Why Hispanic Studies?
With more than 300 millions native speakers of Spanish around the World, covering more than 18 countries, a B.A. in Hispanic Studies opens many doors towards successful paths not only in Graduate School but also in a highly competitive job market. In general, the students who complete a B.A. in Hispanic Studies (Major/Honours) pursue a second major in departments such as Art History, Psychology, History, International Development Studies, Quebec Studies, and Political Sciences. After graduation, many of them continue their studies in graduate school in Spanish or Latin American Studies, or related disciplines such as History, Comparative Literature, or Anthropology, where the knowledge of Spanish language, literature, and culture is a highly valuable skill. In this respect, it is worth mentioning that the Hispanic Studies Honours program is extremely competitive and chances to obtain financial support from Spanish and Portuguese departments in top ranked universities to continue their graduate education are high for its graduates. As Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world, our graduates also succeed in other career paths, such as publishing, NGOs, translation, and teaching. Others combine their work with professional training that allow them to go into careers such as law or medicine.
M.A. program in Hispanic Studies at McGill University allow students to follow the career paths already present at the undergraduate level plus teach Spanish in Quebec at the CEGEP level. Students with an M.A. can also teach Spanish in other provinces of Canada and in the United States, but since administrative and educational policy change from one province/state to another, they are strongly encouraged to take into account the specifics of each region before pursuing the M.A. An M.A. in Hispanic Studies from McGill University is also very competitive when it comes to apply to Ph.D. programs in top ranked universities and obtain financial help in the form of fellowships and teaching/research assistantships.
A Ph.D. degree in Hispanic Studies allow students to follow career paths similar to those already detailed for B.A. and M.A. students plues it offers students the opportunity to teach language and literature at the university level. Ph.D. students in Hispanic Studies have found work in universities and colleges such as Concordia University, University of British Columbia, University of Western Ontario, and others.