Overview

What are the career and graduate school options for Spanish majors?

Proficiency in another language is an asset in many career fields. At Wooster, graduates in Spanish have gone on to graduate and professional schools and careers in business, education, government, and nonprofit organizations.  Language study also expands student options for internships and research opportunities, and students at The College of Wooster can take advantage of opportunities through College partnerships before and after graduation.

Spanish at The College of Wooster

Wooster has a thriving environment for language majors, with the highest percentage of international students at any college or university in Ohio and strong support for study abroad. Language courses are a major focus, but students also delve deeply into the histories, literatures, cultures, and linguistic practices of Spanish-speaking countries.

Language learning outside the classroom

The Department of Spanish sponsors a language suite in Luce Hall, where qualified students live for a full academic year with a native speaker of Spanish and immerse themselves in the language and culture. The Spanish House, or La Casa Hispánica, hosts weekly events open to the campus at large.

Learn more about Luce Hall

Spanish students usually study off campus in the fall and/or spring of their junior year. Some also study off campus during their sophomore year if their abilities in written and spoken Spanish are high enough to warrant acceptance into a program. Regardless of when you choose to study in a Spanish-speaking country, you must plan carefully to complete all of the College’s graduation requirements in the prescribed four years. Programs endorsed by Wooster automatically transfer credit and financial aid.

 


Faculty

Osmer Balam

Osmer Balam

Gillespie Visiting Professor of Spanish

obalam@wooster.edu

Brian Cope

Brian J. Cope

Associate Professor of Spanish

bcope@wooster.edu

Aída Díaz de León

Aída Díaz de León

Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish

adiazdeleon@wooster.edu

Rebecca Garonzik

Rebecca Garonzik

Assistant Professor of Spanish; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

rgaronzik@wooster.edu

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Natalie McCoy

Administrative Coordinator of Kauke, English, French and Francophone Studies, German, Spanish, Russian Studies

nmccoy@wooster.edu

Hernam Medina Jimenez

Hernán Medina Jiménez

Assistant Professor of Spanish; Global and International Studies; Latin American Studies

hmedina@wooster.edu

Cynthia Palmer

Cynthia Palmer

Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies; Department Chair

cpalmer@wooster.edu

César Luis García Pelta

César Luis García Pelta

Spanish Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant 2021-22

cpelta@wooster.edu

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Leila Vieira

Adjunct Instructor of Spanish


Latest News

Ashley Boersma

Working Memory Differences in Bilinguals’ First and Second Languages

Name: Ashley Boersma Major: Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience Minor: Spanish Advisors: Dr. Ashley Abraham and Dr. Evan Wilhelms I became interested in bilingualism after attending […]

Sofia Biegeleisen

More than a Memory: The Complex Relationship Between Living History and Slavery

Name: Sofia Biegeleisen Majors: History, Spanish Advisor: Dr. Jordan Biro Walters, Ibra Sene (second reader) This project deals with the connection between historical memory […]

Heather Hartmann

Development of a Passive Sampler for Detecting PFAS Using Polymer-Organosilica Hybrid Adsorbents

Name: Heather Hartmann Majors: Chemistry, Spanish Advisors: Dr. Paul Edmiston, Dr. Karl Feierabend Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are environmental contaminants of emerging concern due […]

Heather Hartmann

El concepto de autor y la originalidad en las adaptaciones de Natalia Lafourcade

Name: Heather Hartmann Majors: Chemistry, Spanish Advisors: Dr. Hernán Medina, Dr. Rebecca Garonzik My independent study explores the idea of the author and adaptations […]

Major

Eleven courses in Spanish are required to complete a major, and students have a large variety of language, literature, and history courses from which to choose.

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Minor

A minor in Spanish can serve as a great supplement to almost any major, and can give students an added perspective in the fields of history, political science, economics, sociology, and more. Six department courses are required to complete a minor.

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Independent Study

With the support of the faculty, students in Spanish have done research in such wide-ranging fields as theater and dance, bilingual education, social and economic issues, political developments in Spain and Latin America, language-teaching methodology, literature, and intercultural communication. The I.S. program is exciting for both faculty and students because our students are encouraged to explore new fields where they can feel comfortable and committed.

 

 

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Alumni

Spanish majors at Wooster have excelled in a variety of fields after graduation. Many choose to enter the field of education, and a number of them hold positions as language teachers at the high school and middle school level.

Other Spanish majors from Wooster have taken such positions as application coordinator with the American Institute for Foreign Study, independent consultant at the Center for Technology Education at Johns Hopkins University, and bilingual educator in the Chicago public school system.

The added dimension of fluency in Spanish provided by the exceptional curricular and creative programs at Wooster has given graduates a decided advantage when entering the fields of business, industry, education, and government.


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Prizes & Scholarships

Roland H. del Mar Prize in Spanish

Established in 1973, the del Mar Prize is given annually at commencement to the graduating senior with highest achievement as a major in Latin-American studies, conducted in the Spanish or Portuguese language.

The Ricardo Valencia Prize for Excellence in the Department of Spanish

The Valencia Prize was established in 1974 and is awarded annually to the major in the Department of Spanish who, in the judgment of the department’s staff, has done the best work in the department’s three areas. First preference is given to a junior, and the prize is meant to be used to purchase materials needed for Senior Independent Study.

Faculty Emeriti

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Mary Addis

Professor Emerita, Spanish

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John P. Gabriele

Professor Emeritus, Spanish

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Diane Uber

Professor Emerita, Spanish

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Pablo Valencia

Professor Emeritus, Spanish