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                   The Spanish Department at Willamette University employs
                   a variety of approaches to the study of the Spanish language
                   and the rich tradition of Hispanic literatures and cultures as
                   it contributes to personal and intellectual development and
                   cross-cultural understanding.

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           -

         . 
       
 ,      -
    .
                                         – John Uggen, Professor of Spanish

                                    panish majors at Willamette bene-
                                    fit from studying under a diverse
                                    faculty including native speakers
                           from Spain and several Latin American
                           countries. All courses in the Spanish
                           major are taught in the target language
                           and cover the history, politics, culture and
                           literature of the Spanish-speaking world.
                           By the time they graduate, Spanish majors
                           are fluent in the language and are well pre-
                           pared to enter graduate school or the work
                           force. Many of our students choose careers
                           in which they can use their Spanish, such
                           as in the Peace Corps or at social service
                           agencies that work with the Hispanic

                           Professor John Uggen
                           At Willamette, Spanish students appreciate Professor
                           John Uggen’s dynamic and provocative teaching style.
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Our program
         
  , ,      
     ,      
       .

                he department is especially strong in modern Latin American narra-
                tive, cultural and women’s studies, and in the postwar and contempo-
                rary literature of Spain. Our program emphasizes development of an
understanding of literary analysis and the Hispanic literary and cultural tradi-
tions. Small classes provide students the opportunity to examine Pre-Columbian
civilizations, the coexistence of Christian, Jewish and Muslim populations in
medieval Spain, the Latin American experiences of colonization and independ-
ence, the Spanish Civil War and postwar periods, and contemporary Latin
American and peninsular fiction. Advanced seminar courses include topics such
as the history of Hispanic thought, contemporary novel and short story of both
Spain and Latin America, women writers and Latin American cinema. Spanish
majors and minors are strongly encouraged to explore language, literature and
culture in their real-world contexts through our study abroad opportunities in
Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico and Spain.

          
   .

                                Studies in foreign language, literature and culture are
                                integral to the liberal arts goals of broadening one’s per-
                                spectives and developing awareness of oneself as a global
                                citizen. The abilities to communicate with members of
                                another cultural tradition and to analyze and interpret lit-
                                erary texts are excellent preparation for most graduate and
                                professional careers.

Spanish Thesis Titles
“Cien años de soledad de Gabriel García Márquez; una crítica sociopolítica de la presencia extranjera en América Latina.”
“El silencio en los cuentos latinoamericanos: su papel y simbolismo en las relaciones matrimoniales”
“La realidad dual: el surrealismo en las obras de Julio Cortázar”
“La experiencia cubana revolucionaria. El cuento socio-político de los años sesenta”
“La justicia y la venganza: una investigación de la moralidad en cuentos hispanoamericanos”
“¿Quién soy yo?: la identidad y el auto-descubrimiento de los personajes en los cuentos de Borges, Cortázar y Fuentes”
“La historia de las Américas a través de lo fantástico”
Spanish faculty
The faculty in the Spanish Department bring to the classroom their enthusiasm and expert knowledge of the language, litera-
ture and cultures of the Hispanic world. The faculty is also engaged in activities outside the classroom that enhance the stu-
dents’ learning experience, collaborating with student groups in events such as language tables, a Fiesta Latina, Spanish club
and an annual Cinco de Mayo celebration.

For an introduction to the Spanish faculty, visit
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What happens
         . 
           
      .     -
   ,       
         .

               any of our graduates go on to graduate programs in Spanish,
               international studies and education. They also find excellent
               opportunities for work using their Spanish in the community in all
fields, from medical to teaching, business or social work.

The vast majority of our Spanish majors spend a semester studying abroad in one
of several Willamette programs in Spanish-speaking countries (Ecuador, Chile,
Mexico or Spain, among others). While this experience is enormously enriching
for them at all levels, it also provides a
unique opportunity to make contacts
in a foreign country. Many of our stu-
dents go back to visit their host fami-
lies and friends or to work for an
extended period of time. Some of our
graduates go on to join the Peace
Corps serving in a Spanish-speaking

                                                 The bull is considered the symbol of Spain.
What do our graduates say?
Joshua John Klaus ’98, graduate student in environmental studies and urban agriculture teacher
“The Spanish Department at Willamette University has had a tremendous influence on my professional and personal interests
in that it has provided me with the skills and resources necessary to access a hemisphere worth of people, cultures, landscapes
and worldviews. As an elementary school teacher, my Spanish skills have helped me provide developmentally appropriate
instruction to the growing Latino population in places like Oakland, Calif., and Denver, Colo. As a graduate student, I hope
to carry out my research in a Spanish-speaking country.”

Erin Kenney ’00, high school instructor in Spanish and history
“Throughout my time at Willamette, I was fortunate to work with professors from various countries, including Spain, Ecuador
and Peru; each provided a unique cultural perspective, preparing me for my travels abroad. My undergraduate background in
Spanish prepared me for teaching ESL and citizenship classes at a local farmworkers labor union and then, upon graduation,
for teaching high school Spanish classes.”

Jansi Nicole Westberg ’99, graduate student, UCSD
“Willamette has an excellent Spanish department, with fun, creative professors and a variety of classes designed to help the stu-
dent achieve fluency. Spanish is nearly a survival skill these days, so learn it! It will give you the upper hand when you enter the
real world.”

Traci Roberts ’99, graduate student, University of California, Riverside
“The program has had a great impact on my career choice. I am doing graduate work in Latin American literature and hope
to be applying soon for a position as a university professor of the same subject. One of my favorite memories is of my study
abroad semester in Seville, Spain, where I learned so much, not only about the Spanish language but also about a culture other
than my own.”
For more information
  on the Department of Spanish, professors and students,

        You can also contact the Admission Office:         r
  503-370-6303, 1-877-LIBARTS,
       or the Spanish Department at 503-375-5306.

                College of Liberal Arts
                 Office of Admission
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        Toll free: 1-877-LIBARTS Facsimile: 503-375-5363

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