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A vehicle into the world

Master the Spanish language and immerse yourself in the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

We're one of the only universities that requires semester-long study abroad for language majors. Connect with native Spanish speakers in Valencia, Spain; Heredia, Costa Rica; Santiago, Chile; Mérida, Mexico; or Havana, Cuba—to name a few.

While abroad, you'll live with host families, do internships in fields such as health and grant-writing, and take courses in a broad array of disciplines. You'll also travel and make new, long-lasting friendships.

When you return to Susquehanna, you'll bring back firsthand knowledge of the cultures you've experienced and a grasp of the Spanish language only achieved through immersion!

  • Connect with Spanish-speakers on campus! Take courses on the literatures, cultures and histories of Spanish-speaking communities around the world. Study Spanish translation, and get involved with activities outside of the classroom.
  • Come to our Latino Symposium, which promotes the understanding of Latino cultures through exhibits, film, presentations, workshops and speakers.
  • Join in conversation tables with Fulbright Fellows from Spain and Latin America.
  • Share your interests with a growing number of Susquehanna students interested in Latino culture and heritage by joining ALAS (Association for Latino and American Students).

A host of possibilities

Fluency in this ever-growing language—-one of the most widely spoken in the world—will give you an edge in any field. Nearly all our students are double majors, so take your passion for the language and pair it with another major, such as international relations, business, biology or psychology.

Our graduates become teachers, editors, translators, business entrepreneurs, interpreters and medical professionals. They earn Fulbright grants, work in higher education and public relations, and go on to study Spanish, social work, theatre, and education in graduate school.

Recent graduates have gone to graduate school at:

Columbia University
George Washington University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State University
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
University of Kentucky
University of Maryland
Villanova University
Fellowships
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals
Fulbright Scholars Program

Recent graduates are employed at:

Bayer AG
Billings Bilingual LLC
Congressional Quarterly Inc.
Corporation for National & Community Service (AmeriCorps)
Moravian Academy
Teach for America
United Nations
Villanova Theatre at Villanova University
Walnut Street Theater, Philadelphia

Modern Language Major. Students with a major in French, German, Italian or Spanish complete at least 28 semester hours above the 201 level with grades of C- or better. Students placed at the 300 level complete 24 semester hours at the 300 and 400 levels with grades of C- or better. At least one course in the target language must be at the 400 level. The Independent Study (542) in all languages may also be counted toward the major and minor. French, Italian and German require one related history course. Spanish requires one course in Latin American history. All majors complete the capstone, which is composed of two elements: (1) a 400-level course in the language of study to be taken after completing a semester abroad, typically during senior year; and (2) a language proficiency evaluation (FRNC-599, GERM-599, ITAL-599, SPAN-599), which they must pass in their final semester. This second part of the capstone is evaluated on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

All of the modern language majors require one semester of study abroad in a country where the language of study is spoken. Most students majoring in a language also have a second major. Almost any other major on campus can be combined with language studies. After returning from a year or semester of study abroad, majors must take at least one regularly scheduled 300- or 400-level language course at Susquehanna before graduating.

For a major in French, students complete FRNC-202, FRNC-301 and FRNC-302, one course in French or European history, a semester abroad in a French-speaking country; and the capstone, which is composed of two elements: (1) a 400-level course typically taken during the senior year and (2) a language proficiency evaluation in their final semster. 

For a major in German,  students complete GERM-202 and 24 semester hours at the 300- and 400-level; one course in European history; a semester abroad in a German-speaking country; and the capstone, which is composed of two elements; (1) a 400-level course typically taken during the senior year and (2) a language proficiency evaluation in their final semester. 

For a major in Italian, students complete ITAL-202 and 24 semester hours at the 300- and 400-level; one course in European history; a semester abroad in Italy; and the capstone, which is composed of two elements; (1) a 400-level course typically taken during the senior year and (2) a language proficiency evaluation in their final semester.

For a major in Spanish, students complete SPAN-202, SPAN-301, SPAN-302; a course in Latin American history; a semester abroad in a Spanish-speaking country; and the capstone, which is composed of two elements: (1) a 400-level course typically taken during the senior year and (2) a language proficiency evaluation in their final semester. Finally, majors complete one course in each of the three geographical areas where Spanish is most widely spoken; Spain, Spanish America and the United States.  

