Associate Professor of Spanish, Dr. Lea RamsdellOur vision is to promote multicultural and international education and provide opportunities to develop a command of foreign languages. Students are encouraged to relate to people of different cultures and to communicate successfully in a variety of contexts through a curriculum based on nationally recognized pedagogy and established requirements.


The Department of Foreign Languages supports the liberal arts and science mission of the university by its emphasis on the intellectual enrichment of individuals through the study of languages, literatures, and cultures, while addressing the practical goal of providing  a broad constituency with the linguistic and cultural knowledge necessary for responsible citizenship in an era characterized by rapid new developments in global communication.

The curriculum prepares students for language acquisition and written and oral proficiency for a variety of purposes; from career-related language and cultural skills to the preparation for teaching or graduate study to personal cultural and linguistic enrichment. Through the rigorous curriculum offerings of major and minor program in different languages, the department strives to enable students to relate to people of different cultures and to communicate successfully in a variety of contexts.

The curriculum offers in-person learning, web-enhanced courses and experiential learning through study abroad immersion, practicum, internships, and independent study opportunities. The variety of teaching modalities, moreover, emphasize the importance of service learning and civic engagement in the development of leadership skills including critical analysis, problems solving, teamwork, effective oral and written communications necessary in the 21st century workplace.

The department faculty are scholars committed to excellence in teaching , to maintaining, advancing and disseminating knowledge of languages, cultures and literatures in their subject matter, and to maintaining and advancing their own pedagogical and technical skills as teachers in a foreign language.

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Study in Cuba during spring 2015 with Dr. Colleen Ebacher -

Watch this informative video about our Cuba Program for 2015!



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The Poetics of Place October 10th 3-6pm in CLA 3150. Keynote Speaker: John Hessler, Library of Congress with Michael Ratcliff (U.S. Census Bureau), Barbra Morrison, Leslie Harrison, Clarina Harriss, Shirley Brewer, and Mark Cottman

A Look at U.S. Immigration & Incarceration Policy
(Hispanic Heritage Month)
Wednesday, October 15 • 6:30 pm • UU Loch Raven

Chilean Arpilleras: A History of Resistance Written on Cloth
Thursday, October 30 at 6PM Opening the exhibit: A few words at the main site of the exhibit in the CLA fourth floor department office suite
Reading of poems related to Arpilleras (in larger room) at 6:30 PM followed by reception with supper

Friday, October 31 at 6:30pm: Film: Violeta se fue a los cielos (a film based on the biography of Chilean folksinger Violeta Parra)
Conversation after the film















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