Spanish

The Spanish major at Wells prepares you to live in and appreciate an interconnected world, by linking the study of languages, literatures, and cultures with a required semester of off-campus study.
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Hispanic culture display
spanish club students with decorations for tapas night event
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You will learn how to communicate, work creatively, and appreciate life in a pluralistic world. Studying world languages, cultures, and literatures awakens your intellectual appetite for diverse cultural creations and enables you to project yourself imaginatively into other ways of living in the world. The Spanish major at Wells nurtures the respect for the unique contributions and identities of diverse interconnected cultures and societies. The major also prepares you to enter a growing array of professional careers that reward foreign language competence, cross-cultural experiences, and international perspectives.

Available as a major. At least one semester of study in a Spanish-speaking country is required.

"Spanish classes here help you learn about a variety of topics and grow as a person. I've learned about the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries and how they are each unique. I have also grown as a person because now that I know how to form complete sentences I can communicate with natives and be able to get around on my own. Knowing Spanish is a big advantage. It makes getting a job easier because any field you are looking to get into there will be partners and clients that will only know Spanish. Knowing Spanish is a huge benefit and I would advise everyone to take some classes."
- Scott Litvin '18, Business Major, Economics and Spanish Minors, 

Internships and Study Abroad Opportunities

A variety of internships, in and outside the United States, are available to Spanish majors, and many find internship sites during their study abroad experiences. Wells alumnae/i who are established leaders in their fields often provide internship opportunities for current students. The following is a sample of internships in the Spanish area held by Wells students in recent years:

  • Rural clinics and provincial hospitals, Dominican Republic
  • KBS, Inc. (foreign website development), Plattsburgh, NY
  • International Center, Buffalo, NY
  • Spanish-Speaking Affairs Council, St. Paul, MN

"I'm doing an internship at a hospital this summer shadowing multiple physicians and physician assistants. There have been numerous instances when there was a language barrier between the staff and the patient or parents of the patient. Luckily a medical student that spoke Spanish was there and could translate, showing the importance of knowing Spanish in this setting. Some of these situations were critical because they were communicating with the parents of ill children so it was crucial that this language barrier was broken. Although I didn't personally add to the conversation, I was able to understand some and I'm eager to learn more so I can contribute more! "
- Nicole Sales '18, Individualized Major in Health Sciences: Pre-Medical, Spanish Minor

Check out our off-campus study programs.

Co-Curricular Activities

Explore your understanding of a foreign language and show your appreciation of other cultures by becoming involved in campus activities. Below are just a few clubs that might match your interests:

  • Collegiate (student government)
  • P.O.W.E.R. (Praising Our Work, Ethnicity, and Race)
  • Model United Nations
  • Spanish Club
  • Student Committee on Inclusive and Intercultural Excellence
  • Wells International Students Association (WISA)

"The Wells College Spanish Program has helped me learn not only about the language component but also about Hispanic culture. These two components work hand in hand to prepare me for my future endeavours."

Olga Babijtchouk '18
Business Major, Spanish and Childhood Education Minors; 2015 H.T. Lowe-Porter Translation Prize Winner
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Program Faculty
Gerardo Cummings
Assistant Professor of Spanish
More than a Language

Students in the Spanish program hold the distinction of hosting the most consistently popular and, frankly, fun multicultural event on campus. Each year, Tapas Night gives students the chance to come together and sample foods from various Spanish-speaking countries while learning about the cultures of these countries through music, dance, and special displays. The student Spanish Club also plans a number of events throughout the year related to holidays celebrated in the Hispanic world, and Spanish-language faculty organize discussions, film screenings, poetry readings, and more during Hispanic Heritage Month. Partnerships with other departments such as Psychology, History, English Literature, Women's and Gender Studies, and more offer the chance to attend special campus events or study the complex histories, art, and other aspects of Spanish-speaking communities.

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