The Spanish major provides you with the opportunity to learn the second most spoken language of the international community. Currently, more than 10% of Americans consider Spanish their first language and at least 500 million people worldwide practice fluency. The ability to speak Spanish is becoming a helpful and even necessary part of some fields, including economics, business, medicine, social sciences, criminal justice, and ministry.

Program Highlights




What Will I Learn?

Upon mastering conversation, reading, and composition, you will be immersed in the study of Hispanic literature—all the while continuing to improve your communication skills. Courses, such as Hispanic Linguistics and Spanish for Professionals, round out the offerings. All upper-level classes are conducted in Spanish and include regular discussion and integrative study.

Where Can It Take Me?


  • Family Catholic Center
  • Antigua, Guatemala
  • Avila, Spain


  • Careers
  • Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Government
  • Criminal Justice
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Translation and interpreting
  • Tourism
  • International Business
  • Translation

Grad Schools

  • University of Albany
  • University of Buffalo
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Syracuse University

Who Will I Meet?

Rebecca Dolloff, 2019

I am finishing up a BA in Spanish Language and Literature and a minor in TESOL. I am so thankful for my time at Roberts and the people who have made this experience. I consider Roberts my second home, filled with friends and faculty who are like family. Classes within my major here have always been small, but that's one of the biggest benefits of the program. I am able to speak one-on-one with my professor and volunteer a lot in class, something that's very beneficial when pursuing a language degree. The opportunities to study abroad here are phenomenal and I wouldn't trade my semester in Spain for the world. I have always felt supported academically, spiritually, and simply as a young adult trying to figure things out. 

Dr. Maria Villodre

Maria Villodre is a native of Spain. She graduated from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid with a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and History. Later she earned a Master in Spanish from Brigham Young University. After that she received her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Buffalo, Maria moved to Rochester and joined the faculty at Roberts Wesleyan College in 1999. One of her passions is Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Spanish Peninsular Literature. Since
2010, Maria oversees two Study Abroad programs in Avila, Spain and in Antigua, Guatemala. She loves to teach Spanish and see her students become fluent in her native language. Read more about Dr. Villodre here.

Alumni Success

Liz Thrush '10

Pan American Health Organization/World
Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)

Kaylee Engle

Bilingual Writer/Editor
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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