Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies


The Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies at Western is unique. We offer variety, innovation, and opportunity.

Our specialties are Digital Humanities, Experimental Approaches to Languages in Contact, and Interartistic and Interdisciplinary Approaches (film, literature, history, music, and visual arts).

We offer two areas of concentration at the Masters and Ph.D. levels: 1) Hispanic Literature and Culture and 2) Hispanic Linguistics.

In Literature and Culture our strengths are Digital Humanities, Transatlantic Studies, and the intersection of Hispanic literature with Film, History, Music, and Visual Arts. Through our Transatlantic Studies Seminar, students interact and develop projects alongside internationally recognized scholars and guest speakers.  We work closely and collaboratively with other programs.   The Program in Migration and Ethnic Relations allows students to study Hispanic language, literature, and culture alongside questions of cultural diversity, conflict, and acculturation.

In Linguistics our focus is on an experimental approach to language acquisition, language loss, heritage speakers, and language change due to contact.  The inter-faculty approach to this program allows students to see how languages interact.  Students learn the different aspects of Linguistics, including Phonetics and Phonology (sounds and articulation), Syntax (order and structure), and Morphology (form and function).  The Linguistics Talks @Western series allows students the opportunity to hear from Linguists from around the world.

Among other opportunities offered in our programs students may be able to participate in the ground breaking research that takes place in the CulturePlex, the digital humanities lab which is unique in Canada.

Highlights of Hispanic Studies at Western:

-Students have the choice between concentrations in Literature and Culture or Linguistics
-Students may opt for a specialization in Migration and Ethnic Relations
-The Transatlantic Studies Seminar
-Linguistic Talks @Western Series
-The opportunity to teach and to learn about teaching.  Students receive pedagogical training in the department and through the Teaching Support Centre.
-Instead of traditional comprehensive examinations, Ph.D. students work with a supervisor to design, develop, and defend two courses, one of which they may be eligible to teach for the department.