• <a href="/live/image/gid/493/width/650/86486_Hispanic_Studies_main_image.jpg" class="lw_preview_image lw_disable_preview" tabindex="-1"><picture class="lw_image lw_image86486"><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/493/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86486_Hispanic_Studies_main_image.rev.1607647309.webp 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(max-width: 500px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/493/width/500/height/479/crop/1/86486_Hispanic_Studies_main_image.rev.1607647309.jpg 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/493/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86486_Hispanic_Studies_main_image.rev.1607647309.webp 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source media="(min-width: 501px)" type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/493/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86486_Hispanic_Studies_main_image.rev.1607647309.jpg 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/493/width/720/height/690/crop/1/86486_Hispanic_Studies_main_image.rev.1607647309.jpg" alt="The knowledge of Spanish and Hispanic culture is essential to living and working not only internationally, but in the U.S. as well." data-max-w="835" data-max-h="800" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a> <div class="hero-split_image_caption collapsable-caption">The knowledge of Spanish and Hispanic culture is essential to living and working not only internationally, but in the U.S. as well.</div>

Why Choose a Degree in Hispanic Studies?

Spanish is the primary language for around 34 million people in the United States alone. Combine this fact with our proximity to and shared interests with Spanish-speaking Latin America and it’s easy to see why you need a knowledge of Spanish and Hispanic culture to thrive in the modern world. By earning a degree in Hispanic studies, you will also become immersed in one of the oldest and richest of the Romance languages and in a culture with roots deep in antiquity.

What You’ll Study

We offer a major and minor in Hispanic studies through the Department of World Languages and Literatures. Our interdisciplinary program offers classes on language, culture, film, and literature on topics like science fiction, theatre, music, poetry, and social activism. Coursework includes speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Spanish, as well as the study of a broad spectrum of cultural analysis, from pre-Columbian Mesoamerican to contemporary Latinx culture in the U.S.

Many of our students earn course credit on overseas programs. In addition to general cultural programs that are open to all students, there are nine programs with a Spanish language focus:

Outside the classroom, the Keck Interactive Learning Center is a language center and community area that is packed with linguistic and cultural resources. The Global Languages and Cultures Living-Learning Community is a unique on-campus housing option with an immersive language-based focus. Our language assistant is a visiting Fulbright scholar who teaches conversation courses and offers tutoring support.


Complement Your Education With One of These Minors

The most popular minors for our Hispanic studies majors are economics, ethnic studies, and Latin American and Latino studies.

What Students Are Saying About Lewis & Clark

  • Jenn Sosa Ramírez BA '23

    I love how interdisciplinary my Hispanic studies major is because I’ve gotten to take courses from different departments like history and music, and I got to study abroad in Spain!

    Jenn Sosa Ramírez BA ’23
    Hispanic Studies | Mathematics | Richmond, California
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  • Carolina Ruíz BA '21

    I knew once I stepped foot on campus I wanted to get involved, make an impact, and do something good for this school!

    Carolina Ruíz BA ’22
    Hispanic Studies | Grants Pass, Oregon
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  • Azucena Morales Santos BA '24

    My favorite spot to study on campus is the third floor of Miller because I can see my Hispanic studies professors and soak up the sunlight that hits from the window.

    Azucena Morales Santos BA ’24
    Hispanic Studies, Sociology and Anthropology (double) | Hillsboro Oregon, but my roots are from Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
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What Can You Do With a Degree in Spanish?

Our alumni use their BA in Hispanic studies in a variety of endeavors. In addition to receiving Fulbright and other grants to teach English or do research in Spanish-speaking countries, our students pursue careers in teaching, law, academia, public health, cultural exchange, media, and other fields.

Dedicated Faculty

Our expert professors are your expert mentors. You will learn directly from faculty (no graduate assistants here!) that are nationally recognized in their fields of study and who love to work with and learn from their students. Your professors will inspire you to be a thoughtful and passionate participant in a diverse world. Your small classes will support you as you explore new ideas, find your voice, and speak your truth.

Meet the Professors

  • 1 of 7 

    L&C is one of seven Oregon schools to make the national Colleges of Distinction list in 2023–24.

  • 10% 

    of our undergraduate students are from outside the U.S.

  • 15% 

    first-generation students at Lewis & Clark College

  • Top 

    Lewis & Clark earned a spot on Princeton Review’s 2024 “Best Colleges” list.

  • 12:1 

    Lewis & Clark College has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1.

Invest in Yourself

A private liberal arts education is often more affordable than you think. Last year, Lewis & Clark distributed over $74 million in assistance from institutional, federal, state, and private sources. Additionally, we’re so confident that our first-year students will graduate with their bachelor of arts degree in four years that if you don’t, we’ll cover the extra semester of tuition.

Find Your People

The student-led Spanish Club organizes activities like salsa lessons, movie nights, and attending local performances and events in Spanish. One of the oldest journals at L&C, Polyglot gives the opportunity to students of all levels to publish their work in Spanish.

Where Lewis & Clark Will Take You

  • Noah looking at the camera, wearing a brown leather jacket.

    My work with the Fulbright program required me to draw on a variety of skill sets I developed while I was a student. No single major or department would have taught me all of the skills I ended up using, which is why L&C’s interdisciplinary, liberal arts approach is so valuable.

    Noah Foster-Koth BA ’19
    English, Hispanic Studies | Seattle, Washington
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  • Emma Contreras BA '19

    I’ve been working as a paralegal since my last semester at Lewis & Clark. My first job was working at a small immigration law firm in downtown Portland. I’ve since shifted to civil litigation and currently work at a medical malpractice defense firm.

    Emma Contreras BA ’19
    International Affairs and Hispanic Studies
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  • Lizzie Gregory BA '22

    I’ve been working and preparing for another trip abroad, taking the LSAT, and catching up on trips with friends and family. I plan to teach English in Spain for a few months while working on applying to law school for the 2024 school year.

    Lizzie Gregory BA ’22
    Hispanic Studies | Telluride, Colorado
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