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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Spanish in the US


This course examines Spanish in the United States from a sociolinguistic perspective, including linguistic, historic, demographic, social, educational and political issues. We will explore the formal linguistic structures of Spanish in the U.S. and everyday social lives of Spanish speakers. Topics will include: regional differences, bilingualism, codeswitching, language ideologies, Spanish as a heritage language, Spanish in politics and the media (e.g. TV, movies, music), Spanish in various social institutions (e.g. medical or labor contexts), bilingual education, and language and identity. Special focus will be given to Spanish in Massachusetts and the Northeast region of the US. When possible, students will be engaged with opportunities to apply their learnings in a community-engaged way. Readings will be in Spanish, while class lectures will be in English. (Gen. Ed. SB, DU)
Course Details

Summer 2023


Univ+ Class with Moodle
Jul 17, 2023 - Aug 25, 2023
Irina Watson
Base Cost: $2,100 ($525/credit)
Term Fee: $60
Start date: Jul 17, 2023
End date: Aug 25, 2023
Last day to add: Jul 21, 2023
Last day to drop: Jul 21, 2023
Last day to withdraw: Aug 09, 2023