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Spanish Language and Culture

Spanish is the second most-spoken language in the United States and a means to communicating with more than 400 million people around the globe. As a Spanish major at Linfield, you will learn and interact with the cultural groups that speak Spanish within the U.S. and abroad while developing the critical intercultural skills necessary in our multicultural world. Develop long-lasting relationships and expand your outlook through study abroad in Spain, Chile or Ecuador.

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As a Spanish language and culture major at Linfield

you might take:

Spanish Culture and Civilization

Examine the interplay of culture, religion, and politics of the peoples of Spain from early beginnings to the present day. (GLSP 211)

Spanish for Bilingual and Heritage Learners

Learn about Latinx identity and acquire the formal Spanish needed for jobs where intercultural skills, translation, and interpretation services are in high demand. (GLSP 290/291)

Topics in Spanish Literature

Engage with major literary works to reflect on current issues in the Spanish-speaking cultures of Latin America, Spain, and the Hispanic Caribbean. Taught in Spanish. (GLSP 350)

Studying Spanish language and culture at Linfield

Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively in the target language of study on a variety of topics related to interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes, both in academic and professional contexts and in a culturally appropriate fashion


    Critically analyze through cultural products such as film, literature and other media, cultural practices and historical contexts that have shaped the target culture

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  • Develop an understanding of and respect for diverse values and perspectives as portrayed in the communities of the target culture


    Engage in civic learning to gain insights into global and local citizenry

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  • Reflect upon personal experiences in the target culture to transfer learning to new, complex situations.


    Develop a broad interdisciplinary approach and generate informed perspectives, insights, and/or appreciations to various cultural products, such as films, literature, and media from the target culture

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  • Engage societal issues in the context of the complex interdependent global systems and legacies and their implications for people’s lives and the earth’s sustainability

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  • Gain the critical insights into how global processes affect communities differently and how power is unequally distributed
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Intern in all areas of Spanish language and culture

Attending classes is only part of the language-learning experience. Internships give you the opportunity to communicate in your target language or interact with people from those cultures. Internships provide invaluable hands-on experience and further develop your professional skills.

Here are some examples of places where students have interned:

  • Museo de las Americas, Denver
  • Beyond Backpacks
  • Lutheran Community Services
  • McMinnville High School, English-Spanish interpreter
  • McMinnville Free Clinic, interpreting, translating and intake information
  • Yamhill Community Action Partnership (YCAP)
  • Unidos Bridging Communities

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Have questions about studying Spanish language and culture at Linfield? Reach out! We'd love to connect with you.

Masayuki Itomitsu
Masayuki Itomitsu
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Walker Hall
503-883-2475
mitomit@linfield.edu