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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)
  • JayTerm 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.

H.J. Manzari, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Spanish and is the Spanish Coordinator. He also serves as the Director of Latin American Studies at Washington & Jefferson College.

Portrait of Associate Professor Amparo Alpanes
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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

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Spanish Program Downloads

Colin Sappenfield Senior Send-Off

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Spanish Program Sheet

Version: 2019