Spanish students in Mexico 

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About the program


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.


Coursework in Spanish

The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities in the field of Spanish, and includes courses such as:

  • Conversation CircleFerrum students perform a puppet play in Mexico.
  • 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:

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.

You can follow the blog of senior Spanish major Caitlin Bettinger, who is currently studying in Barcelona, at this address: http://caitlinstudysabroad.weebly.com/


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.

Ferrum students in Arequipa, Peru.

Careers for Spanish majors:

  • Government: Diplomat; translator or interpreter; FBI; CIA; law enforcement; State Department; US Agency for International
    Development; research, Immigration and Naturalization; Border Patrol; Armed Services; public relations; agriculture; United Nations
  • 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; reseracher; 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

Spanish FacultyFerrum students play with Honduran children.

Patricia Sagasti Suppes
Assistant 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
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Marina Nasif
Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant
Bachelor of English, Universidad de Santiago del Estero
Teacher of English, Instituto San José Santiago del Estero
mnasif@ferrum.edu | View Profile


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Ferrum student learning about traditional weaving in rural Peru.

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