About the Program
An understanding of Spanish is essential in this country today, not only to maintain and improve our cultural and economic ties with the 20 countries in which Spanish is the official language, but also to learn about and appreciate the culture of over 50 million Hispanics residing in the United States. The Spanish/Hispanic Studies program offers a broad and diverse experience in the language, literature, and culture of Spanish-speaking people. Students may elect courses that explore various social, political, literary, cultural, and linguistic topics. Our proficiency-oriented approach is supported by multimedia/technology to provide opportunities for original-language practice in context. This is often enhanced by experiential learning activities. A period of study in a Spanish-speaking country is highly encouraged.
- Chair: Mónica Cantero-Exojo, Professor
- Professor: Raul Rosales
- Associate Professor: Nancy Noguera
- Assistant Teaching Professor: Maria Turrero-Garcia
- Professor Emeritus: Ada Ortuzar-Young
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
A student receiving a score of 4 or 5 on the Spanish examination is exempt from SPAN 201 and is considered to have fulfilled the College’s general education requirement.
The College language requirement may also be met by achieving a score of 680 on the CEEB/SAT II Spanish Test, or a satisfactory placement score on the Drew Spanish placement examination.
Summer Program in Barcelona
This summer program offers 8 credits in intensive language and culture courses in Barcelona, the bustling and artistic center of the Comunitat de Catalunya, and one of the most cosmopolitan cities of the European Union. Drew University believes that Barcelona is the ideal site for our students to improve language proficiency in Spanish while deepening their cultural knowledge. In the friendly environment of a private home, the participant gains an immediate firsthand experience of Spanish daily life. The program’s Resident Director, a member of Drew’s faculty, attends to students’ needs and selects experiential activities and destinations designed to add breadth and depth to this off-campus program. Students have the opportunity to fulfill their language credits and take classes for their major or minor in Spanish. See “Beyond the Classroom” on the Spanish Department’s website for more information.