The Spanish program at Holy Cross offers dynamic opportunities for learning the second most widely spoken language in the world and exploring the rich variety of Hispanic and Latino literatures, cultures, and film both on campus and afield.
Our students’ classroom lessons are reinforced and augmented through small group practice sessions led by foreign language assistants (FLAs). These advanced native-speaking students are carefully selected from the College’s study abroad sites and trained as language instructors in the U.S. academy. They also serve as ambassadors to Holy Cross students planning to study abroad in their native countries.
As a complement to our international curricular focus, the Spanish department takes full advantage of the Holy Cross study abroad programs in Spain and Latin America, incorporating coursework abroad into the major requirements and encouraging 100 percent participation among our majors. Holy Cross offers programs in Spain, with sites in La Coruña, León, and Palma de Mallorca; and throughout Latin America, with sites in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Peru; or El Salvador.
The Spanish department has a diverse and widely specialized faculty with expertise in Peninsular, Latin American, Caribbean, pre-Colombian and Latino literature, cultural studies, and linguistics. The faculty design major courses that engage students in conversations about contemporary research, in addition to contributing courses across the college curriculum, including Latin American and Latino Studies, the Honors Program, Montserrat, Passport, Women and Gender Studies, and Environmental Studies.
Hands-on Cultural Enrichment
The Spanish department offers a complementary cultural enrichment program, run by faculty and FLAs, that engages students with the cultures they study. Activities range from movie nights and cooking classes, to cultural discussions with native speakers and study abroad veterans, to tutoring and a Spanish Writing Workshop. Our faculty and students also consistently engage with Spanish-speaking cultures outside the classroom through community-based learning opportunities and service learning locally and abroad.
A World of Creativity
The Spanish department advances Spanish as a literary and creative medium through course offerings, creative writing workshops, a bilingual theater troupe, visual arts exhibits, film series, and fósforo, our annual bilingual literary and cultural review.
Holy Cross graduates with skills in Spanish have continued to establish careers in fields such as finance, government, medicine, and education. Many of our graduates spend time working in Spain and Latin American countries after graduation, and also achieve major distinctions, including international fellowships and appointments which have included Fulbrights, Language and Culture Assistantships, and positions in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. The Spanish department offers support and advising to interested students for a variety of post-graduate possibilities.