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About the program

Students from Honduras play game with Ferrum students

Spanish at Ferrum College is a growing, evolving program with dynamic courses, involved students, and motivated professors. We work together to create a meaningful learning environment in which language is a vehicle for learning about ourselves and other peoples. Our courses focus on language, but also art, history, literature, and geography, in an interactive, fun way. Different methodologies are employed to engage students and to give them opportunities to use what they learn outside the classroom. Through campus programs, the use of technology, community outreach, and travel abroad courses, the Spanish program seeks to impress upon the students the vast diversity of life in the Spanish speaking world. Learning Spanish at Ferrum College implies active learning and real-life applications of traditional course contents.

Read the Panther Blogs by current and recent Spanish students to learn their perspective on the program: http://ferrumcollege.blogspot.com/search/label/Spanish

We have an ongoing relationship with the Universidad Nacional de Agricultura in Catacamas, Honduras. We have visited them during an E-Term and we have had visits from large groups of their students in which they interact with they interact with Ferrum College Spanish students as part of classes, during evening activities, and as part of organized programs.


Coursework in Spanish

The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics and includes courses such as:Students and Prof. Nasif in Spanish class

  • Conversation Circle
  • Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • Advanced Speaking and Comprehension
  • Spanish Culture
  • Latin American Culture
  • Introduction to literature in Spanish
  • Latin American and Spanish short story
  • Topics in Hispanic literatures
  • Professional Spanish
  • Senior thesis
  • Semester-long and e-term Study Abroad
  • Service Learning

Related Clubs

There are over 50 clubs and organizations available to students at Ferrum College. These are specifically related to Spanish:

  • Spanish Club
  • Alpha Mu Gamma: Honorary foreign language group

Ferrum Students studying abroad:Spanish students in the Colca region of Peru buying tea

All Spanish majors and minors are encouraged to study abroad for an e-term, a summer, or a semester. We are affiliated with programs in Spain, Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Costa Rica. We also have faculty-led e-term programs each year. In May of 2012 we had a service-focused course in Honduras, in May of 2013 we explored coastal and Andean cultures and history in Peru, in May of 2014 we visited central Mexico to learn about their diverse cultures and do service work in the communities, and in May of 2015 we will travel to northern Spain to walk along the famous Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

The main program through which we send students abroad is Spanish Studies Abroad, with programs in three cities in Spain, one in Puerto Rico, one in Cuba, and one in Argentina. 

What can I do with a major in Spanish?

A major or a minor in Spanish helps to improve skills in communication, critical thinking and analysis, and human relations. Knowing a foreign language can be helpful in almost any field, and many graduate programs require knowledge of a foreign language as a requirement for admission.

Careers for Spanish majors:

See what recent graduates of our Spanish Program are doing now!
Students with boys in Flor Azul, Honduras
  • Government: Diplomat; translator or interpreter; State Department; US Agency for International Development;
    research, Immigration and Naturalization; Armed Services; public relations; agriculture; United Nations
  • Criminal Justice: Police; CIA; FBI; DEA; Border Patrol
  • Business: International banking; US representative in a foreign company; Representative for a US firm abroad; advertising; sales; marketing; management; personnel management; Public Relations
  • Medicine: Medical doctor; nurse; Physician's Assistant; transcriber; interpreter; researcher; medical administrator
  • Education: Teacher; college professor; textbook author; administrator
  • Science: Researcher; technical liaison; museum work; international presentations and publications; ecology
  • Travel and Tourism: Flight attendant; travel agent; tour guide; hotel and restaurant industry; airport personnel
  • Non-Profit: Social work; international development; youth programs; sports programs; VISTA; Peace Corps
  • Journalism: Writing; reporting; editing; foreign correspondence; advertising; entertainment
  • Agriculture: Management, agribusiness, horticulture


There is virtually no career today in the United States in which you can't enhance your prospects if you speak, understand, read, and write well in Spanish, and you also have opportunities for work abroad.

Spanish Faculty

Dr. Suppes and student in Cuernavaca, Mexico with a statue of a Soldadera.

Patricia Sagasti Suppes
Associate Professor of Spanish and French
Coordinator of Spanish
Ph. D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
A.B., Sweet Briar College
psuppes@ferrum.edu | View Profile

José Gutiérrez Arceo
Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant
Master of Education, Universidad de Quintana Roo, Chetumel, Mexico
B.A. in English Language, Universidad de Quintana Roo, Chetumel, Mexico

With Diego Rivera's mural


Find Out More

Information is only an email away! Contact Dr. Patricia Sagasti Suppes at psuppes@ferrum.edu.

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