In our Borders & Languages program, you’ll get an immersive language learning experience. Rather than focusing on grammar and vocabulary, your courses will focus on immigration law, Latinx literature, gender studies, and other topics relevant to today’s world. By centering Latin American culture and history, you’ll learn Spanish in the context of real lives and historic moments. Additionally, given the ways that people experience the overlap and intersections of culture in today’s world, most courses focus on the notion of borders—political, regional, cultural, interpersonal, and philosophical.
To think in English and plug in Spanish vocabulary might get you by on a short trip, but to be fluent in Spanish is to think in Spanish. Mid and upper-level Borders & Languages coursework mirrors the courses students take at university in a Spanish speaking country. You’ll study, in Spanish, philosophy, literature, politics, and social issues as they play out in Latinx societies.
Study abroad & internship
As immersive as the coursework is, you’ll still need to experience the daily routines of life in the culture to get the full effect. For many students who major in Borders & Languages, this means a semester studying abroad in a Spanish speaking country. For others, this could take place in a Spanish speaking community within the U.S. For example, you could get this experience taking on an internship working with asylum-seekers in Texas. Additionally, many students arrange internships with organizations in and around Durango that serve our local Latinx population.
Some students are clear in their goal of becoming bilingual. For them, a Borders & Languages major is a straightforward decision. Other students are clear that a Borders & Languages minor offers their major support and specialization in the career path they imagine. Still others, begin as a minor, and find themselves switching to a major in Borders & Languages. What path will you take?