Spanish Studies

Our faculty and students examine, collaborate and promote a humanistic and artistic engagement as we navigate the complexities of today’s world. We strive to prepare globally-aware graduates with a profound knowledge of the language as well as the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking worlds.

We offer

Individualized Instruction

Small class sizes with award-winning faculty

Experiential Opportunities

Study abroad, internships, and community outreach

Professional and Career Preparation

Career advising and co-curricular activities related to professional goals

Degree Areas


Our program fosters the study of the human experience as expressed in the language, dialects, literatures, and cultures of Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The  program connects the learning of the Spanish language to the acquisition of practical skills that are immediately useful in real-world settings. 


The Minor in Spanish promotes the study of the liberal arts and assists in creating more globally aware, internationally focused graduates with knowledge of the language as well as the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

ma in Hispanic Literature

Our program provides study in the language, literatures, and cultures of Spain and Latin America, with an emphasis on Spanish and Spanish–American literatures and scholarly investigation. The program is designed primarily for students who plan to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

ma in Spanish/bi-lingual studies

Our program provides the foundation and academic preparation to pursue advanced work in Spanish linguistics and further develop fluency in the Spanish language. Students gain a cultural understanding and behavior as they study language acquisition and social patterns of language use.

phd in hispanic cultural studies

The Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Hispanic Cultural Studies provides study in the literature, language and cultures of Spain and Latin America. Students will select a primary and a secondary area of emphasis.







Study Abroad Programs

To further foster exploration of the language and culture, classroom experiences are enhanced by students’ participation in any of the multiple department-sponsored study abroad programs. Students can earn credit towards their major or minor programs.

Placement Testing

Anyone with prior French and Spanish experience (except heritage/native speakers or students with AP/IB scores) and/or two or more years of high school instruction should plan to take the placement test.

Contact Information

Spanish 100- and 200-level course placement:
Francisco Morales

French 100- and 200-level course placement:
Matt Kanefsky

For questions regarding equivalencies of language courses from other institutions, consult:

See also

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