Major: Spanish
Related Major & Minors: 
International Business, International Relations
Program Director:
 Teresa Parrish Smotherman, Professor of Modern Language
Academic Catalogue

Wesleyan’s Modern Language Department offers both a major and minor in Spanish and courses are offered in language, literature, and culture. Comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing are taught at all levels. The Spanish major is very much in demand in the United States today; it also works well in combination with other majors. Examples include Spanish/business, Spanish/international relations, or Spanish/political science; a Spanish major may be combined with other minors, for example  French, English, or Business. The Spanish major consists of 34 semester hours beyond SPA 101 and 102. For information about specific courses offered, please see our Academic Catalogue.

Study Abroad
For a student studying the Spanish language, nothing can be more fulfilling that studying in the native country of Spain. Wesleyan College maintains cooperative agreements with numerous Study Abroad programs (IES, AIFS, CIEE, Travel and Education, and others) which provide access to a wide range of institutionally approved national and international colleges and universities in popular destinations that include the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Japan, China, Australia, Austria, Cuba, and Argentina.  Studying Abroad opportunities are available and encouraged for students making this career path. Click here for Study Abroad information.

Special Opportunities
The department encourages internships and volunteer projects which tap the language skills acquired in the classroom. Some of these activities may, at the discretion of a faculty sponsor, be applied for credit in the field studies category.

Wesleyan language students have the opportunity to work as tutors on campus and in local schools, volunteer in library reading programs, and intern with multinational businesses.

Students also have the opportunity to be inducted into the Phi Sigma Iota Honor Society.

Students who major or minor in Spanish or French or study German, Chinese, or Japanese often continue graduate and professional studies in education, international business or relations, journalism, medicine, biology or chemistry.  Others immediately enter the workforce.

Many Wesleyan graduates enter the workforce with unique qualifications and have combined major and minor programs in ways that separate them from other job-seeking candidates. Double major combinations which include one of the modern foreign languages are popular among students also studying political science, international relations, and international business. Students graduating with the international business major will have a combined competency in a modern foreign language (Spanish or French) along with economics, finance, marketing, management, accounting, political science, history, ethics and cultural awareness.  


Sara Lynn DesmetSarah Jacqueline Harrell DeSmet Professor of Modern Languages. B.A. (French and Spanish) Vanderbilt University 1990; M.A. (French Literature) Indiana University 1993; Ph.D. (Romance Languages) University of Georgia 2001. My professional interests include 18th-century women’s epistolary novels in French, especially Isabelle de Charrière, translation, and foreign language education. Tate

 sappiAlain-Richard SappiAssistant Professor of Modern Languages (Spanish/French). B.A. in Spanish and Latin-American Literature and Culture, Yaounde I-Cameroon, 1996; M.A. in Spanish Literature and Culture, University of Yaounde I-Cameroon, 1999; M.A. with thesis in Spanish Literature & Culture and Theory of Literature, University of Yaounde I-Cameroon, 2004; M.A in Spanish Language and Culture, Universidad Complutense de Madrid-Spain, 2007; Ph.D Cum Laude Contemporary Peninsular Literature and Culture, Universidad Complutense de Madrid-Spain, 2009. My research interests include 19th 21th Spanish literature/culture and theory of literature, narratology, semiotics, literature and society, psychoanalysis, comparative literature, and postmodernism. Tate 210.

Teresa SmothermanTeresa Parrish Smotherman Professor of Modern Languages. B.A. (Spanish) Valdosta State College, 1973; M.A. (Spanish) University of Georgia 1983; Ph.D. (Romance Languages) University of Georgia 1996. My research interests include both contemporary Latin American literature, specifically in the area of Liberation Theology, Peninsular Spanish poetry, the generation of 1950, and the influence of the Masons on Spanish and Latin American history and literature. I am also interested in second language acquisition and the teaching of applied linguistics. Tate