Spanish and Cross-Cultural Studies

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About Spanish and Cross-Cultural Studies at Keuka College

As a Spanish and Cross-Cultural Studies minor, you will gain critical language skills for an increasingly multicultural world.

In line with Keuka College’s focus on hands-on learning, you will also have the option of completing a Field Period™ in a Spanish-speaking country or environment within the United States.

Spanish and Cross-Cultural Studies Program Highlights

Small, Personalized Classes

Small classes ensure students get the chance to practice using Spanish to develop skills for authentic communication.

Gain Fluency

You will further develop basic concepts and cultivate conversational skills in the fastest-growing language in the country.

A Flexible and Dynamic Curriculum

The variety of classes at Keuka College makes the Spanish minor easy to integrate with any major.

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Program Overview

Adding the Spanish and Cross-Cultural minor to your major provides you with a key to communicating with one of the fastest growing populations in the country. You will engage in a dynamic communicative approach to learning about language, culture, and history, giving you an edge when entering a job field where being bilingual is highly valued.

As the Hispanic population continues to grow, the need for more bilingual Spanish speakers in diverse environments will increase. Enhanced by Latin American and cross-cultural studies, your fluency in Spanish will improve outcomes in fields such as occupational science, social work, and business.

The Faculty

You will receive first-hand knowledge from Dr. Malia Spofford Xavier, who holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from Cornell University. She has lived, studied, and researched in Spain and Peru, and for several years taught in Minas Gerais, Brazil, at the Federal University of Ouro Preto. Prior to her academic career, she served as an officer in the US Navy. She is fluent in three languages (English, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese). Her research focuses include the development of human rights discourse in the 16th century and critical approaches to language learning and community engagement.

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Digital Literacy

Digital Learning at Keuka College, or [email protected], is more than just teaching you how to use technology. It’s about teaching students regardless of major how to understand technology, how to create technology, and how to adapt technology to meet their needs.

In classes such as Literature and Society in Latin America, students use apps like Padlet to collaborate in class in real time, and work to create an interactive literary map through Google Maps. In Spanish for the Professions, students create a professional blog in Spanish reflecting on their skills, experience, and goals for a bilingual career.

Global Education

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, with over 500 million speakers around the globe, many of whom live in the U.S.

The Spanish minor’s motto is “Your Gateway to the Global.” Spanish minors are encouraged to study abroad and have intercultural experiences in the United States. The minor provides an essential skill set for intercultural communication. Faculty-led Field Period™ opportunities to Spain and Latin America will begin in 2017.

On campus, students have the chance to live, study, and interact with students from many countries. Joining the Keuka College International Club (KCIC) or the Multicultural Student Association will further enhance your global interconnectedness.


Students can participate in Spanish Conversation Club, cultural activities and performances, documentary and movie showings, and other events, like Latin American food tastings. We are actively expanding extracurricular opportunities and integrating them with existing programs through student clubs, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the International Students Office. In September and October, Hispanic Heritage month will include a number of cultural events, workshops, and additional opportunities to learn more about Hispanic cultures.

Award Opportunities

Dr. Aileen Lougee Prize in Foreign Language

This award is presented for outstanding student achievement in foreign language studies.

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