Spanish

Spanish: Major

Studying the language, cultures, and literatures of the Spanish-speaking world, you will gain vital writing, speaking, and communication skills, improve your 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 creative writing, medical Spanish, translation, 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.

You will 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 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, will encourage you to encounter difference and learn from others directly — a process which promotes inquiry and intercultural understanding. On campus and farther afield, you will 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:

  • Focused Language
  • Culture and Cinema
  • Linguistics
  • Textual Analysis
  • Readings in Literature
  • Advanced Pre-modern Studies
  • Advanced Modern Studies
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Study Abroad

Study abroad at major universities in Spain, Peru and Argentina.

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Bilingual Journal

Contribute to “fosforo,” a bilingual journal of literature, art and ideas.

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Spanish Theater Troupe

Join Uni2Act and write and perform original plays that deal with issues of identity and inclusion on campus and beyond.

Spanish News

Holy Cross’ Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi Earns National Award
Omicron Epsilon, Holy Cross’ Chapter of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi, has been named an “Honor Chapter” for its outstanding activities in 2019-20, an award that was bestowed to only 11 out of 627 chapters nationwide. …
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Holy Cross Welcomes 11 Tenure-Track Faculty Members
At the start of the 2020-21 academic year, Holy Cross welcomed 11 new tenure-track faculty members, joining the following departments: biology, classics, English, mathematics and computer science, philosophy, psychology, sociology and anthropology, Spanish, and world languages, literatures and cultures. The …
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Montserrat Student Ambassadors Facilitate Community for First-Years During Remote Semester

It’s called the Montserrat Tip Column, a resource of recommendations from sophomores serving in the Montserrat Student Ambassador Group. The ambassadors—or MSAGs as they are called among the faculty ...