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 theater as a director and actor.
The department 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 the Spanish apartment building on campus or work at Concordia Language Villages, an immersion 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.
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
Audit Leader- Finance and Corporate Activities
Global Studies and Spanish Major; International Business Minor
Concordia's rigorous curriculum prepared me very well for my M.B.A. (Master 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.
Sara Stone '11
Recruitment Coordinator at Friendship Public Charter School
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.
Nate LaCombe '15
Director of External Support at Data Trust, Washington, D.C.
Political Science Major; Spanish Minor
Concordia has changed the way I learn. I used to look at things and think 'that's just the way they are.' Now I ask, 'why are they that way and how did they become that?' I think more critically about things, knowing that by better understanding them, I can positively influence whatever it may be. I wouldn't have learned to do this had it not been for Concordia, especially the political science department.
Jenna Rosvold '14
Spanish Teacher, Aspen Academy Charter School
Spanish Education Major
Every single professor I had over four years challenged me in a different way and made me think outside my comfort zone. I'd never be here without those pushes from professors.
Abby Boggs-Johnson '10
Digital Marketing Strategist at Onsharp
Communication–Public Relations 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.
Kari Neutzling '14
Pursuing an M.D. at Mayo Medical School
Biology Major; Chemistry, Spanish and Vaccinology Minors
The classes I took during my undergraduate years prepared me for the rigorous coursework that will be presented in my graduate program. We were taught to not only learn but understand, synthesize and apply complex material, which is a skill I will use for the rest of my life.
Danielle Hance '07
Freelance Writer, Editor, Translator and Language Teacher
English, Spanish and Music Major
My love of communication, music, language and culture were all nurtured at Concordia and fuel the work I do today.
Lexi Robinson '15
Spanish and Global Studies Major
Both the global studies and Spanish departments have helped me. Spanish solidified my passion for the language. For the sustainability factor, the interdisciplinary courses through global studies have been monumental.
Carly Mickelson '17
Spanish and Chemistry Major, Biology Minor
I am here to be a student first and an athlete second. My coaches and professors are on board with that idea. If I have a ridiculous amount of homework or a big test to prepare for, I can talk to my coach about missing practice or leaving early. If I have a game, my professors are okay with me leaving class early or missing while giving me information on the topics I missed.
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.
Kirsten Hoaby '14
English Teacher Volunteer, Nicaragua
Global Studies and Spanish Major; Business Minor
I studied abroad in Argentina where I learned so much about myself, Argentine culture, the Spanish language, and stepped outside of my comfort zone every day. My internship at CHARISM, on the other hand, was great because it was so professionally defining. I gained experienced in a job situation and learned a lot about what kind of work I enjoy and what I'm good at. With my Fuel the Fire internship, I experienced how to plan and implement an event. I had to make decisions, lead different people, and manage many details.
Sarah Rohde '07
Associate Pastor, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles, Ill.
Religion, Spanish and Music Major
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Kathryn Melheim '11
Direct Care Counselor at Urban Peak
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.
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