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Department of Spanish Studies


The McMurry University Department of Spanish Studies offers students academic excellence through the study of language, literature and culture. The department focuses on preparing students to become proficient linguistically and culturally in a multicultural, multiethnic and multilingual society; and to be able to communicate successfully. The Department will apply the National Standards for Foreign Language in the four basic skills of language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Special Programs and Opportunities

Each year, the outstanding students in elementary and intermediate language courses are recognized in the all-university awards ceremony. At the same ceremony, the Gertrude Looney scholarship is awarded to the outstanding junior language student, and the Elizabeth Myatt award is presented to the outstanding senior language student.

Sigma Delta Pi is a national Spanish Honor Society, with a chapter at McMurry, that distinguishes students who have completed 18 hours in Spanish (or have the equivalent proficiency), have a 3.00 average in Spanish, a 2.75 average overall, and who have completed at least one advanced course in Spanish literature or civilization.

More information about the Honors program can be found on the Honors Program webpage.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Spanish students have the opportunity to study abroad through the Department of Spanish Studies.

In the Classroom

The Department of Spanish Studies is led by a dedicated, experienced faculty member who is an expert in:

  • Foreign Language
  • Literature
  • Culture
  • Philosophy
  • and more!

Beyond McMurry

There is a world of opportunities in a wide variety of professions for someone who is bilingual. Spanish Studies go on to attend graduate school or careers in:

  • Business
  • Government Service
  • Social Services
  • Teaching
  • Christian Service
  • Citizenship