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    Welcome to the Spanish Major

    Foreign language studies at Le Moyne aim to acquaint students with a language, culture and civilization different from their own. As part of their program of study, Spanish majors are required to spend a semester abroad, as well as take the Oral Proficiency Interview, a linguistic competence test developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

    Le Moyne also offers a sequence leading to New York state teaching certification for those looking to teach Spanish to others. Students will not only learn the language, but explore all aspects of the Spanish culture.

    The Foreign Languages and Education Departments also offer a Five-Year Program leading to a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science for Teachers in Spanish and Adolescent Education.

    Andrew Gleason '12

    Andrew Gleason '12
    Spanish, Peace & Global Studies

    After graduating Le Moyne, I earned a master’s degree in Medical Anthropology at Creighton University, where I worked as a Program Coordinator for the Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC). Currently, I work for Jesuit Volunteer Corps’ International Program Office, based in Washington, D.C. I serve as an International Program Coordinator, overseeing JVC’s programs in Chile, Nicaragua and Peru.

    My Spanish language ability has aided me tremendously in my current role and past positions. There are numerous benefits of studying a foreign language, such as the ability to communicate in cross-cultural settings, the ability to enhance one’s cultural geography, and the variety of global service and professional opportunities that arise from proficiency in a language. But the greatest benefit from my perspective is the ability to create rich personal relationships with diverse sets of stakeholders. Cultivating these relationships promotes greater cultural understanding and awareness at a time in history when societies are now more interconnected than ever.

    Spanish Courses and Requirements

    If you would like to learn more about courses, requirements, and opportunities in Foreign Languages and Literatures, please visit the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures or see the Le Moyne College catalog.

    Minor in Spanish Language & Literature

    Students majoring in other disciplines have the opportunity to pursue a minor concentration in Spanish by successfully completing 15 credit hours in the same language beyond intermediate level. These 15 credit hours must include at least two courses at the 300- or higher level.

    Erika Benson '09

    Erika Benson '09
    Spanish, Peace & Global Studies

    After graduating from Le Moyne, I earned a master's degree in health care management (MHA) at Cornell University and I completed a postgraduate fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. I am now the Director of American Anesthesiology of Maryland (a group of doctors and nurses).

    My degree in Spanish absolutely helped me in my career! For example, I went to Chile for the requirement to study abroad. While there, I wrote a thesis on the government's health system. Later, I referred to that work in my graduate application. Also, when I was working at Hopkins, they assigned me to an important project that tried to improve the Hispanic community’s access to medical care. They knew I could understand and contribute much more than others because of my written and verbal proficiency in Spanish.

    Get in Touch

    Contact the Department Chair:

    Dr. Josefa Alvarez


    (315) 445-4317


    Contact the Department:

    Reilly Hall 205
    Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
    Le Moyne College
    1419 Salt Springs Road
    Syracuse, NY 13214


    (315) 445-4100


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