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Spanish and Hispanic Studies

The Spanish and Hispanic Studies program prepares you to communicate effectively in Spanish; to understand the cultural perspectives, products, and practices of the Spanish-speaking world; and to act with intercultural competence. At all course levels, students engage in active learning through proficiency-based instruction.

Your Spanish language skills will not only boost your resume, they also can fulfill a growing need across many U.S. economic sectors. From agriculture to education to medicine, interpreters and translators are in increased demand. Spanish is an excellent co-major or minor with degrees in the sciences and business, especially if you’re interested in marketing and trade. Spanish is the language of 19 countries in Latin America, which are growing export-import markets for U.S. products.

What Will You Learn?

A rich tapestry of cultures, arts, history, and Spanish language instruction at all levels combine to enable students to thrive in an increasingly multicultural world. Enhanced with experiential learning, study abroad, and immersion opportunities, our students graduate with the skills sought after by employers.

Spanish is the native language of more than 400 million people. Nearly 41 million native speakers live in the U.S., making Spanish language skills a growing need across many economic sectors. Spanish is an excellent co-major or minor with degrees in the sciences and business.

Major in Spanish and Hispanic Studies: 31 credit hours. Minor: 15-18 credit hours. Courses vary depending on entry level, and include language, culture, and literature. For details, contact the department or consult the most recent Undergraduate Bulletin.

Course descriptions are listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin under the following headings: 


International Cultures

  • The Rene Fabien Scholarship is available to Spanish majors to provide financial assistance for summer, semester, or year abroad experiences.
  • Advanced students can apply for membership in Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society.
  • The Robert Corrigan Award is presented to the graduating major who has exhibited outstanding scholastic achievement in Spanish. The award honors Dr. Corrigan, who taught Spanish at John Carroll University from 1949 to 1987.

Katherine Gatto, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish  
Enrique Luengo, Ph.D.  
Associate Professor of Spanish  
Megan Thornton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spanish

Vitelia Cisneros, Ph.D.  
Lecturer in Spanish  
Yuliya Frid, M.A.  
Lecturer in Spanish  
Michael Khoury, M.A.
Lecturer in Spanish
Beatriz Matos, M.S./M.A.
Lecturer in Spanish
Rosa Mejia, M.A.
Lecturer in Spanish  
Flor Misra, M.A.  
Lecturer in Spanish  
Rebeca Monge Hidalgo, M.A.
Lecturer in Spanish

Click here for a list of courses being offered in Fall 2021.

Program Highlights

Claire McGilley Named Corrigan Award Winner

Claire McGilley ’21, a double major in Political Science and Spanish and Hispanic Studies, has been named the recipient of the 2021 Robert Corrigan Award in Spanish. The award, named in honor of Robert Corrigan, who taught Spanish at John Carroll University from 1949 to 1987, designates outstanding achievement in Spanish by a graduating senior.

McGilley has also been named a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant finalist.

She is currently employed by an international development firm, working on an international education, school-based violence prevention project as a contractor for the US government. She will be relocating to Honduras with this organization at the end of May. McGilley served as a full-time intern at the U.S. Embassy in Honduras during the Fall 2019 semester.

CMLC Spanish

Join us in celebrating the Class of 2021 Spanish and Hispanic Studies degree candidates!

2021 Spanish Majors

2021 Spanish Minors


CMLC Sigma Delta Pi

Spanish Honor Society Inducts 20 JCU Students

The Pi Lambda chapter of the Spanish National Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi, has inducted 20 John Carroll students as its newest members. To be eligible, students must have completed three years of study of college-level Spanish or the equivalent thereof, including at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic literature or civilization/culture at the 300-level, must have completed at least three semesters of college work, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 with a GPA of 3.0 in all Spanish courses taken.
Please join us in congratulating the 2021 inductees:
Allison Lampert
Amalie Kugajevsky
Caitlin Drake
David Prots
Elizabeth Cockerham
Emily Fagan-Zirm
Emma Medwid
Hannah Newsome
Isaac Palinkas
Jack Burton
Joslyn Sobek
Julia Davis
Kathryn O'Malley
Kristyna Nosek
Lucy Peloso
Katelin Lauren Avenir
Michael Moceri
Olivia Donadee
Raymond Flannery
Sarah Teckmyer

Lucy Peloso Beaudry

Spanish Minor Lucy Peloso Named Outstanding Graduate

Lucy Peloso is the recipient of John Carroll University’s Class of 2021 Beaudry Award, given annually to a graduating senior that exemplifies the following values of a Jesuit education: 

  • Leadership
  • Commitment to Christian values
  • Academic achievement
  • Service to the University and/or greater community

Peloso is a Biology major with minors in Chemistry and Spanish. She was a recipient of the Outstanding Student Leader Award in 2020 and has held several positions of leadership throughout her time on campus, including her roles as a Resident Assistant (RA), Immersion Intern, and through attendance to the National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference in Detroit during the summer of 2019.

Lucy has put her language learning skills to practical use over the past four years. She engaged in ESL classes during an immersion experience to Louisville, KY, and did service with Esperanza where we taught ESL classes to adult Spanish-speakers as part of Dr. Megan Thornton's Migrant Voices course. She has also volunteered with a summer school program at her home parish, Saint Anthony/All Saints in Canton, OH where she helped Spanish-speaking children prepare for kindergarten.

“I am deeply thankful to receive this award and to be a part of a community that inspires me to live out my mission here and beyond,” said Peloso. “My greatest joy has been through all of the incredible people and experiences that have shaped my time at John Carroll and the ways that I have been blessed to reflect on this. I am continually inspired and humbled by the dedication, resilience, and love of our community.”

Lucy has been selected to the Dean's List every semester, and she is an active member of the Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu.

Founded in 1951, the Beaudry Award is the only award given out at John Carroll’s annual commencement ceremony. Recipients selected for the award are voted on by graduating seniors. Learn more about Lucy and the Beaudry Award here.

2020 Corrigan Award in Spanish

Vinnie Giovannitti Receives Corrigan Award

Vincenzo Giovannitti, a senior from Venetia, PA, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Corrigan Award for Outstanding Spanish Major. Vinnie, whose minors are Chemistry and Leadership Development, plans to attend dental school in the fall. Join us in celebrating Vinnie


Saluting Class of 2020 Spanish Studies

Celebrating the Class of 2020

2020's graduating class of Spanish & Hispanic Studies majors and minors are accomplished leaders, enthusiastic volunteers, and dedicated students. Their diverse experiences at JCU have prepared them to confidently meet careers and academic pursuits in a multicultural world. Please join us in celebrating the Class of 2020.

Photo of students engaged with community members during experiential learning event.

Service Learning

Students in Dr. Thornton's SP 329 Migrant Voices class experience culture and community through weekly service learning activities at Esperanza, Inc. in Cleveland.