There are over 500 million native Spanish speakers in the world. Mastery of this language exemplifies our appreciation of diversity and our commitment to cross-cultural understanding.

Spanish department - fall 2020

The Department of Spanish and Italian looks forward to having you back on campus, whether in person or through our virtual classrooms. Check out what your professors have planned here.

Why study Spanish at Sewanee?

Aside from the fact that bilingual proficiency is attractive to employers, learning Spanish will give you a fresh perspective. You’ll be able to acknowledge the complexities of English, learn about Hispanic literature, and gain insight into other ways of life. And at Sewanee, it’s not just about verb conjugation; it’s immersion in a culture.

Members of the Sewanee Spanish faculty hail from the United States, Spain, and Latin America. They speak with a variety of accents and dialectical variants and conduct research in a broad range of geographical areas and time periods. You’re encouraged to study away in a Spanish-speaking country, but you’ll also have access to immersion right here on the Mountain. At the Spanish House, a half dozen or so undergraduate residents live in a communal setting and, overseen by a graduate native speaker, speak only Spanish in the house. The house also sponsors various cultural and social activities on campus.


Sewanee graduates secure positions in a variety of fields. Some you would expect, others are a bit of a surprise. Sewanee prepares you for your profession and your passion. Below is a sampling of recent graduates' first jobs.

  • Curatorial intern, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, New York.
  • Auxiliar de conversacion, North American Culture and Language Assistants, Oleiros, La Coruna, Spain.
  • Spanish teacher, Virginia Episcopal School, Lynchburg, Virginia.

Sewanee graduates enjoy extraordinary acceptance rates to top graduate and pre-professional programs–about 95 percent to law school and over 85 percent to medical school. Below is a sampling of where Sewanee grads continue their education.

  • M.S. in biomedical science, Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago, Illinois
  • M.S. in physiology and biology, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • J.D., Georgetown University School of Law, Washington, D.C.

Spanish Department's Study Abroad Programs

A Sampling of Courses


Programs of Study

Requirements for the Major & Minor in Spanish

Meet some professors


Manuel Chinchilla
Professor of Spanish & Italian, Chair of the Spanish Department

Gailor Hall 232, Ext. 1945

News & Events

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