Minor in French, German, Italian or Spanish. Students minoring in French, German, Italian or Spanish complete, with grades of C- or better, 16 semester hours above 201. Students placed at the 300 level complete 12 semester hours at the 300 level with grades of C- or better.

Teaching Certification. Susquehanna offers teaching certification in French, German, and Spanish, and students preparing for such certification must maintain a minimum 3.00 GPA in the major.  Coursework required by the state of Pennsylvania for admission to the teacher certification program includes successful completion of ENGL-100 Writing and Thinking or equivalent course, at least 3 semester hours in British or American literature, at least 6 semester hours of mathematics coursework (or other courses which satisfy the Central Curriculum Analytical Thought requirement), and at least one 40-hour externship.

Education course requirements for secondary education are EDUC-101 Introduction to Education and Society, EDUC-102 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education, EDUC-250 Educational Psychology, EDUC-260 Introduction to Special Education, EDUC-270 Instruction of Exceptional Students, EDUC-330 Technology in Education, EDUC-350 English Language Learners, EDUC-380 Instructional Design, EDUC-422 Methods of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Teaching Foreign Languages, EDUC-479 Principles of Learning and Teaching in Secondary Education, EDUC-483 Differentiated Instruction and Classroom Management in Secondary Education, and the EDUC-500 Student Teaching package (EDUC-501, EDUC-502, EDUC-503, and EDUC-600). In addition, students pursuing certification in French and German satisfy all of the usual requirements for those majors.

Amanda S. Meixell, Ph.D.

Department: Modern Languages
Associate Professor of Spanish

Emailmeixell@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4258

Wanda L. Cordero-Ponce, Ph.D.

Department: Modern Languages
Associate Professor of Spanish

Emailcorderop@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4265

Martina Kolb, Ph.D.

Department: Modern Languages
Associate Professor of German

Emailkolb@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4712

Lynn E. Palermo, Ph.D.

Department: Modern Languages
Associate Professor of French

Emailpalermo@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4257

Daryl M. Rodgers, Ph.D.

Department: Modern Languages
Associate Professor of Italian

Emailrodgers@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4693

Megan L. Kelly, Ph.D.

Department: Modern Languages
Assistant Professor of Spanish

Emailkellym@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4267

Kimberly West

Department: Modern Languages
Lecturer Spanish

Emailwestkg@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4253

Li E

Department: Modern Languages
Assistant Professor of Chinese

Emaileli@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4603

Cherry Lai Bearer

Department: Modern Languages
Adjunct Faculty in Chinese

Emailbearer@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4714

Dena Isleem

Department: Modern Languages
Adjunct Faculty in Arabic

Emailisleem@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4176

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Study Abroad Opportunities for Spanish Majors

Alicante, Spain

A broad range of classes are available in this Mediterranean port city.

Seville, Spain

Explore Spain's literature, cinema and culture while studying alongside native Spanish speakers.

Cuba

A land of intrigue and history comes alive on a truly unique study abroad trip.

Merida, Mexico

With service-learning and internship opportunities, you'll get a full semester experience on the Yucatan.

Costa Rica

Tour coffee plantations and study the economic and environmental impact while staying with a Costa Rican family.

Buenos Aires

Program concentrations include directed research; human rights; or literature among others.

Bolivia

This program includes assisting youth with disabilities and supporting community projects.

Santiago, Chile

Teach English at a public school while learning about Chile's arts and political structures.

Peru

Trek to the top of Machu Picchu while also taking a semester to study art, business or the social sciences.

Explore topics interesting to Spanish speakers

Each semester, fascinating new and different topics courses are offered for in-depth study of a selected topic of interest for Spanish majors and minors! These courses vary each semester. A few examples of the kinds of topics to be explored are:

  • Representations of the Spanish Civil War
  • Spanish and Latin American Romanticism
  • Spanish to English Translation
  • The Evolution of Film in Spain
  • Latin American Civilization and Culture
  • The Myth of Don Juan
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Amanda Meixell, department head
570-372-4258
meixell@susqu.edu

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