Spanish is now truly a world language for the twenty-first century. Spanish is spoken as a first language by some 332 million people across the globe. And it has now become the de facto second language of the United States. The range of opportunities available to Spanish speakers for travel, education and business is growing all the time. Meanwhile, the cultural wealth of the Spanish-speaking world, with all its vibrancy and diversity, is increasingly acknowledged for the unique and fascinating contribution it has made to our civilization.
The Department of Hispanic Studies at Royal Holloway offers a wide range of degree programmes giving students maximum choice within the London University degree structure. These include Spanish as a Single Subject, as a Major or Minor Subject, as a Joint Degree, Spanish in European Studies and in Multilingual Studies, Spanish and European Literature and Culture, and Spanish with Film Studies.
Our courses cover an array of topics relating to the Hispanic world, including language and translation, literature, film, historiography, visual arts, and popular culture. We also offer excellent opportunities for study abroad, with an increasing number of links to foreign Universities in Spain or Latin America. Last but not least, we benefit from state-of-the art, purpose-built facilities, located in the award-winning International Building at the heart of the Egham campus.
As far as studying Spanish at Royal Holloway is concerned, you will find that we are strongly committed to excellence in both research and teaching. We believe the two are inextricably linked. As specialists in our fields actively engaged in world-leading research, we are able to bring to our teaching the latest and most exciting ideas, while as teachers we value and encourage active student participation in the learning process.
In language learning, for example, we are developing computer-assisted language learning materials and have pioneered a series of complex language simulations designed to reflect real-life situations. These multi-functional extended role-plays not only teach a wide range of applied language skills, but always prove a great favourite with our students. Out of this project has come a university-level book, ¡Te toca! A New Course in Communicative Spanish. Our approach to the study of the culture of the Hispanic world combines what is an essentially seminar-based, participative approach, in which students are asked to consider and prepare certain topics in advance, with elements of the more traditional university lecture. Spanish is small enough to permit the kind of friendly atmosphere which we as staff value so highly and which we regard as essential in order for you to derive the maximum benefit and enjoyment from your time with us.