A language is a way of life, a way of looking at the world. Learn to communicate with our Spanish-speaking neighbors near and far by engaging Spanish language and culture.

Overview

Calvin's Spanish program is unique in that it is faith-driven and hands-on. A Spanish degree at Calvin means you'll be doing more than sitting through a lecture, it means getting involved, serving the community and traveling the world. All Spanish majors and minors are required to participate in at least one study abroad experience. And because our classes are small, you'll receive more personal attention from your professors.

Careers in Spanish

  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Translation/Interpreting
  • Business
  • Governmental/Non-Governmental agencies
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Attend weekly Spanish Chapels; practice your conversational repertoire in conversation groups; live in the on-campus Spanish house; study abroad in Spain, Peru or Honduras; connect with Hispanics in the local community through ESL classes, after-school programs, business organizations, and health clinics.

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Off-campus semester programs in places like Ghana, England, China and Hungary.

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Elsa Cortina Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,700
  • sophomore, junior, or senior
  • GPA 2.50+
  • financial need required; accepted into the Semester in Spain program
Edna Greenway Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,400
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need not required; submit an essay on how to integrate faith into teaching Spanish
  • Apply
Alan and Jan Pauw Family Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • financial need required; majoring in history, philosophy, or a foreign language
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
View all scholarship opportunities

Faculty

Marilyn Bierling

Marilyn Bierling
Professor
Director, Advanced Semester in Peru 2014
Department of Spanish
HH 403
mbierlin@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8540

Sandra Clevenger

Sandra Clevenger
Professor
Department of Spanish
HH 406
clev@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6358

Scott Lamanna

Scott Lamanna
Assistant Professor
Director, Interim in Mexico
Department of Spanish
HH 412
sgl8@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6355

Edward Miller

Edward Miller
Professor
Director, Advanced Semester in Spain 2015
Department of Spanish
HH 404
emiller@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6359

Marcie Pyper

Marcie Pyper
Professor, Department Chair
Department Chair
Department of Spanish
HH 405
mpyper@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6356

María Rodríguez

María Rodríguez
Assistant Professor
Director, Advanced Semester in Honduras 2015
Department of Spanish
HH 411
mrodrigu@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8641

Olena Shkatulo

Olena Shkatulo
Assistant Professor
Department of Spanish
HH 410
os24@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7641

Cynthia Slagter

Cynthia Slagter
Professor
Department of Spanish
HH 419B
cslagter@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6426

Dwight TenHuisen

Dwight TenHuisen
Associate Professor
Department of Spanish
HH 408
dtenhuis@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6638

Alisa Tigchelaar

Alisa Tigchelaar
Assistant Professor
Department of Spanish
HH 419A
atigchel@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7108

Pablo Villalta

Pablo Villalta
Assistant Professor
Department of Spanish
HH 409
pvillalt@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7717

Dianne Zandstra

Dianne Zandstra
Professor
Department of Spanish
HH 307
zand@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6353

Talk to us

Marcie Pyper Marcie Pyper
Department Chair
Department Chair
Department of Spanish
HH 405
mpyper@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6356

Admissions

Connect with your counselor via email, phone, or in person. They'd love to hear from you and answer your questions!

Or, ask us your questions on Facebook.

In the fall and spring our counselors travel throughout the world to meet with students—see if they'll be in your area!

Teach This

Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Spanish as a:

Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for:

Professor Robert Keeley talks about the education program.

Learn More

Explore Calvin's teacher education program.

Contact Marcie Pyper for more information about teacher certification in Bilingual Spanish

Contact Marcie Pyper, María Rodríguez, Dianne Zandstra, for more information about teacher certification in Spanish.

Read the teacher education guidebook for more detailed information about certification.

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