There’s more to becoming a global citizen than learning a language. True cosmopolitans understand that an international mindset can be achieved only through immersion. A Spanish degree from Rollins allows you to expand your vocabulary and your worldview through up-close, personal experiences. With options for native and non-native speakers, the goal of this degree is to create effective communicators—both through increasing cultural competence and sharpening critical-thinking skills.

You’ll practice reading, writing, and speaking Spanish both in class and on the ground everywhere from Spain to Argentina, developing key concepts in language and cultural fluency right at the source. The rich cultures of Spain and Latin America invite deep exploration into aspects of history, literature, art, and criticism as they relate to pre-colonial civilizations all the way to the modern Hispanic diaspora.

Our Spanish graduates work abroad and at home, serving as cultural ambassadors, teachers, and service leaders all over the world.

Why Study Spanish at Rollins

  1. The World is Your Classroom

    Expert faculty and community partnerships bring elements of Spain and Latin America into the classroom, while study abroad opportunities allow you to refine your language skills and experience the culture firsthand.

  2. Making a Difference

    We believe service is the most rewarding kind of hands-on learning. Rollins maintains deep ties to the Central Florida Latinx community, and our curriculum includes diverse opportunities to experience the culture while giving back.

  3. Personalized Approach

    Our small class sizes and one-on-one advising allow faculty to cater to your individual interests. Students often work with faculty mentors to publish research, present at conferences, and focus their efforts on independent research projects.

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Princess Dickens ’14

“Majoring in Spanish at Rollins provided me a great foundation for acquiring a host of valuable skills. I’ve not only been able to connect with people of different backgrounds, but also enjoyed a smooth transition to a more technical career. With Spanish, you’re not confined to just teaching or translating. It opens many doors of opportunity.”

Princess Dickens ’14

Computational Linguist, Lymba Corporation

Rollins Spanish Careers

Rollins Spanish grads are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most innovative organizations and prestigious institutions.

  • Jonathan Leeper ’19

    Jonathan Leeper ’19

    English Teaching Assistant, U.S. Fulbright Program

  • Lizzie Berry ’19

    Lizzie Berry ’19

    Language and Culture Teaching Assistant, IES CRUCES BHI

  • Meghan Oxford ’20

    Meghan Oxford ’20

    Soldier (SPC), U.S. Army

  • Andrea Prather ’16

    Andrea Prather ’16

    Management Consulting Analyst, Accenture

  • Alia El-Assar ’12

    Alia El-Assar ’12

    Congressional Outreach Coordinator, American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine

Real World Experience

Hone the knowledge and skills you’re developing in the classroom through internships, research, and service projects on campus and in our community.

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Community Connections Spanish students are encouraged to join the Latin American Student Association, which hosts social events and offers dozens of service and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Rollins is a member of the Omicron Nu chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.

Study Abroad Through Verano Español, one of the oldest and most prestigious summer study programs in Madrid, students immerse themselves in Spanish language and culture for six weeks. Yearlong and semester programs are also available through the University of Oviedo, Asturias, in Oviedo, Spain. And the opportunities don’t stop there: Rollins is a top producer of Fulbright scholars and offers plenty of support to students looking to apply to graduate programs around the world.

Real Research Each summer, Rollins gives students the opportunity to pair up with faculty members and participate in professional-level research projects, which often leads to opportunities to present at conferences and seminars around the world.

Students studying abroad in Madrid through Verano Espanol.

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Take a deeper dive into Spanish at Rollins by meeting your future professors, seeing our grads in action, and sitting in on a class.

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What It’s Like … to Study Spanish at the Source

Get a firsthand look at Verano Español, Rollins’ longest-running study abroad program, where students spend six weeks in Madrid studying Spanish and experiencing local culture.

Freeman ’22 Wins 2022 Sigma Delta Pi Study Abroad Award

Alexandria Freeman ’22 is the first Rollins student to be awarded a study abroad scholarship from the premier Hispanic honor society.

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Club Spotlight: Latin American Student Association

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Expert Faculty

Rollins Spanish professors take a personal interest in each and every student, getting to know their passions and helping guide them in their unique personal and professional pursuits.

Department of Global Languages & Cultures

1000 Holt Ave. – 2752
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Telephone: 407.646.2623

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Contact Global Languages Professors

  • Rosana Díaz-Zambrana

    Rosana Díaz-Zambrana, PhD

    Professor of Spanish

    Research interests: Latin American film and culture; gender and race relations; fictions of fear; and literary masterworks

  • Alberto Prieto-Calixto

    Alberto Prieto-Calixto, PhD

    Professor of Spanish; Spanish Program Director

    Research interests: Golden Age, Colonial, and Asturian studies

  • Patricia Tomé

    Patricia Tomé, PhD

    Professor of Spanish

    Research interests: Language acquisition; 20th- and 21st-century Latin American literature; Cuban and Cuban American literature and film; and modern Latin American and peninsular drama

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