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Department of Hispanic Studies

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The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - Hispanic Studies offers courses in the literature, intellectual history and civilization of Spain and Latin America, as well as in the Spanish language. The Department and its programs are committed to expanding the liberal arts background of students by helping to develop the skills of communication and critical reasoning, and by providing insight into the culture of other regional, linguistic and national groups. Enrichment in these areas reduces provincialism and broadens intellectual horizons, regardless of the professional interests or fields of specialization that may guide students in other facets of their university education.


Please note that there is no waitlist for HISP-210 and HISP-220; they are only available for HISP 218 and HISP 219. If the classes are full, advisors in Hispanic Studies will not be able to help you get into the course. You should continue checking Minerva to see whether a spot becomes available. If that is not the case and you need the course as part of your degree requirements, you should discuss your academic situation with the advisor of your program of study. He/she will help you find a solution. Advisors in Hispanic Studies have no authority over the degree requirements of the programs of study of other departments.


Placement Tests will be administered during the first week of class in the language class the student is registered in. If you miss the placement test, you will not be able to remain in the course.

Students with no prior or little knowledge of Spanish should register in Spanish Beginners [HISP-210 or HISP-218]. Students with prior knowledge of Spanish at the intermediate level should register in Spanish Intermediate [HISP-220 or HISP-219]. Should you be unsure as to your level, please contact the Language Program Director at lucia [dot] chamanadjian [at] mcgill [dot] ca

According to the results of the placement test, instructors might recommend a change in level. We do not guarantee, however, that places will be available in the suggested course/level.