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

Fall 2024

21G.700 Introductory Spanish for Heritage Learners
21G.701/751 Spanish I
21G.702/752 Spanish II
21G.703 Spanish III
21G.704 Spanish IV
21G.707 Graphic Stories: Spanish and Latin American Comics
21G.710 Advanced Communication in Spanish: Topics in Language and Culture
21G.715 Topics in Medicine and Public Health in the Hispanic World
21G.735 Advanced Topics in Hispanic Literature and Film
21G.739 Globalization and Its Discontents: Spanish-speaking Nations
21G.084/784 Introduction to Latin American Studies

21G.710 Advanced Communication in Spanish: Topics in Language and Culture: Social Justice in The Spanish Speaking World

Embark on an enlightening journey through the landscapes of social justice in the Spanish-speaking world. Delve into a comprehensive exploration of justice in the Americas, offering illuminating examples of the transformative impact of efforts towards equity and fairness. Through a diverse array of mediums including literature, film, podcasts, and digital media, we will dissect themes such as racial identity, migration, environmental stewardship, and LGBTQ+ rights across Spanish-speaking nations, celebrating the triumphs of these movements throughout the Americas.
Designed to elevate your mastery of written Spanish expression, students will examine grammatical nuances while honing both oral and written proficiencies. Through engaging in textual analysis encompassing description, narration, exposition, and argumentation, as well as fostering interpersonal and digital communication, students will partake in a series of diverse writing assignments and projects, facilitating a measurable enhancement
of their writing.


21G.735 Advanced Topics in Hispanic Literature and Film: Apocalyptic Fictions in/and Latin America

How do you recognize the end of the world when you see it? Why are apocalyptic narratives so compelling? What are some of the ways in which apocalyptic thinking might be politically productive? In other words, can one “stop worrying and start loving” it? This class will explore the narrative structure and social functions of apocalyptic thought, with an emphasis on philosophy, literature, film, and popular culture from and about Latin America. Topics of discussion include the encounter of medieval apocalyptic thought with the new continent, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the nuclear threat during the Cold War, femicide and structural violence, and the Latin American responses to, and experiences of extractivism in the context of the present climate emergency. Taught in Spanish.

IAP 2025

21G.701/751 Spanish I