Hispanic Studies

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

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

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 

María Jesús Iglesias-Barca


Office: McCone Building 125
Email: miglesiasbarca@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.6500


Spanish grammar and composition, Spanish advanced conversation

Stephanie Lain

Adjunct Professor

Office: Cubicle 3, McCone
Email: slain@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.6505


First and second language development, practical phonetics, Hispanic linguistics

Sabino Morera

Assistant Professor

Office: McGowan Building 200B
Email: smorera@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.6662


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

Pablo Oliva

Assistant Professor

Office: IIRC Building
Email: pablo.oliva@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.4173


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

Vicki Porras

Assistant Professor

Office: McCone Building 124A
Email: vicki.porras@miis.edu
Phone: 831.647.3541


Spanish Language and Culture; Pedagogy;  Business Spanish; Green Business, Second Language Acquisition, Environmental Topics in the Hispanic Countries and Sustainable Development