Student Projects, Research and Awards

In the Department of Spanish, Latina/o and Latin American Studies we understand the importance of student research for a complete liberal arts experience. The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has advocated for student research as one of the “high-impact practices” that can transform students’ lives since it can “involve students with actively contested questions, empirical observation, cutting-edge technologies, and the sense of excitement that comes from working to answer important questions” (High Impact).

The majors and minors in the department are encouraged to engage in research throughout their years at MHC by developing specific projects inside as well as outside the classrooms (through CBL or at internships), and by completing an independent research that, in may cases, culminates in a Honor Thesis.

The Department also offers award opportunities for students who show an extraordinary commitment to their majors, through their academic work and their collaboration.

Rita Kerbaj '14
Rita Kerbaj ’14: My Spanish minor gave me access to opportunities in emerging markets and the confidence to pursue them as a leader at a top startup.
Anushree Bhatia
Anushree Bhatia '18: My internship in Argentina gave me a direction, understanding of the Spanish language and Argentinian culture.
Emma Walters '15
Emma Walters '15: when I decided to pursue a Spanish minor - and then major - I had no idea it would change my professional and personal goals.
Mika Weissbuch, Podcasts for Peace
Mika Kie Weissbuch '11: while researching privatization in and around Managua’s municipal dump, we got the idea to start a children’s community center.
 Emily McGranachan  '12 at the Madres de Plaza de Mayo
Emily McGranachan '12: The Spanish department fostered my passion for social movements in Latin America in a way that only language acquisition can.
Amainaris "Amy" Sanchez '17
Amy Sanchez '17: Mentoring youth and working alongside parents and the community, I redefined what Latin American studies and Education meant to me.