• Overview
  • Faculty
  • Requirements
  • Advising
  • Career Tracks
  • Off-Campus Study



Ripon College offers a major and minor in Spanish. The study of foreign languages develops students’ understanding of and appreciation for the world through the study of foreign languages and literatures, linguistics and cultural phenomena. Students gain skills that allow them to communicate with native speakers; they learn critical and theoretical approaches to texts; and they build cross-cultural perspectives from which to evaluate global issues. Given the evolving nature of the modern languages, instruction at the College stresses oral communication, while using reading and writing to reinforce general language proficiency. The College offers ample opportunities for students to travel to Spanish-speaking countries, and a semester abroad is highly recommended for all Spanish majors.

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Geoff Guevara-Geer

Geoff Guevara-Geer

Associate Professor of Spanish

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Timothy Reed

Timothy Reed

Associate Professor of Spanish, Chair of the Foreign Languages and Cultures Department

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Requirements for a major in Spanish: 36 credits in coursework beyond the 100-levels including SPA 280, LIN 332, one survey course (SPA 321, 322, 331 or 332) and a 400-level seminar with a capstone project. Spanish majors also should consider taking courses in anthropology, art history, history, Latin American studies, literary criticism, and politics and government.


Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

Advising at Ripon.

Career Tracks

Foreign language study can lead to careers in a variety of areas, including: government, industry and commerce, travel and tourism, interpretation/translation, service, education, arts, media and entertainment.

Some French, Latin and Spanish graduates from Ripon College have gone on to graduate work in their languages, including Amanda McDonald, a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Others have continued their studies in other fields: Lucy Burgchardt ’10 received a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge in England and is enrolled in a Ph.D. program in communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Theresa Kedinger ’10, is studying nonprofit management at Marquette; Katy Heng ’10 is working on a graduate degree in international relations; Cassondra Meyer ’10 and Rachel Resop ’08 are in medical school; Tanya Garret ’06 earned a graduate degree in public policy; James Hein ’08 earned his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary; and Shanna Bude ’10 has earned a master’s degree from Garrett Theological Seminar. Larry Honaker ’11 and Elizabeth Knauz ’10 are teaching English in France.

Those heading directly into the workforce have taken many directions, including teaching, the law, accounting, law enforcement and business.

Off-Campus Study

Those students who study Spanish may choose from study abroad programs in Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Alicante, Argentina, Costa Rica and Brazil.

College faculty members regularly lead Liberal Arts In Focus study and other travel experiences, including recent trips to Castilla and León (Spain) in 2011, and Barcelona and neighboring sites in 2010.

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off- Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.