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Department of Spanish Language and Literature

The Spanish language is spoken by more than 400 million people in many countries and regions of Europe and North and South America, as well as Africa. It is a major world language and is one of the official languages of the United Nations. At Seisen University, which was founded by an Argentine sister from the congregation of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Spain, the Spanish language is very important because of these founding connections. Seisen is the only women’s university in Tokyo where the Spanish language is taught comprehensively and which has a library that abounds with Spanish language-related books and reference materials.

西文 トレナド先生授業

In our four-year undergraduate program, the first two years are spent on learning the Spanish language thoroughly and completely in small classes where native speakers assure personal attention so that students acquire abilities in all four basic areas, including reading, writing, speaking and listening. In the following two years, emphases are given on learning literature and culture, as well as the languages of Spain and Latin American countries. Students select a major concentration of study depending on their interest and objectives.
The culture of Spain is a blend of Christianity and Islam, and it has influenced other European cultures. The Renaissance, Mannerism, and other aspects of European culture are not fully comprehensible unless one understands Spanish culture, with its unique historical background and the influence of the Moors and Christianity.

西文 体感スペイン語文化

Spanish culture has also greatly influenced Latin American countries, including Mexico, Argentina, Peru and other Central and South American countries where their own civilizations have coexisted. Studies of the cultures, literatures, histories, music, arts and sports of Spain, as well as various Latin American countries, help to broaden students’ international perspectives.