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Department Chair

Fernando Gomez

Associate Professor & Chair of Modern Languages & Spanish

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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How We Work

1. You'll create your own path. Our major and minor requirements leave you with the freedom to focus on the subjects that interest you. For instance, the required course Culture of the Spanish-Speaking World has five forms: Spain; Mexico and Central America; the Caribbean; the Southern Cone (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay); or the Andean region (Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador). Each version of the course is taught by an expert on the region, and you can even retake the course for different regions. As you discover your passions, you may even choose to complete an independent study or an Honors Project.

2. We're invested in your language-learning process. The beginning Spanish courses are taught by experienced professors with backgrounds in language teaching, culture, and literature. This means that during your introduction to the language, you'll receive individual guidance from an expert in key areas of language-learning. As you progress into higher-level courses, we want your study of Spanish to remain meaningful and relevant.

3. We go beyond grammar. The Spanish language doesn't exist in a vacuum—so you shouldn't learn it in one! We strive to understand the people and cultures to which this language belongs. Starting in the introductory-level courses, your study of vocabulary and grammar will be integrated with the study of Spanish-speaking cultures. You'll study the music, film, geography, literature and history of the regions where Spanish is spoken, and the social issues facing the Spanish-speaking world.

4. Our faculty are diverse. The breadth of our research interests includes every area of culture and every region of the Spanish-speaking world. You might take "Afridentity" and "Hispanity" in Caribbean Literature from the 19th Century to the Present with Jesse Dixon-Montgomery, Contemporary Latin American Cinema with Antonio Prado, or Culture of the Andean Region with Julio Noriega. Whatever your passion, there will be a faculty member with the expertise to help you pursue it.

5. We learn all over the world. Explore issues on Bilingualism in Barcelona, study social justice in Buenos Aires (Knox hosts both programs), or conduct socio-cultural field research in Guatemala. Many of our students even pursue post-graduate opportunities abroad; you'll find them in Spanish-speaking countries across the world as Peace Corps Volunteers and Fulbright Fellows.

Where we learn

The Burkhardt Language Center

The Dorothy Johnson '39 and Richard Burkhardt '39 Language Center includes a projection equipped classroom space located in the heart of George Davis Hall. The Center contains an instructor station, 24 computer workstations and professional photo-flatbed scanning capabilities. The Language Center also houses two workgroup rooms equipped with individual computer workstations for small group sessions or individual privacy. The viewing room is capable of seating up to 20 people accommodating large-screen computer output and video viewing.

Spanish Table

Each Tuesday, students and faculty gather in the Oak Room for lunch to interact in Spanish in a relaxed, welcoming environment

Extracurricular Opportunities

M.E.Ch.A. is an acronym for Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan, which translates to Chicano Student Movement from Aztlan. M.E.Ch.A. came out of the Chicano Movement of the 1960s was founded on the principles of self-determination, education, and desire to liberate our people from institutional or individual oppression.We strive to broaden the understanding of the Knox community by hosting events that incorporate Mexican culture, history and bring attention to the struggles that affect us as a minority.

Lo Nuestro aims to increase and promote the awareness of the Latino/a community at Knox and within society at large. Members work to accomplish this through reinforcing the links of language, tradition, and origin that unite the community; providing Latino/as the means to preserve and develop their identity while receiving an education; and being the catalyst for positive change by serving as a community outreach organization.

Casa Latina is a culture center dedicated to promoting Spanish, Latino, Chicano, Mexican-American, and Latin American life and culture. Those living in Casa Latina work to promote greater communication and understanding of the Hispanic/Latino culture and world. Casa Latina is an open, inviting place on campus for people who are interested in learning through shared experiences.

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