Spanish Language and Literature

Program Information

The Spanish program emphasizes a critical understanding of the Spanish-speaking world by focusing on language skills, analytical tools, and the study of a variety of cultural expressions. These studies are an effective way of gaining a deeper understanding of the world, which is an important element of a liberal arts education. The program offers courses in language, literature, linguistics, film and other cultural expressions from the Spanish-speaking world, as well as courses for the professions. There are study abroad opportunities in Spain, Ecuador, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Cuba and Colombia, and a study away opportunity on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Off-campus experiences are complemented by on-campus study and experiences that maintain and improve a student’s language skills. Opportunities to view Spanish language films, read Spanish publications, and converse with native speakers are an integral part of the Spanish program.

Faculty members meet students inside and outside the classroom, participate in campus activities, and counsel students regarding graduate and professional career choices in high school and college teaching, science, publishing, international trade, international banking, and other fields.

Faculty

Cynthia Carosella, Instructor in Spanish. BA, MA Western Michigan University

Tris Faulkner, Assistant Professor of Spanish Language and Literatures. BA Louisiana State University MA Wake Forest University MSc PhD Georgetown University

Ivett Lopez Malagamba, Assistant Professor of Spanish. BA, PhD University of California, Berkeley

Katie MacLean, Associate Provost and Associate Professor of Spanish. BA Dalhousie University. Halifax MA Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario PhD Duke University

James Nemiroff, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish. BA Reed College MA University of Chicago MA Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Madrid PhD University of Chicago

Diomedes Rabago, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish. BA Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Mexico MA Western Michigan University PhD Michigan State University

Enid Valle, Professor of Romance Languages and Literature. BA University of Puerto Rico MA, PhD University of Michigan

Mikela Zhezha-Thaumanavar, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish. BA, MA, PhD Western Michigan University

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