Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Modern Languages (B.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dra. Leticia McGrath


Stereotypes are present even in the most popular films. Groups of people are often misrepresented in a way that is entertaining, but not necessarily truthful, causing viewers to have a narrow, often incorrect, view of a particular culture or people. This research serves as an analysis of selected contemporary American films that feature a Hispanic character or cultural element. My aim is twofold: first, to shed light on the stereotypes surrounding Hispanics and the excessive appearance of these stereotypical representations in popular U.S. films, and second, to promote open-mindedness by educating others on the cultural diversity of Spanish speakers, especially those groups that are present in the United States.

Thesis Summary

This research serves as an analysis of Hispanic stereotypes found in contemporary U.S. films.