Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies


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

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.  Our courses in Literature and Culture encourage students to explore a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches.  Throughout their study at Western, students engage in research orientated learning, beginning with an introductory Transatlantic Studies Seminar, where they interact and develop projects alongside internationally recognized scholars and guest speakers. 

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.

Hispanic Studies works collaboratively with other programs on campus. Students have the opportunity to participate in one of the following collaborative 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.  The Program in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction takes as its fundamental premise that issues of conflict and subjugation are profound.  Understanding the transformation of these situations is critical.  The Centre seeks to explore aspects of transition relating to development, democracy, the environment, the economy, human rights, politics, peace agreements and justice before, at the time of, and post-transition. The Program in Environment and Sustainability fosters interdisciplinary teaching and learning that advances the understanding of complex environmental and societal interactions.

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.



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