One of the most important global languages historically, year on year, Spanish solidifies its place as a primary language of the United States, spoken by nearly 15% of its population and studied in the U.S. more than any other non-English language. Spoken by more than 500 million people worldwide, and the official language of 21 countries, Spanish provides a gateway to the histories, cultures, and societies of peoples on four continents.

Spanish Studies at all levels highlights the linguistic and cultural diversity presented by Spanish-speaking cultures and communities, as well as the particular Spanish language needs of MIT students. Classes use innovative pedagogical methods, including the most advanced interactive technologies to support students’ acquisition of the competencies necessary for communication in global Spanish-speaking communities around the world. Whereas subjects at the introductory level stress language acquisition and cultural breadth, at advanced levels students may apply their Spanish proficiency in classes examining Spanish, Latin American, and Latinx literatures, their cultures, histories, and film. Language for special purposes subjects, including 21G.705 Spanish for Medicine and Health, prepare students to use their skills after they leave MIT. Spanish classes further prepare students to participate in international experiences such as MIT-Spain, MIT-Mexico, and D-Lab.

Spanish Studies may be applied to the Spanish Concentration, minor, and major programs, and to the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Concentration, minor, and major programs. Learn more about the Spanish Concentration, minor, and major programs at the Academic Programs page. Information on the Latin American and Latino/a Studies programs is available through SHASS. Advisors for these programs are below. Students uncertain what level of Spanish language to take should refer to placement information. Information on transfer credit is available here.

Spanish Concentration: Liana Ewald
Spanish Minor/Major: Margery Resnick
Latin American and Latino/a Studies Concentration/Minor/Major: Eden Medina
Global Languages Spanish Studies group: Javier BarrosoMariana San Martín | Ana Yáñez Rodríguez | Liana Ewald | David Yague Gonzalez

Spring 2024

21G.701/751 Spanish I
21G.702/752 Spanish II
21G.703 Spanish III
21G.704 Spanish IV
21G.706 Spanish for Medicine and Health
21G.713 Spanish through Film: Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Spain
21G.714 Spanish for Heritage Learners
21G.736 The Short Form: Literature and New Media Cultures in the Hispanic World

21G.740 The New Spain: 1977 to Present
21H.173 Socialism in Latin America: From Che Guevara to Hugo Chavez
21H.273 From Coca to Cocaine: Drug Economies in Latin America

A note regarding the enrollment policy of Global Languages: Enrollment limited to 18 for pedagogical reasons. Preference will be given to pre-registered students, including pre-registered undergraduates who were cut from the same class the previous semester due to the enrollment cap. Please note that you have to attend the first day of class to maintain your preference level. In case of over-enrollment, preference will be given in the following order: declared majors, declared minors, declared concentrators, first-years, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students.