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Hispanic and Italian Studies

In this program you’ll immerse yourself in the languages and cultures of:

  • Spain
  • Latin America
  • Italy

Potential careers

What can you do with a Hispanic and Italian studies degree? Here are a few jobs that relate to the program:

  • cultural programs coordinator
  • museum coordinator
  • curator
  • international project coordinator
  • immigration officer
  • intelligence officer
  • trade officer
  • social media manager
  • program manager
  • policy analyst
  • human resources coordinator     
  • tour leader
  • territorial sales
  • marketing
  • teacher or instructor
  • entrepreneur

Some of these roles may require post-graduate studies or training. 

Find a career that fits you

Experience & connections

Opportunities in the Hispanic and Italian studies program

  • With the Co-op Program you can alternate study with paid work. 

Opportunities outside your program

  • With a work study position you can develop skills during your study term.
  • Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community while you build skills.

Networks you can connect to

Here are a few professional associations related to Hispanic and Italian studies:

Hands-on learning opportunities

These courses in the Hispanic and Italian studies program offer extensive hands-on learning.

Co-op

Co-op work terms
Alternate academic study with paid work terms to gain workplace experience

Course-based

SPAN 304 - Indigenous Latin America, Social Justice, Environment (in English)
Learn about social and environmental issues Indigenous people face in countries such as Bolivia, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru

Creative or design project

ITAL 250B - Review of Grammar and Conversation II
Develop language skills by creating a video of an original scene or story

Field experience

SPAN 490B - English-Spanish Translation
Translate and subtitle movies or documentaries for non-profit organizations

Research project

SPAN 499 - Honours Graduating Essay
Research, write and orally defend a graduating honours essay

Study abroad

(international experience)

Ecuador

SPAN 185 - Hispanic Culture Through Film (in English)
SPAN 250A - Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 250B - Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 350A - Upper Intermediate Spanish I
Combine in-class learning with cultural immersion (3 months)

Spain

SPAN 280 Spanish Immersion
SPAN 350A Upper Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 350B Upper Intermediate Spanish II
Combine in-class learning with cultural immersion (10 weeks)

SPAN 204 - Experiential Learning
Present a project based on the experience of living internationally

Italy

ITAL 204 - Experiential Learning
Present a project based on the experience of living internationally

Italy (Campus L’Infinito, Recanati)
Experience Italian culture while studying abroad (4 weeks)

Work experience

Work experience work terms
Take part in a modified co-op program requiring one or two work experiences

These courses are not always offered as described.

What you'll learn

Every student at UVic builds skills all employers look for. At UVic Co-op & Career we call these  "competencies". This is what you’ll learn in the Hispanic and Italian studies program.

Spanish language

  • read and write in Spanish
  • speak in Spanish
  • use appropriate Spanish grammar, syntax, pronunciation and vocabulary
  • prepare and deliver presentations in Spanish
  • translate from Spanish to English and from English to Spanish
  • understand the diversity and global dispersion of contemporary varieties of Spanish

Italian language

  • read and write in Italian
  • speak in Italian
  • use appropriate Italian grammar, syntax, pronunciation and vocabulary
  • prepare and deliver presentations in Italian
  • translate from Italian to English and from English into Italian

Literature in Spanish

  • be familiar with literature in Spanish from the medieval period to the present
  • understand the literary traditions in Spain and Spanish America
  • understand the literary canon
  • understand literary history and literary movements
  • understand literary genres and styles

Literature in Italian

  • critically read works of literature and describe how literary texts generate meaning
  • understand major issues in literary criticism
  • read literature in relation to literary theory
  • use close reading skills and literary terminology, including metre, figurative language, speaker, persona, tone and voice
  • identify the critical questions to be asked of a body of material

Historical, social and cultural perspective

  • identify the historical, social and cultural context in which a text is produced
  • understand how historical, cultural and social contexts impact literary texts
  • explore historical, social and cultural perspectives with intellectual curiosity
  • consider nationalism, imperialism, militarism and politics in the context of literature
  • consider religion, ethnicity, race, gender and class in the context of literature

What's next?

To explore more visit the Hispanic and Italian studies site. For degree planning contact your adviser for help.

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