The Department of Spanish Studies, under the aegis of School of Languages of Doon University started its academic offering since 2010. The Department primarily offers a five year Integrated Master of Arts programme in Spanish to those who have successfully completed senior secondary examination. Students have an option to seek an exit with a BA Hons. degree after successful completion of three years of learning Spanish. It also offers a lateral entry to the candidates who have a fair knowledge of Spanish language, literature, history and culture through the University’s entrance test to pursue MA in Spanish for two years. In addition to this, one year Certificate Course in Spanish is also offered to the professionals to meet their job requirements and to the general public to learn Spanish by choice.
Spanish, the language of Spain and Latin America, is one of the world’s most spoken languages and also one of the world’s most widespread languages. It is the official language of more than 20 countries around the world with its presence in five continents. It is also the second language of the USA. Spanish is also a language with a very rich Literature and Culture. The Department of Spanish Studies provides to its students a very broad perspective and understanding of the world we inhabit as Spain and Latin America that has played a very crucial role in shaping the world. The Encounter between Europe and the American Continent that happened under Spanish patronage in 1492 transformed the world. It started the process of Colonization of the world by Europeans which of course had many devastating effects but that was also the beginning of a more interconnected world which has today reached its peak with Globalization. Spanish is a language that has moved across continents and through its long history has been enriched. It is one of the official languages of the United Nations. Learning Spanish, therefore, offers a very wide range of opportunities in a very diverse context around the world.