Hispanic Studies

Professor Porras' business Spanish class goes to Chile during spring break for a "green" business networking and immersive language learning experience.

Browse course samples and faculty profiles for Spanish language study within our graduate programs.

Sample Spanish Courses

Contemporary Language & Culture 
HS 310

Designed to provide advanced level students practical applications for school and work situations. Explores daily aspects of Spanish life and culture.

The Hispanic World Today
HS 370 
Examines the Hispanic world as it is today, geographically, socially, and economically. Develops correct usage in contemporary Spanish through the reinforcement of reading and speaking abilities.
Introduction to Business Spanish
HS 480

Developed for advanced students of Spanish who are interested in pursuing a career in the world of marketing, finance, management or accounting. Provides future professionals with the necessary linguistic, cultural and situational practice needed to be successful in the world of international business.

Rhetoric of Negotiations
HS 491
Advanced, intensive oral practice of professional Spanish through the use of presentations, debates, games and simulations of commercial and political negotiations

Hispanic Studies Faculty 

Adjunct Faculty
Office:
McCone Cubicle 8
Phone:
(831)-647-4185
Expertise:

I have completed postgraduate studies in didactics and linguistics in the Spanish Basque Country. I currently teach content-based Spanish language classes related to social justice, history, Latin American history, US-Latin American policy, international trade, economics, and international relations. I learned to speak Spanish and Basque fluently while living in Spain and teaching ESL(English as a Second Language).  Because of my strong belief in both grammar fundamentals and immersion, I also lived and worked in Puerto Rico and Chile--where my love for the ocean and Spanish combined beautifully. 

Assistant Professor
Office:
400 Pacific D207
Phone:
(831)-647-3085
Expertise:

My main area of expertise is second language development & technology. In particular, my dissertation focuses on Language Learning Social Networks (LLSNs) and the interchange of languages as part of the curriculum. In this field I like to see myself not only as a researcher but also as a practitioner, relentlessly willing to improve and develop spaces and resources for open online language learning. Other areas of research and professional experience include journalism, study abroad, web development, sociolinguistics, and film studies. 

Lecturer
Office:
McCone Building 125
Phone:
831.647.6500
Expertise:

Spanish grammar and composition, Spanish advanced conversation

Adjunct Professor
Office:
Cubicle 3, McCone
Phone:
831.647.6505
Expertise:

First and second language development, practical phonetics, Hispanic linguistics

Assistant Professor
Office:
McGowan Building 200B
Phone:
831.647.6662
Expertise:

Spanish-English translation, English and Spanish linguistics, Language and Translation Pedagogy

Assistant Professor
Office:
IIRC Building
Phone:
831.647.4173
Expertise:

Spanish language and culture, Latin American culture and society, language teaching pedagogy, second language acquisition (SLA), curriculum design