Mercyhurst University

Spanish Bachelor of Arts

“Do you know what a foreign accent is? It’s a sign of bravery.” – Amy Chua

We welcome brave students who want to experience the world in another language, challenging themselves to explore new ideas and forge lasting relationships with their global neighbors. Majoring in Spanish allows you to immerse yourself in Hispanic language, literature and culture while developing strong analytical thinking and communication skills. The Spanish Education major offers the opportunity to combine these skills with the coursework and practicum experiences necessary to earn a teaching certificate in Pennsylvania. In both majors, you’ll find countless opportunities to sharpen your language skills and challenge your cultural assumptions while experiencing the world from a different vantage point.

Entrance into the major is determined by the successful completion of the Introduction and Intermediate sequence or by the demonstration of equivalent skills on the CLEP, A.P., International Baccalaureate examinations.

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We strongly encourage students to study abroad, and work with each student to find the program that will make this possible.

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Mercyhurst’s diverse international student body and faculty ensure that Spanish students can practice the language in real-world settings without leaving campus.

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The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish pairs well with many other degree programs for a double major.

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Studying a foreign language is excellent preparation for careers in many different fields, such as business, education, human services, government or international relations, as well as graduate school.

WHY SPANISH?

We asked our students to tell us in five words or less why they love studying Spanish/Spanish Education.
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Bilingualism fosters cross-cultural cooperation.
Casey Bleuel '17
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Cultura, corazon, compasion, y conecciones.
Cole Lowe '17

Span 308 Phonetics

This upper-level course focuses on the mastery of the International Phonetic System, the phonemes and allophones of Spanish, phonetic and phonemic transcription, and dialectical variation.



Span 305 Latin American Theater

Blending in-depth analysis of Latin American theatrical works with focus on those from the 20th century, this course studies the historical and social contexts of their production.



Span 305 Women in Hispanic Civilization

Take a unique approach to studying Hispanic culture by examining the historical, social, and cultural roots of women’s present-day realities in Spain, Latin America, and Hispanic communities in the U.S.



EXPERIENCE & OUTCOMES

Service Learning

Take advantage of opportunities to serve the global community through travel to places like the Mission of Friendship in Mérida, Mexico, or through work with local immigrant populations.

Study Abroad

Our thriving study abroad program allows students to experience the vivid culture of Spain or Latin America while completing their degrees in Spanish or Spanish Education.

Graduate Degree Placement

Many alumni have pursued graduate degrees at prestigious universities, including University of Illinois, Indiana University, American University, Middlebury College, and Universidad Alcalá de Henares in Madrid, Spain.

Meet the Faculty

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Alice Edwards
Alice Edwards, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish
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Douglas Boudreau
Douglas Boudreau, Ph.D.
Chair, Associate Professor of French
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Janelle Newman
Janelle Newman, Ph.D.
Instructor
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Karen Williams
Karen Williams, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish

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