Our department supports students in becoming global citizens, working to enhance their linguistic skills in the Spanish and Portuguese languages, deepen their intercultural competence and build their sense of civic responsibility.

We offer a wide range of language courses, including those geared toward the professions, and advanced multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary courses related to the Hispanic, Brazilian and Portuguese worlds. As active scholars and professors, our faculty carries out research and teaches in the areas of literature, cultures, history, linguistics, translation, visual arts, film, theatre and performance and creative and academic writing.

Beyond an advanced level of language proficiency, our graduates will have analytical and critical skills and the ability to think comparatively in a multilingual and increasingly interconnected world. These competencies are especially valued in the professional world and will help graduates thrive beyond Dickinson.

Students interested in Portuguese may also want to learn more about Dickinson’s Portuguese & Brazilian studies minor.

Contact Info


Margaret FrohlichAssociate Professor of Spanish

Department Coordinator

Elizabeth ZizziSr. Academic Department Coordinator






105, First floor, Bosler Hall Mailing Address

Department Features

Student Outcomes

Where Our Students Go From Here


  • AmeriCorps
  • Global Strategic and Innovative Strategies (GSIS)
  • Community Action Association of Pennsylvania
  • United Nations Population Fund
  • Peace Corps
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • Mujeres Unidas Avanzando
  • Madeira School
  • BAE Systems
  • SITE Program Lombardia
  • Teach for America
  • San Diego Padres
  • William J Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies

Graduate Schools:

  • Georgetown University
  • Universidad de Málaga
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Virginia
  • Miami University
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Miami
  • Boston University
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Vanderbilt University
Where Our Students Have Interned
  • House of Blues San Diego
  • Marie Claire
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • National Defense Fund/Community Coalition
  • Newark Academy Summer Session
  • Nos sobran los motivos (We Are the Reason)
  • PA Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition; CASA
  • Planned Parenthood (Keystone)
  • Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism (RAC)
  • TripAdvisor
  • U.S. Army War College - Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute
  • YSC Sports Marketing

Student Perspective

During the spring of my junior year, I studied abroad in Málaga, Spain. Looking back, this is one of the best decisions I made in college, because it helped me look at my life in a completely different way. I could not believe how much my Spanish improved and how in-tune I felt with the Spanish culture by the time the program ended. 

Olivia Lowden '19 (Spanish, neuroscience)

Please take a look at a series of videos our students have made about their experience while in these programs

Spanish & Portuguese News

Student Snapshot: Justina Warnick

Student Snapshot: Justina Warnick '20

"Dickinson provided me with the best mentors," says Justina Warnick ’20, who researched neurodegenerative disease and addiction and will attend med school on full scholarship.

Dickinson College Professors to Discuss Protests Around the World

Dickinson College Professors to Discuss Protests Around the World

A panel of five Dickinson professors representing a variety of disciplines and national backgrounds will address worldwide environmental activism and protest movements in different countries.

Dickinson College Spanish Club Students Raise Money for Local Agricultural Workers

Dickinson College Spanish Club Students Raise Money for Local Agricultural Workers

Students in Dickinson's Spanish Club hold fundraiser to help support migrant agricultural workers in Pennsylvania.

Dickinson College Alumna Works With Dogs to Help Conserve Wildlife

Dickinson College Alumna Works With Dogs to Help Conserve Wildlife

Using specially trained dogs, former biology and Spanish major Mairi Poisson ’16 works to conserve wildlife for future generations as a field research scientist for Rogue Detection Teams.

Education Abroad: Living and Interning in South America

Education Abroad: Living and Interning in South America

“I was able to immerse myself in not just one culture but actually in two,” says Alana Richards ’20, who had a bilingual winery internship in Mendoza, Argentina, while abroad for a full year.

A New Global View

A New Global View

“After taking these classes, I didn’t see the world in the same way,” says Meet Mollie Montague ’19, on her Dickinson experience as a sociology and Spanish double major.