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Associate Professor & Chair of Modern Languages & Spanish
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
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. Study sustainable development in Costa Rica, tropical island biodiversity in Panama, 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.
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.
Each Tuesday, students and faculty gather in the Oak Room for lunch to interact in Spanish in a relaxed, welcoming environment.