Spanish and Italian

The Department of Spanish and Italian offers students majors in Spanish and Italian; minors in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese; and various graduate programs. These three languages play crucial roles in the contemporary global scenario: Spanish is the second most spoken language; Italian is the fourth most studied language; and Portuguese is an increasingly important language due to the emergence of Brazil as an economic power.

Our programs emphasize establishing a strong foundation in both language and cultural practice that is also in tune with new developments in the field such as foreign languages for business, translation, interpretation and subtitling, and the use of technology in foreign language acquisition.

The Department offers a wide array of scholarships internship opportunities and study abroad programs in order to support students’ academic experience while also preparing them for the job market. Students graduate with degrees from the Department equipped to continue their studies at the M.A. and Ph.D. levels and find employment in jobs related to teaching, translation, interpretation, study abroad programs, publishing, and import and export.

The faculty includes a group of professors with national and international visibility whose areas of teaching and research expertise span language acquisition, translation, literature, film, theater, and critical theory. Their scholarship has been recognized by prizes, prestigious Fulbright and Rockefeller Foundation fellowships, invitations to speak on radio programs and at conferences nationally and abroad, and as guest editors of journals.

Cultural programming is fully integrated into the curriculum and made possible by the support of several donors, centers and institutes on campus, including the Institute for the Humanities, Global Education Center, and the Coccia Institute, as well as by grants given by alumni and Santander Global Universities. The Department hosts the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies – one of the three Endowed Chairs on campus – which collaborates with several on and off campus institutions to regularly present interdisciplinary educational initiatives.