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College of Arts & Sciences



Amy Sneegas

Assistant, Department of Humanities & University Ministry

A Whole New World.


Central to the liberal arts education, the study of language provides greater insight into your own language, exposes you to another, diverse culture, and expands your exploration of the human experience. 

Through courses in the Spanish language, literature, history, and civilization, Spanish students are introduced to the Spanish language, Spanish-speaking societies, and multiple facets of the Spanish and Latin American world . These include social, gender, and racial issues; politics; literature; film; and music. Students also explore U.S. Latino culture.

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Global Citizenship

Spanish students are required to study abroad, to fully immerse themselves into their language studies. Baker makes studying abroad easy, allowing most Baker financial awards and scholarships to be applied directly to study abroad for one full semester.

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Exceptional Experience


Practice Makes Perfect

Recognizing that practice is essential in acquiring fluency in a world language, students at all levels are invited to gather at la mesa española in the university dining hall every week to eat and speak Spanish. For those without meal plans, lunch is provided by the Department of Humanities.

Celebrate Schoolwide

Each November, the Department of Humanities and Office for International and Heritage Students hold a series of events to celebrate international diversity. Campuswide, the week features international cuisine served in the dining hall and events focused on the cultures of our international students.


Our Spanish majors are prepared for these jobs:

  • Foreign Service Officer
  • English Exchange Professor
  • Translator and Interpretor
  • Writer and Journalist
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The Department of Humanities gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship
  • Dr. Irene Murphy Memorial Scholarship
  • Etta and Orin Murphy Scholarship
  • Kahle Endowed Scholarship
  • Jefferson-Greiner Scholarship
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Spanish Course Descriptions

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Katya Soll

Associate Professor of Spanish

B.A., B.S. University of Evansville, M.A. Syracuse University, Ph.D. University of Kansas

Expertise: contemporary Latin American theatre; Southern Cone literature and cultural studies; dictatorship, repression, and memory; music and dance

Office: Case Hall 105F

Sandra Schumm

Professor Emerita of Spanish

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of Kansas

Expertise: 20th- and 21st-century Spanish narrative, Hispanic civilization and culture, Hispanic narrative by women, Distinguished Scholarship Award recipient, 2005

Office: Case Hall 103

Dr. Jean Trujillo

Instructor of Spanish

B.A. Wheaton College, M.A. University of Illinois at Chicago, Ph.D. University of Kansas

Expertise: Latin American literary and cultural studies

Office: Case Hall 105B

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