Department of Spanish
The Department engages in a lively and communicative approach with a language, spoken by over 500 million people, and the cultures and histories of 21 countries. Well aware that Spanish is a world language, the programme provides a formal structure with small- group teaching where each module builds on preceding semesters, also offering at Honours Level the opportunity to share the activities and interests of its nine research-active members of staff.
The Spanish Department is ranked third in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2015. In the recent UK-wide assessment of university research over 70% of the work in Modern Languages at St Andrews was rated world-leading and internationally excellent. We were also ranked first in Scotland on the quality of our publications. The department was rated first in Scotland in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008 and continues to thrive and publish new research. Specific interests range from socio-linguistics, Golden Age literature, modern and contemporary Spanish as well as Spanish American literature, film studies and history.
The primary objective of all our courses is knowledge and use of the language. Spanish is studied in many contexts, including journalism, history, commerce and entertainment, in addition to the rich and interesting forms it takes in literature and cinema. Our programme aims to explore the great continuities and shifts within Spanish and Spanish American culture, from its early beginnings to the Spain and Latin America of today.
Postgraduates, after an initiation in research methodology, can engage in areas as varied as Golden Age literature and sociolinguistics, 18th-century Spanish drama, autobiographical, postcolonial and gender studies, 19th-century Mexican history and politics, the Argentinian cultural avant-garde, River Plate literature, the culture and history of the Spanish exile of 1939, 20th and 21st century Spanish film and literature, contemporary Spanish poetry, etc. There is also the possibility of engaging in European issues and Comparative literature.
Please note that the modules offered by the Department of Spanish are not designed for native speakers.