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Foreign Languages

Enrich your career and become a global citizen through foreign language studies.

Shenandoah University’s Languages Department seeks to prepare students to be true Global Citizens. In addition to instruction in Spanish, French, and German, we promote community service in the target language and study abroad opportunities around the world.

In today’s global marketplace, Spanish is a valuable addition to your resume, opening doors to better career opportunities and higher salaries.

What Our Program Offers You

What our students learn/Skills you will acquire

Shenandoah’s Bachelor of Arts in Spanish program includes courses designed to help you develop skills in speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing. You’ll also gain an understanding of Hispanic culture in Spain, Latin America and the United States.

What makes our program unique?

Shenandoah University’s Languages Department prepares you to be a true global citizen. In addition to instruction in Spanish and other languages, you’ll have opportunities to participate in community service and study abroad opportunities around the world. Our small, interactive classes are led by professors who combine cutting-edge scholarship with individualized attention to help you develop to your fullest potential.


Study Abroad Opportunities

UCEL: Argentina

For the past decade, Shenandoah University students have traveled to Rosario, Argentina’s third largest city, to participate in UCEL’s Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion Program. The three-week program is a truly affordable and unique opportunity to earn three Spanish language credits while immersing oneself in Argentine culture. Living with a host family, attending classes and joining in many activities in Rosario, each participant will make new friends and adapt to the local lifestyle while improving Spanish language skills and fulfilling academic course requirements.

For more information, contact Jean Hayes in the International Cross Cultural Center, Cooley Hall, at jhayes@su.edu or (540) 665-5460.


Global Citizenship Project

Since 2005, members of the SU community have had the opportunity to travel for ten days during spring break on an all-expenses-paid, faculty-led trip. Applicants can be undergraduate or graduate students, staff, or faculty, and if selected, they must be willing to travel anywhere in the world. Applications are due in September, and travelers and their destinations are announced at International Convocation in November.

The language faculty at SU have planned and led a number of GCP trips, including trips to Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, Panama, Chile, Peru, and Germany.

For more information, contact the director of the Center for International Programs at bgalipea@su.edu.


Guided Experiential Learning (GEL)

Faculty and staff from around Shenandoah University plan Guided Experiential Learning (GEL) trips throughout the academic year, often in January or May. These short-term trips involve hands-on, guided learning with faculty experts and allow students to earn three credits in a specific field. Language faculty have led trips to Argentina and Cuba, while faculty and staff from other departments have led trips to Spain, Panama, and Peru.

Shenandoah University also offers short-term mission projects, both in the US and abroad. Spanish professor Dr. Ann Lesman has participated in trips to Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Dominican Republic.



Dr. Bryan Pearce-Gonzales, Chair

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies
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Dr. Ann St. Clair Lesman

Professor of Hispanic Studies
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Dr. Petra Schweitzer

Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages
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Dr. Andrea Meador Smith

Assistant Professor of Spanish
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