Associate Professor of Spanish, Dr. Lea RamsdellOur vision is to promote multicultural and international education and provide opportunities to develop a command of foreign languages. Students are encouraged to relate to people of different cultures and to communicate successfully in a variety of contexts through a curriculum based on nationally recognized pedagogy and established requirements.


The Department of Foreign Languages supports the liberal arts and science mission of the university by its emphasis on the intellectual enrichment of individuals through the study of languages, literatures, and cultures, while addressing the practical goal of providing  a broad constituency with the linguistic and cultural knowledge necessary for responsible citizenship in an era characterized by rapid new developments in global communication.

The curriculum prepares students for language acquisition and written and oral proficiency for a variety of purposes; from career-related language and cultural skills to the preparation for teaching or graduate study to personal cultural and linguistic enrichment. Through the rigorous curriculum offerings of major and minor program in different languages, the department strives to enable students to relate to people of different cultures and to communicate successfully in a variety of contexts.

The curriculum offers in-person learning, web-enhanced courses and experiential learning through study abroad immersion, practicum, internships, and independent study opportunities. The variety of teaching modalities, moreover, emphasize the importance of service learning and civic engagement in the development of leadership skills including critical analysis, problems solving, teamwork, effective oral and written communications necessary in the 21st century workplace.

The department faculty are scholars committed to excellence in teaching , to maintaining, advancing and disseminating knowledge of languages, cultures and literatures in their subject matter, and to maintaining and advancing their own pedagogical and technical skills as teachers in a foreign language.


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• Dr. John C. McLucas will be giving a talk on the “Redoubtable Dons” series. Friday, September 26, 4 p.m., CLA 4118

• The Central American Children of the Drug Wars: A Refugee Crisis, Or An Immigration Crisis?
(New York Times Talk Series) Tuesday, September 9, 12 p.m., UU 305

• The Height of Law, the Height of Injustice: Columbus' Book of Privileges and the Spanish Claims on the New World
(Hispanic Heritage Month).
Wednesday, September 17, 6 p.m., UU Loch Raven

The Distance Between Us, Featuring Reyna Grande (One Maryland/One Book selection)
(Hispanic Heritage Month)
Thursday, September 25, 7 p.m., WVC Ballrooms















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