Spanish

At Hanover, the study of a modern language is rooted in activities and readings that help students see the world with the perspective of another culture. You will learn to use language as a tool that connects cultures, business and individuals.

You’ll learn far more than good spelling and grammar. You will expand your cultural awareness through the study of civilization, culture and literature and become a global citizen. Since languages are best learned through immersion, all classes are taught entirely in Spanish. You are encouraged to seize the many opportunities to interact in Spanish in the community and abroad.

Study abroad

Eat, sleep and drink Spanish for a full semester at La Universidad del Valle de Atemajac (UNIVA) in Guadalajara, Mexico, or La Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha in Ciudad Real, Spain.  Short-term opportunities are available as well, as past students have used spring term to study in Alcala de Henares, Spain; Mérida, Mexico and in Quito, Ecuador. 

On-campus immersion

"I didn't anticipate that my decision to come to Hanover would help develop my interest in Spanish from a mere fascination into a passion for the language, cultures and people."

Amanda Lowell '06

A number of extracurricular activities provide opportunities for you to enrich your language and social experiences at Hanover. The faculty-sponsored Hora de Café, held every month in the Haq Center, is a chance for you to chat informally in Spanish. Members of el Club de Español enjoy dining, cooking, dancing, entertainment and other events and activities from Spanish-speaking cultures.

Students also can put their language skills to use and lend a helping hand with La Casa Amiga, a Madison-based not-for-profit organization that provides volunteer support services for local Latino residents. Hanover student volunteers especially enjoy the participation in the bilingual story hour and ESL classes.

What do Spanish majors study?

  • Spanish language classes
  • Spanish conversation and culture
  • Spanish literature
  • And other topics that interest you, from film studies to Spanish-American literature to Spanish colonization

Previous graduates' career and professional placements have included:

  • Eastern Regional Director, Association of International Student Exchange (New York)
  • Program Coordinator, Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University  (Indianapolis)
  • Correspondent Volunteer Administrator, Amigos de las Américas (NGO) (Houston)
  • Manager of Customer Service, ADS International (Santiago, Chile)
  • Fourth Grade ESL teacher, Washington Heights (New York City)

Graduate school placements have included:  

  • Brandeis School of Law (University of Louisville)   
  • College of William & Mary   
  • New York University   
  • University of Louisville   
  • Indiana University Medical School

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