SURC 2018
Spanish class with Maria Montoya


The SUNY Oneonta Spanish program offers a variety of courses in language, culture, civilization and literature, a wide range of overseas programs, and a committed and engaging faculty.

Spanish majors will develop language skills and a broad appreciation of diverse literary and cultural traditions of Spanish expression throughout the world. In upper-division classes, the aim is to develop analytical and writing skills along with oral proficiency through intensive critical study of literary texts, Hispanic literature, cinema, culture and history.

Upon graduation, majors should be able to demonstrate advanced competence in written and spoken language, and the ability to read critically, interpret analytically, and write coherently about texts produced in Spanish-speaking countries. Majors are encouraged to explore all periods and genres of literature in Spanish, as well as a wide variety of critical approaches.


Students are encouraged to study abroad, and more than 1,000 programs are available through the SUNY network, including a partnership program established by SUNY Oneonta with the Academia Latinoamericana in Quito, Ecuador.

Special opportunities include faculty-led field courses abroad, where students have the chance to practice their language skills and immerse themselves in another culture. Recent courses have included “García Márquez’s World” in Cartagena, Colombia, and a service-learning and cultural immersion experience on the island of San Andres, north of Colombia.

On campus, the Hispanic Organization for Learning Advancement (HOLA) student club organizes activities, events and trips throughout the year.


Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures
300 Schumacher Hall
Phone: 607-436-3409
Fax: (607) 436-3429


Kevin Colella
My Phonetics and Phrenology class was so interesting to learn the science behind languages, how people speak and why. You learn the parts of the mouth and how you have to put your tongue to a certain spot to make a sound. My favorite education class is Methods because I get to work at Morris Central School teaching Spanish to 8th- through 12th-graders and that’s a lot of fun.
Ryan O’Reilly
I want to be a middle school Spanish teacher, probably like eighth grade. It’s a good age where you can interact with them and they can start to form their own opinions and add substance to a conversation. It’s really when they dive into language and start learning about why it’s so important to learn other languages and how it can connect people.
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