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Bard College Catalogue 2016-17

Bard College Catalogue 2016-17

Spanish Studies


Melanie Nicholson (director), Nicole Caso, Mar Gómez Glez, Patricia López-Gay


The Spanish Studies Program offers a full range of courses in the language, literature, and culture of the Spanish-speaking world, including Spain, Spanish America, and the Latino/a community of the United States. 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. After Moderation, students concentrate on particular aspects of Hispanic culture by taking specialized seminars that focus on certain geographic regions, time periods, or cultural manifestations. Spanish Studies majors are strongly encouraged to spend a semester abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. Faculty members help with choosing appropriate programs and locations and provide guidance through the applications process.


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 or Introduction 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 address a topic related to Spanish or Latin American literature, or possibly a topic in dialogue with other forms of cultural expression 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 .

Recent Senior Projects in Spanish Studies

  • Al verte las flores lloran: An Exploration of the Poetry in Flamenco”
  • “A Translation and Analysis of Gómez Glez’s Fuga Mundi, 1609”
  • “Women, Words, Windows: A Translation of Emilio Carballido’s Rosalba y los Llaveros