Major program: The Iberian Studies major offers Wesleyan students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of the literature and culture of the Iberian peninsula through a flexible, interdisciplinary program of study.  Students qualify for the major with a grade of B- or better in SPAN221 or the equivalent. SPAN221 is not required but may be counted toward the major. Students will be expected to maintain at least a B- average in the major program. Students are highly encouraged to study abroad and may receive up to four credits toward the major for courses on Iberian literature, history, art history, culture, or society taken on approved programs.

Sample Courses:  Modern Spain: Literatuare, Painting, and the Arts in Their Historical Context; Colonial Fantasies: Rethinking the Conquest through Film;  Sophomore Seminar: The Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939

Number of Professors: 3

Iberian Studies Building
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Michael Armstrong-Roche

Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Associate Professor of Medieval Studies


Research Interests: He recently wrote a book called Cervantes's Epic Novel: Empire, Religion, and the Dream Life of Heroes in 'Persiles' (U of Toronto Press, 2009), which links Cervantes' final book with its narrative art to the major political, religious, social, and literary debates of late 16th- and early 17th-century Spain. His recent scholarship has been focused primarily on Cervantes's relatively neglected novels (La Galatea, Persiles), novellas, and plays that tend to get overlooked in the long shadow cast by Don Quijote.