This course offers both flexibility and variety. You'll develop advanced skills in an internationally important language, and gain a deep understanding of contemporary Hispanic culture. Your history modules will also give you a global perspective on the past.
History at Kent is one of the leading departments in the country, recognised for its research excellence, flexible programmes and quality teaching. You are taught by internationally recognised experts, who are passionate about their subject. You can tailor your modules to your own interests, and use your expanding knowledge of Hispanic culture and language to focus on European history or that of colonialism.
Studying Hispanic Studies and History enables you to become proficient in a major international language; outside Spain, Spanish is the official language of all countries in South and Central America except Brazil, and is widely spoken in many parts of North America. The programme gives you the opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of Spain and Spanish America, and allows you to complement your language learning with a broad understanding of history. You'll explore a broad range of topics and develop your analytical skills.
The University of Kent is an ideal location to study Hispanic Studies. Canterbury is the closest British university city to mainland Europe, and our proximity to airports, the Channel ports and Eurostar terminals at Ashford and Ebbsfleet means you can be in mainland Europe in just a couple of hours. There is a large community of Spanish-speaking students on campus and many of our staff are native speakers.
You are required to spend a year working or studying abroad between your second and final year of study. In previous years, students have studied at our partner institutions in a country appropriate to their programme of study. You’ll develop your language skills, grow in self-confidence, gain a new academic perspective, and enhance your employability.
Hispanic Studies and History is ideal for those wanting to develop advanced analytical and linguistic skills and gain a broad and detailed understanding of our world while studying in an international and historically-rich city.
Dr Mark Lawrence and Dr William Rowlandson discuss why Hispanic Studies and History complement each other.Hispanic Studies
The teaching of all Spanish language modules combines small group seminars, conversation classes run by a native speaker, short lectures in Spanish, work in a language laboratory and work on computer-assisted language learning materials. The culture and literature modules normally involve a combination of lectures and seminars each week.
Stage 1 is assessed by 100% coursework (essays, class participation) in some modules, and a 50:50 combination of coursework and examination in others. Stage 2/3: depending on the modules you select, assessment varies from 100% coursework (extended essays), to a combination of examination and coursework, in the ratio 60:40 or 80:20.
Teaching is by a combination of lectures, providing a broad overview, and seminars, which focus on discussing particular issues and are led by student presentations. Lectures and seminars use a variety of materials, including original documents, films and documentaries, illuminated manuscripts, slide and PowerPoint demonstrations.
The School of History uses a mixture of assessment patterns. The standard formats are 100% coursework or 60% examination and 40% coursework.
The School also has excellent student support arrangements. Alongside our Student Support Officer, each student is assigned an academic tutor. All module convenors keep regular office hours, and the School has a policy of returning at least one essay on each module in a one-to-one personal meeting allowing for additional verbal feedback and discussion.
Knowledge and understanding
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programmes specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes will depend on your specific module selection: