well as courses and tutorials on the literature and culture of Latin America and Spain. Literature courses are offered both in Spanish and in English translation.
Within the program itself, two tracks are available. The track in Spanish Language and Literature is designed for students who are interested in strong work in literary studies, while the track in Spanish Language and Culture is for students who are interested in pursuing cross-disciplinary approaches. Regardless of your choice, supporting course work in other relevant disciplines in the humanities and social sciences is expected. Both tracks share the core course offerings from our language sequence and advanced Spanish courses. The main difference is in the design of tutorials and independent reading projects, in the planning for study-abroad, and in the focus of your senior thesis project.
When choosing Spanish as a single AOC, your coursework will comprise the following: ten academic activities (courses, tutorials, independent reading projects); one Independent Study Project approved by faculty within the program; and a thesis with a focus on relevant aspects of the literature or culture of the Hispanic world. No less than eight of the academic activities must be taken in Spanish. One semester of study abroad approved by the Spanish faculty is normally expected as well.
When choosing Spanish as a joint AOC (e.g., Spanish/Anthropology or Spanish/Economics), you will be required to complete eight academic activities approved by the faculty of the Spanish program, with no less than five of these to be completed in Spanish. In the case of the joint AOC, the focus of the thesis is open, but it is expected that a significant portion of your research will be conducted in Spanish.
The Language Sequence
Elementary Spanish II
Spanish Conversation and Composition
Sample of Advanced Spanish Courses
Gendered Spanish American Literary Canon
Caribbean Prose Literature
Spanish as the Fabric of Verse
Latin American Essays
Storytellers/Los que cuentan historias
Sample of Courses in Translation
An Introduction to Colonial Texts: Spanish America (In English)
Narrative and Social Dramas (in English)
The Need for Fictions: The Narratives of Gabriel García Márquez and Juan Rulfo (In English)
The Representation of the Indian and the Indian World (In English)
Representations of Power in Modern Latin American Novels (In English)
New College is proud of our many graduates in Spanish. Here’s a sampling of what some of them are up to today:
• Michelle Brown, who earned her Ph.D. in 2012 from Stanford in curriculum and teacher education, is assistant professor of English and English education coordinator at Southeastern Louisiana University.
• Nicholas Eversole is assistant vice chancellor in the Human Health Sciences department at University of California, Davis.
• Heather Normandale is a musician and manager of Vak Choir. She has worked extensively with youth, teaching, event planning, music writing, performing, arranging and creating sustainable music touring with bicycles, creating bike-powered energy for music and art events, and organizing cross cultural artistic collaborations.
• Eric Walzer is finance director in charge of matching gifts for Avaya, Inc.
• Alba Aragón received her M.A. in Romance languages and literature from Harvard.
• Arianna Bailey is a Spanish teacher at the K-12 level.
• Erin Blasco received her M.A. from George Washington University and is an education specialist at the National Museum of American History.
• Liza Wisman is currently pursuing a degree in nursing so that she can use her Spanish language skills as a bilingual midwife.
• Alice Abernathy graduated in biochemistry from New College but used the Spanish language skills she developed at the College to earn a Fulbright Scholarship to Spain. She is currently enrolled in medical school at the University of Florida.
• Megan Robinson received a master’s degree in library and information studies from Florida State University. She is currently a librarian in charge of youth services for the Manatee County Public Library System and acts as a liaison between the library staff and the Manatee County.
• Juliana Nalerio is currently finishing her master’s degree with a thesis on Junot Díaz at a public university in Castile-Leon, Spain, and eventually plans to pursue a Ph.D. literature.
Sample of Graduate Schools Attended by NCF Students in Spanish
• Boston University
Each academic experience builds toward your senior thesis project. It’s required for graduation, and our students tell us that while it’s demanding, it’s also one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. Here are some theses projects sponsored by the Spanish faculty:
“Hate in the Time of Cholera: How the 2010 Cholera Outbreak in Haiti Threatened La Raza Dominicana” by Liza Pence Wisman
“A Translation of Juan Carlos Onetti’s La Muerte y La Niña” by Antonella Pagani
“Public Lies and Private Truths: Images of Dictatorial Power in La Fiesta del Chivo by Mario Vargas Llosa and El Otoño del Patriarca by Gabriel García Márquez” by Sarah Thompson
“Maintaining Inequality: A Comparative Study of Educational Stratification in Argentina and the United States” by Maia De la Calle
“El Canto: La Voz del Pueblo Como el Arma de la Reivindicación en el Misticismo Telúrico de Canto General by Palo Neruda” by Sylvia Beato
“El Desarrollo de la Novela, Indigenista Ecuatoriana, 1879-1979: De Anticipación a Posmodernidad” by Emily Ewing
“Las imágenes del dictador en la Novela Latinoamericana: El recurso del método de Alejo Carpentier y El Otoño del Patriarca de Gabriel García Márquez” by Julia McReynolds
“No Room in Our Imaginations? Small Towns, Social Crises and Spaces of Possibility in Short Stories by Arguedas and Garcia Marquez” by Erin Blasco
“La Perspectiva de Otra Ribdera: The Grotesque Aethetic in Francisco de Goyas Los Capricnos and Ramon Maria de Valle-Incians Esperpento” by Zoe Mirziai
“Turn of the Century Dialogues: An Exercise in Cross-Cultural Play Production” by Arianna Bailey
“Music in Literature: A Study of Three Pieces by Latin American Authors” by Maymi Hayakawa
“Revolution in Space and Time: The Work of Four Nicaraguan Women Poets, 1969-1989” by Alba Aragón
“A New Actitud: La Lengua y la Identidad Latina en la Cultura Estadounidense Desde los Anos Ochenta” by Sara Turk
The Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College is home to a broad assortment of books, scholarly journals, national and international databases, and other print and electronic media related to the study of Spanish and is available to students throughout the year. The library’s Language Resource Center is designed to provide resources and support to language students and faculty. Audio-visual and print resources, language software and games are available. It’s also a social space where students can work individually or in groups as well as relax or interact with each other.
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Each year, the New College co-hosts the International Career Development Seminar with Young Professionals for International Cooperation (UNA-USA) Sarasota Chapter. The event has brought in guest speakers from the UN, World Bank, Peace Corps and U.S. Foreign Service along with international organizations in the public and private sector in business, public health and advocacy. Through panel discussions, breakout Q&A sessions and networking with the presenters, students learn about a range of career possibilities around the globe.
Study abroad is highly recommended. Language courses taken abroad may be counted toward your requirements if they lead to at least as much progress as would be expected in a semester at New College. Many students study abroad as part of an Independent Study Project, a tutorial or as they research their senior thesis. Working with a professor, you can create an Independent Study Project or tutorial for travel during the academic year. You can also participate in the National Student Exchange (NSE).