The Spanish Section of the Modern Languages & Literatures Department aims to put students in touch with the vitality and historical contexts of Spanish and Latin American literatures. The major and minor develop students' skills in critical analysis and provide an understanding of literary values—in addition to the sociopolitical, economic, and cultural forces that shape them. The program incorporates a broad range of themes, texts, and geographic areas to fulfill a wide variety of needs and interests. While we pay close attention to the canonical texts that have shaped a certain understanding of Iberian and Latin American literatures, we also explore the marginal voices and texts that challenge our preconceived notions. We cross the boundaries of literature, incorporating films and documentaries as we consider new critical methods and reading practices.