A vehicle into the world

Master the Spanish language and immerse yourself in the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

We're one of the only universities that requires semester-long study abroad for language majors. Connect with native Spanish speakers in Valencia, Spain; Heredia, Costa Rica; Mérida, Mexico; or Havana, Cuba—to name a few. Explore the full list of approved GO programs for Spanish Majors

While abroad, you'll live with host families, do internships in fields such as health and grant-writing, and take courses in a broad array of disciplines. You'll also travel and make new, long-lasting friendships.

When you return to Susquehanna, you'll bring back firsthand knowledge of the cultures you've experienced and a grasp of the Spanish language only achieved through immersion!

  • Connect with Spanish-speakers on campus! Take courses on the literatures, cultures and histories of Spanish-speaking communities around the world. Study Spanish translation, and get involved with activities outside of the classroom.
  • Come to our Latinx Initiative, which promotes the understanding of Latino cultures through exhibits, film, presentations, workshops and speakers.
  • Join in conversation tables with Fulbright Fellows from Spain and Latin America.
  • Share your interests with a growing number of Susquehanna students interested in Latinx cultures and heritage by joining ALAS (Association of Latinx and American Students).

A host of possibilities

Fluency in this ever-growing language—-one of the most widely spoken in the world—will give you an edge in any field. Nearly all our students are double majors, so take your passion for the language and pair it with another major, such as international studies, business, biology, psychology, or add one of our interdisciplinary minors to help you gain a better undestanding of important topics in today's world.

Our graduates become teachers, editors, translators, business entrepreneurs, interpreters and medical professionals. They earn Fulbright grants, work in higher education and public relations, and go on to study Spanish, social work, theatre, and education in graduate school.

A Susquehanna education provides students with flexibility in coursework so they can conduct research, intern and study abroad. When it comes to your major, you’ll begin taking classes in your chosen program of study in your first year.  

Here are some of the courses that Spanish studies majors take in their first few semesters at Susquehanna. 

  • Intermediate Spanish II: Language and Culture 
  • Advanced Conversation and Oral Expression 
  • Topics in Peninsular Spanish Studies 
  • Topics in Latin American and U.S. Latinx Studies  

Download the current course catalog on this page to see the full list of classes and course descriptions for Susquehanna’s majors.  

Recent graduates have gone to graduate school at:

Columbia University
George Washington University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State University
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
University of Kentucky
University of Maryland
Villanova University
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals
Fulbright Scholars Program

Recent graduates are employed at:

Bayer AG
Billings Bilingual LLC
Congressional Quarterly Inc.
Corporation for National & Community Service (AmeriCorps)
Moravian Academy
Teach for America
United Nations
Villanova Theatre at Villanova University
Walnut Street Theater, Philadelphia

Daryl M. Rodgers, Ph.D.

Department: Langs., Lits. & Cultures
Associate Professor of Italian Studies

Email Address rodgers@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4693

Martina Kolb, Ph.D.

Department: Langs., Lits. & Cultures
Associate Professor of German Studies


Amanda S. Meixell, Ph.D.

Department: Langs., Lits. & Cultures
Associate Professor of Spanish Studies

Email Address meixell@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4258

Lynn E. Palermo, Ph.D.

Department: Langs., Lits. & Cultures
Associate Professor of French Studies


Li E

Department: Langs., Lits. & Cultures
Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies

Email Address eli@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4603

Walfrido Dorta

Department: Langs., Lits. & Cultures
Assistant Professor of Spanish Studies


Megan L. Kelly, Ph.D.

Department: Langs., Lits. & Cultures
Associate Professor of Spanish Studies

Email Address kellym@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4267

Greg Severyn

Department: Langs., Lits. & Cultures
Assistant Professor of Spanish Studies


Mirta Suquet

Department: Langs., Lits. & Cultures
Assistant Professor of Spanish Studies

Email Address suquet@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4714

Anna Ogunnaike

Department: Langs., Lits. & Cultures
Adjunct in Modern Language


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Study Abroad Opportunities For Spanish Majors

Alicante, Spain

A broad range of classes are available in this Mediterranean port city.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Program concentrations include directed research; human rights; or literature among others.

Havana, Cuba

A land of intrigue and history comes alive on a truly unique study abroad trip.

Merida, Mexico

With service-learning and internship opportunities, you'll get a full semester experience on the Yucatan.

Santiago, Chile

Teach English at a public school while learning about Chile's arts and political structures.

Heredia, Costa Rica

Tour coffee plantations and study the economic and environmental impact while staying with a Costa Rican family.

Explore topics interesting to Spanish speakers

Each semester, fascinating new and different topics courses are offered for in-depth study of a selected topic of interest for Spanish majors and minors! These courses vary each semester. A few examples are:

  • Representations of the Spanish Civil War
  • Spanish and Latin American Romanticism
  • Spanish to English Translation
  • The Evolution of Film in Spain
  • Central American & Caribbean Literature and Film
  • Latin American Civilization and Culture
  • The Myth of Don Juan
  • Latinx Culture

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