In addition to being a long-standing tradition at the University of Alcalá, Hispanic studies are particularly important in the “City of Cervantes”. The University of Alcalá places special emphasis on the teaching and learning of the Spanish Language, along with the promotion of Literature in Spanish. Its historic “Colegio de San Ildefonso” hosts the award ceremony of the Cervantes Prize, the world's highest literary distinction in the Spanish-speaking countries, presided over by the King of Spain every year.
The main objective of this course is to produce professionals with a high degree of understanding and expression in Spanish and good level of a foreign language, in addition to a comprehensive understanding of the historical, cultural, literary and linguistic conditions in Spanish-speaking countries.
They should be able to analyse, interpret and summarise texts, engaging in in-depth diachronic and synchronic study of the Spanish language, well as its phonological, lexical, morphological and syntactic, semantic and pragmatic aspects. They should be capable of understanding the social, historical, political, and philosophical contexts of the Hispanic world, from a democratic standpoint, taking into account values such as equality of opportunities, integration and a culture for peace.