Spanish is the second most-spoken language in the United States.

¿Hablas español?

Our students know that learning Spanish is prepares them them for success in a multilingual world. In the Spanish department, we learn through culture, collaboration and reflection:


  • Our language courses incorporate relevant and current social debates through the news, art, history, film, music and literature.
  • Our classes have between five and eighteen students, which creates an atmosphere of discussion and close collaboration between students and faculty.
  • We foster intellectual engagement across the Spanish curriculum by offering students the tools to reflect critically on the cultural practices, products and perspectives of the Spanish-speaking world and their own.


Not sure where to start? Contact Gina Brown to schedule a Spanish Placement Exam.


Learn through Innovation

Our cutting-edge  Spanish Writing Center supports Spanish majors and minors as they develop advanced level writing skills. By the time they graduate, our majors and minors can develop sophisticated, thesis-driven essays supported with evidence from primary and secondary sources.

In addition, our students use a range of multimedia tools including smart classrooms, blogs, videocasts, and podcasts to enhance their learning experience. Check out the video that students created to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Spanish major at F&M here!


Spanish Language Writing Center

The Taller de Escritura teaches writing through collaboration; we partner with instructors and work with students at the individual level to develop their written expression. 

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Innovations in Teaching

All classes are designed to maximize your opportunities to practice Spanish in creative and engaging ways. Click here to learn more about  what's happening in our curriculum!

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Spanish Tutoring Program

We are here to support your positive and successful experience in Spanish!  Drop by on Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00pm in Keiper 101. Our tutors can help you clarify material and prepare for exams.

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Learn through Exploration

From day one, Spanish majors and minors are actively engaged in developing practical speaking, reading and writing skills beyond the classroom.

We provide internships and volunteer opportunities to use Spanish in the local community, and study abroad is a goal for all of our students. To learn more about our Community Based Learning Program and Summer Travel Grants for Spanish Majors, read on!

Community Based Learning

Community-Based Learning opportunities in the Spanish Department include activities organized in classes and as well as off-campus. 

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Summer Opportunities

Want to travel to a Spanish speaking country for summer research?  Click here to learn about past projects and how to apply!

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Honors in Spanish

Sigma Delta Pi

The Rho Iota chapter of the national Spanish Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi recognizes excellence in the work of Spanish majors.  

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Honors in Spanish

Students seeking honors will develop a substantial research project within an independent study course resulting in a high-caliber thesis.     

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News and Events

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Spanish Film Festival

Virtual Event

Bad Hair   Director: Mariana Rondón / Venezuela / 2013 / 93 min Language: Spanish with English...

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Language’s Power in Students’ Lives

Telling stories via video about a time when language was important in their lives gave a group of Franklin & Marshall first-year students some unexpected personal insights.

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Scholarly Spotlight - Languages

 Scholarly Spotlight features the work of faculty on a regular basis. Here’s a sampling of recent publications by members of several languages departments.

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Speaker Argues for Dual Language Education So No Child Is...

Kimberly Potowski, professor of Spanish linguistics in the Department of Hispanic & Italian Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, reflects on problems with American education policy at...

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