¡Bienvenidos al departamento de español de Sewanee! Welcome to the Sewanee Spanish Department. Our department, which has seen rapidly growing demand in recent years, offers a comprehensive program, from beginning language classes to advanced courses in literature and culture.
Our culturally diverse faculty, from the United States, Spain, and Latin America, speak with a variety of accents and dialectical variants and conduct research in a broad range of geographical areas and time periods.
Students will find opportunities to hear and speak Spanish outside the classroom, at the Casa de España y las Américas, weekly Spanish Table, monthly tertulia gatherings, and occasional events such as lectures and film screenings.
The Spanish Department offers a number of study abroad programs. These include Summer in Spain, in which students hike the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route across the north of the country, Semester in Spain, which focuses on Spain and the European Union, and travel to Latin America, in recent years to Cuba and Brazil.
The Spanish Department works closely with other departments and programs whose offerings we complement, such as International and Global Studies, Humanities, and Women and Gender Studies.
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August 3, 2015
Professor David Colbert-Goicoa has completed a two-week Basque language immersion course at the Maizpide Barnetegi-Euskaltegia in the town of Lazkao in the Basque Country. The course involves eight hours a day of classes and workshops, and students eat and sleep in the school building, speaking Basque with classmates, teachers, and locals. Professor Colbert’s goal is to read Basque literature, which he researches, in the original. Basque, which is spoken by about 800,000 people in Spain and France is unrelated to Spanish or any other languages and is legendarily difficult. Professor Colbert thus finds himself sympathizing with the challenges his own Spanish students face! This is Professor Colbert’s second time attending a course at Maizpide; the previous one was catered specifically to scholars of literature and sponsored by the Etxepare Basque Institute.
June 1, 2015
This year, 14 students graduated with a major in Spanish, and we are so proud of all of them! Three were awarded prestigious departmental prizes, one was awarded an elusive grade of distinction on comprehensive exams, and seven students earned Honors by completing and presenting original research. ¡Felicidades a todos!
May 11, 2015
Spanish major, Ahmad El-Bobou, tied for 2nd place in the category, "Best Presentation in Arts and Humanities" with his research, “Franco's Spain in Buero Vallejo” conducted with the guidance of Dr.Ruth Sanchez. Scholarship Sewanee is a celebration of student research at the University held near the end of each Easter semester. The 2015 edition featured over 40 oral presentations and performances, and over 75 posters. Disciplines represented this year ranged from Dance to Physics, English to Chemistry, Spanish to Politics, and everything in between.