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Bard College Catalogue 2013-14

Bard College Catalogue 2013-14

Spanish Studies


Melanie Nicholson (director), Nicole Caso, Diego Soto Hernando, Patricia López-Gay


The Spanish Studies Program offers a full range of courses in the language, literature, and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. By the time of Moderation, students are expected to have a solid grasp of the language as well as a familiarity with reading and writing about literary texts. Spanish Studies majors are encouraged to spend a semester abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.


Prior to Moderation, students should have completed three semesters of Spanish language at Bard, or the equivalent. Students should also have taken two literature courses, which may include Spanish 301 or 302, Introduction to Spanish Literature and Introduc­tion to Latin American Literature, respectively. After Moderation, majors should complete a minimum of three additional seminars in the program. They are also highly encouraged to take one or more courses in literature, taught in English, including literary theory. The Senior Project should be written under the direction of a Spanish Studies Program faculty member and should deal with a topic related to Spanish or Latin American literature.

Recent Senior Projects in Spanish Studies

  • “Chronicle of Dreams: A Translation of Lucrecia Maldonado’s Salvo el Calvario
  • “La otredad insuperable en los Poemas humanos: una exploración de la obra poètica póstuma de César Vallejo”
  • “Resistance and Identity through Literature: 
  • A Look at Two Perspectives from Cold War Central America”