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

Shana KitnerAcademic 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: Alaina Clemence ’22

Student Snapshot: Alaina Clemence ’22

Spanish major Alaina Clemence ’22 seeks to heighten intercultural empathy through translation.

Student Snapshot: Charlotte Goodman

Student Snapshot: Charlotte Goodman '23

Several internships with Dickinson’s House Divided Project have created exceptional opportunities for Charlotte Goodman ’23, a double major in international studies and Spanish.

Student Snapshot: Ana Matovic ’22

Student Snapshot: Ana Matovic ’22

Like many young Americans, Ana Matovic ‘22’s interest in justice was ignited by "Law & Order." Now, as a DOJ intern, she’s learning what the legal field is really like—and she’s even more impassioned.

Twin Sister Graduates Reflect on Dickinson

Twin Sister Graduates Reflect on Dickinson's Impact

Kiara '21 and Kiana Smith '21 share their Dickinson story.

Fieldwork and Field Workers: Inside Dickinson

Fieldwork and Field Workers: Inside Dickinson's Innovative Class Connecting Students, Doctors and Migrant Workers

Learn the story behind one of Dickinson's best-loved classes, Spanish for the Health Professions, and how students make a difference in the lives of local migrant workers.

Dickinsonians Awarded Fulbright ETA Grants

Dickinsonians Awarded Fulbright ETA Grants

Two Dickinsonians recently received Fulbright grants to teach in South America. Alexandra Fosbury ’21 will work in Argentina, and Jacqueline Amezcua ’19 will teach in Brazil.