Our nation’s—our hemisphere’s—second language is Spanish. Mastery of this language exemplifies our appreciation of diversity and our commitment to cross-cultural understanding.

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 job.

  • Curatorial Intern, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY.
  • Auxiliar de Conversacion, North American Culture and Language Assistants, Oleiros, La Coruna, Spain.
  • Spanish Teacher, Virginia Episcopal School, Lynchburg, VA.

Sewanee graduates enjoy extraordinary acceptance rates to top graduate and preprofessional 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.

  • Master's in Biomedical Science, Rosalind Franklin University.
  • Commerical Real Estate, New York Real Estate Institute.
  • Master's in Physiology and Biology, Georgetown University.

A Sampling of Courses


Programs of Study

Requirements for the Major & Minor in Spanish


Stephen B. Raulston
Professor of Spanish, Chair of the Spanish Department 


Gailor Hall 236, Ext. 1526

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