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The Spanish program imparts in students the skills, knowledge and qualities necessary to communicate and interact in Spanish-speaking cultures and communities around the world. Courses range in level and topic from language and grammar to literature and film, and the major can be tailored to the cultural and career interests of the student. All entering freshmen must receive a language placement for languages with which they have prior experience to determine their beginning course level for that language.

Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J, including membership in Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.

Research and Internships

  • Semester-long stays in Spanish-speaking countries (Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Spain)
  • Summer Magellan projects and study abroad in Spanish-speaking countries (any Spanish-speaking country of your choice)
  • Jay Term travel courses in January or May to Spanish-speaking countries (Peru and Spain)
  • Internships and service learning opportunities in Costa Rica, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Spain and Puerto Rico


Possible careers: government agencies, business, banking, journalist, diploma, professor, law enforcement, international law or business, banking, patent attorney, international science researcher, translator, marketing and more

Spanish Faculty

H.J. Manzari, Ph.D. portrait

Program Chair

H.J. Manzari, Ph.D.

Office: BRNT 208 Degrees: Ph.D. Spanish and M.A. Italian, University of Virginia; M.A. in Spanish, The Pennsylvania State University; B.A. Hobart College Areas of Study H.J. Manzari is an associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages.  Sharing his ideas and knowledge of various languages with young people, he travels frequently to Latin…

Portrait of Associate Professor Amparo Alpanes

Amparo Alpañés, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish

Spanish, International Studies

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Carmen Alicia Martinez

Visiting Instructor of Modern Languages


Christy Shaughnessy, Ph.D. portrait
Erica Matsuno, M.S.Ed. portrait

Erica Matsuno, M.S.Ed.

Adjunct, Department of Modern Languages; Instructor, English Language Institute


Katherine Ternes, Ph.D. portrait
Maribel Manzari, M.Ed. portrait

Maribel Vazquez Manzari, M.Ed.

Instructor of Spanish


Spanish Program Downloads

Spanish Program Sheet

Version: 2019