Few colleges can boast the depth of knowledge of our Spanish faculty and breadth of opportunities the department offers. The majority of our faculty members are native speakers who grew up in a Hispanic culture. They have also worked in other capacities as native speakers – journalist, legal court interpreter, and in theatre as a director and actor. They bring that knowledge back to the classroom through the opportunity for students to be in a Spanish play or take a translation course.
The department also offers many ways to practice Spanish. Every major lives abroad for a semester and many students in the department visit Spanish-speaking countries for shorter experiences. You can live in a Spanish apartment building on campus or work at Concordia Language Villages, a program for children and adults who want to learn other languages. In addition to faculty, the college has two native assistants on staff to assist with conversational language.
If you would like to teach Spanish to young people, Concordia is the perfect place to learn. Opportunities include the chance to work at our Concordia Language Villages or do teaching practicums in Moorhead Public School’s Spanish Immersion program.
Kathryn Melheim '11
Part-time at homeless shelter for youth in Denver, CO
Social Work and Spanish Major
I had the opportunity to work at the Concordia Spanish Language Village, El Lago del Bosque, which was an invaluable experience.
Hannah Rollwitz '08
First Grade Spanish Immersion Teacher at Lakes International Language Academy
Social Work and Spanish Major
I am given the chance to spread my love of Spanish to my students all day every day. This wouldn't have been possible had I not studied Spanish at Concordia. There, I was given intense grammar instruction throughout my classes and was able to meet with native speakers to practice Spanish. Both helped me with my pronunciation and understanding. Concordia's global perspective also opened my eyes to Latin cultures around the world. Through Concordia's study abroad option, I developed three programs and stayed there for seven months.
Vanessa Castillo '16
Spanish and Psychology Major
Concordia has great study abroad programs here for Spain. Most colleges make you pay extra to study abroad, but at Concordia, it's the same tuition as you pay here plus a round trip ticket. The Spanish professors are from different parts of the world, which exposes us to different accents and different cultures.
Michael Simonson '08
Senior Auditor, Americas Securities and Fund Services at Citibank
Global Studies and Spanish Major; International Business Minor
Concordia's rigorous curriculum prepared me very well for my MBA (Master's of International Business Administration) program in Mexico City and the international living experience that immediately followed graduation. My language and cross cultural skills obtained through studies, life and work at Concordia and the Language Villages enabled me to better adapt and succeed in Mexico.
Abby Boggs-Johnson '10
Digital Marketing Strategist at Onsharp
Communication and Spanish Major
Through my studies in the Spanish program, I learned to view situations, settings, and norms through an intercultural lens. The department and curriculum were challenging yet supportive, key components that led me to pursue a Spanish major. To this day, going on a May Seminar to South America was one of the most rewarding, humbling, and life-changing experiences I’ve ever had and it wouldn’t have been possible without the opportunities offered at Concordia or the classes I took to prepare me for the adventure.
Sara Stone '11
Human Capital Specialist at Friendship Public Charter School in Washington, DC
Political Science and Spanish Major
The Spanish program at Concordia provides students with a wide range of opportunities to develop their language skills and cultural knowledge. I spent multiple weekends and summers at the Concordia Language Villages and some summers as well, that really allowed me to work on my fluency. The professors are very approachable and offer interesting elective topics. I learned about Central and South American politics, which prepared me for my study abroad in Lima, Peru. What I loved about the program was that each student could tailor it to really make it their own. I was, able to focus on South American politics and culture which allowed me to tie it in with my Political Science and Global Studies classes.