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Studying the language, cultures, and literatures of the Spanish-speaking world, students in the Spanish department at Holy Cross gain vital writing, speaking, and communication skills, improve their analytical abilities, and develop a cross-cultural awareness and global perspective at home and abroad.

Our rigorous and intellectually rich academic program teaches literary and linguistic analysis, critical thinking, and intercultural communication. The Spanish curriculum, taught exclusively in Spanish, includes traditional and Directed Independent language classes, as well as rich offerings in focused language (including translation, medical Spanish, and Spanish for business); writing and conversation courses for native, heritage, and non-native speakers; and advanced coursework in literature, culture, linguistics, and film studies.

Students benefit both from courses taught by the department’s devoted and accomplished faculty and from small practice sessions and cultural programming led by foreign language assistants (FLAs), who bring language lessons to life by offering students a window into the contemporary culture of their native countries. A focus on experiential learning, which includes community-based programs, academic study tours, and study abroad, encourages students to encounter difference and learn from others directly — a process which promotes inquiry and intercultural understanding. On campus and farther afield, students in Spanish gain a vivid understanding of multiculturalism and diversity.

Program Highlights

The vibrant course offerings of the Spanish department include traditional language courses, which are offered from elementary to advanced levels, and a variety of courses in the following areas:
  • Composition and conversation
  • Focused language
  • Culture and cinema
  • Linguistics
  • Textual analysis
  • Readings in literature
  • Advanced pre-modern studies
  • Advanced modern studies

Spanish News

Reunion Turns Romantic for Happy Couples

Jun 8, 2017

They said yes! As if reunion wasn’t already enough of a party, two romantics seized the chance to pop the question last weekend. After eight years of dating – four of which were on The Hill – Harry Chiu ’12 …

Haylie Butler ’17 Selected as Class of 2017 Valedictorian

May 18, 2017

Haylie M. Butler ’17, of Rossmoor, Calif., has been selected to deliver the Class of 2017 valedictory address at the Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 26. Butler is a Spanish and biology double major in the Health Professions Advising Program. …