​​​​​​Why Study Spanish as a Heritage Language (SHL) at the UO

Your Spanish is important. The Spanish Heritage Language Program (SHL) is designed specifically for students who have a personal, familial, or community connection to Spanish. In SHL courses, you learn about Spanish and Spanglish as they are used in the US and in the wider Spanish-speaking world, build on your existing knowledge of Spanish, and make meaningful connections with local Spanish-speaking communities.



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Undergraduate Courses

The Department offers SHL courses at the second-, third-, and fourth-year levels. You can complete the UO language requirement, and go on to earn credit toward a minor or major in Spanish, as well as satisfy requirements for other majors such as Linguistics and Latin American Studies.  Recent offerings include courses on Bilingualism, Spanglish, Latinos in the US, Spanish in the US, and Border Cultures in the Americas.

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Faculty Research
SHL faculty have expertise in the theoretical and practical issues surrounding the use of Spanish in both U.S. and global contexts. Research in sociolinguistics and specialized pedagogy for heritage language learning provides students with insights into the social dynamics of language contact in the U.S., bilingualism, language change, and language ideologies. Faculty collaborate with programs in Linguistics, Ethnic Studies, Latin American Studies, PPPM, the College of Education, and others.
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Study Abroad

A degree in Spanish prepares you for the future of global citizenship and the workforce. Our majors and minors have the opportunity to spend one or more terms in different Spanish-speaking countries such as Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico, or Spain. The department also offers scholarships specifically for study abroad. Programs are as short as four weeks and as long as a full academic year. In addition, through the IE3 Global program, undergraduates can earn academic credit for doing a professional internship in the Spanish-speaking world

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