Bryan Pearce-Gonzales, Professor of Hispanic Studies; Chair, Department of Languages and Cultural Studies
Henkel Hall, Room 217, (540) 542-6202, [email protected]
The major in Spanish is intended for students interested in teaching, international business, diplomacy, the travel industry, social work, foreign missions, graduate school or work in volunteer agencies such as the Peace Corps or Doctors without Borders. A Spanish major or minor is also a valuable complement to other majors such as Global Studies, Political Science, Criminal Justice, Biology, Business or Public Health. A distinguishing feature of the program is the requirement that all majors do internships working among Hispanic populations in the Winchester-Frederick County community or via an approved educational experience in a Spanish-speaking country. In addition, all students are encouraged to study abroad. The program has been designed to help students develop their ability to communicate in Spanish (at the advanced level for majors, intermediate high level for minors); gain knowledge and understanding of Hispanic cultures in Spain, Latin America and the United States; develop insights into the nature of language and culture; and participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world, in accordance with the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages’ World-Readiness Standards.