Spanish Major

Spanish class with Maria Montoya
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.

The objective of the program is to 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 600 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.

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

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Nick Maila

"I was born in Ecuador and lived there until I was 5. My goal in life is to give back to countries where the poverty line is very low, helping people who live there access water and education."