|| Major Areas of Study: SPANISH
The Spanish program at Muskingum University centers on the study of the Spanish language, the literary and artistic production of Spanish-speaking cultures, and increasingly, the practical applications of Spanish within the global economy.
Opportunities for Spanish students include:
- English Teaching Assistantship, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha UCLM, Spain. This paid, year-long assistantship involves teaching English to professors, administrative staff and students of UCLM. Each Lecturer will be assigned a faculty advisor that will be in charge of helping the Lecturer organize his/her classes and of offering any teaching advice.
- The Modern Language department assists students seeking paid or volunteer internships in Hispanic countries through various agencies and organizations.
- Students may arrange independent research projects (1-3 credit hours) to be conducted in Spanish.
- Senior seminar research projects center on a specific area of Hispanic literature, culture, or international business. Research writing and methodology are emphasized. Results are presented in an oral expose and a written paper. Students are encouraged to produce a paper that can be presented at national conferences.
Phi Sigma Iota is an honorary society for Muskingum students who excel in the study of languages, recognizing outstanding ability and high standards of students and faculty of foreign languages, literatures and cultures. It is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. Phi Sigma Iota has initiated over 60,000 members since its foundation in 1917, and it has created and supports numerous scholarship programs.
The Modern Language Department employs approximately ten language students as language lab assistants annually, including one student lab manager. In addition, the department employs a student assistant.
Muskingum University has an exchange program with the Blas Pascal University in Córdoba, Argentina and Universidad de Castilla La Mancha in Spain. Each year, Muskingum students may enroll for a semester or an academic year as full-time students in any of these universities.
(Visit the Study Abroad website to learn more about the many exciting opportunities for travel and study open to all Muskingum students.)
- John Jeffers ('13) graduated from Muskingum with a major in French and a minor in Spanish. After graduating, Jeffers took a job as an English instructor at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Toledo, Spain. Jeffers’s responsibilities included teaching six different courses of beginning and advanced English.
In addition to his English teaching duties, Jeffers was asked to help the Vice-Chancellery of International Relations for Castilla-La Mancha gain insight into American universities and study abroad. He also helped to form new international exchange programs, and worked as a private English tutor.
Jeffers chose Muskingum for the “small university atmosphere and close personal connections with the professors and staff.” He credits his professors with preparing him to “become a good professional and a good citizen of the world.”
- Kirsten Battaglia (’13), majored in International Affairs and Spanish. She is attending the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law in Washington, D.C. She is pursuing her interest in international human rights law and hopes to one day work for the State Department as an ambassador. Kirsten has a summer, ’14 internship with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C. The IACHR is a principal and autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (OAS) whose mission is to promote and protect human rights in the American hemisphere. The Organization of American States brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas and constitutes the main political, juridical, and social governmental forum in the Western hemisphere. The IACHR, where Kirsten is interning, defends human rights by representing victims of human rights violations, filing petitions and requests for precautionary measures with the Commission, advising civil society organizations that represent victims in the inter-American system, and working with government bodies and Ombudsmen’s Offices.
While a student at Muskingum, Kirsten was a Spanish House resident, Spanish Club President, an exchange student at the Universidad Blas Pascal in Córdoba, Argentina, and an accomplished vocalist and flautist. She is a member of the Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Phi Sigma Iota foreign language honorary.
- Andrew Body (‘13) graduated with a double major in Spanish and Political Science. He completed a Washington Semester at American University in the fall of 2011. During the summer of 2012, he also completed a summer language immersion program at the Spanish Language School at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.
- Morgan Brown (’09) is currently working on a Master of International Development at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Within the MID degree, he is majoring in Nongovernmental Organizations and Civil Society. Morgan is also working towards a graduate certificate in Latin American Social and Public Policy. Apart from his studies, Morgan is the president of a small charity in Pittsburgh called Purposeful Penny. The goal of the group is to provide education to underprivileged children by collecting lose change, or “pennies” through its fundraisers and donating this to its partner organizations. You can check them out at www.purposefulpenny.org
Career Possibilities for Spanish majors
- Public Relations
- Intelligence/Law Enforcement
- Travel and tourism
- Mission work
- Peace Corps
Recent Spanish graduates have pursued graduate degrees at:
- Purdue University
- Emory University
- Ohio University
- Kent State University
- McGill University
- Miami University
- Northern Illinois University
- Concordia University
- Palmer College of Chiropractic
- California University of Pennsylvania
- University of Pittsburgh
Senior Matt Mayforth will teach in Austria as Fulbright
Muskingum University senior Matt Mayforth will spend the
next academic year in Braunau am Inn, Austria, as a result of being awarded an
English Teaching Assistant scholarship through the 2012-2013 Fulbright U.S.
Student Program competition.
The Fulbright Program, established in 1946, is the largest American
international exchange program and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of
State. The prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition offers
opportunities for students and young professionals to teach in elementary and
secondary schools worldwide, and to undertake international graduate study and
advanced research. The Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture
is underwriting Mayforth’s Fulbright support.
As a student at Muskingum Mayforth studied abroad at Muskingum’s partner
universities in both Passau, Germany, and Toledo, Spain. Prior to enrolling at
Muskingum, he spent six weeks in Germany. On campus, Mayforth was involved in the German Club and Phi Sigma Iota,
the international foreign language honor society. In addition, he was a
resident of the university’s German House, and was actively engaged with
both German- and Spanish-speaking students who had travelled to Muskingum from
- Michael Besl (’12) has accepted a position as an English language assistant at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha’ Cuenca campus in Spain, for the 2012-2013 academic year. He previously completed a semester of study abroad at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha in Toledo, Spain, during the spring 2010 semester.
- Jourdon Leymon (’12) participated in a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico, with Esperanza International during the 2012 spring break. He completed a semester of study abroad at the Toledo, Spain campus of the Universidad Castilla-La Mancha as well as a summer program at Universidad Blas Pascal in Córdoba, Argentina (2009).
- Brandi Burkhart (’12) completed a semester of study abroad at the Universidad Blas Pascal in Córdoba, Argentina, during the spring 2011 semester.
- Suzanne Nichols (’12) participated in a summer 2012 mission trip to Germany and Belgium with News Release Basketball; this program combines basketball camps and Christian ministry. During spring break 2012, she participated in a missionary trip to Baja California, Mexico, and she completed a semester of study abroad at the Universidad Castilla-La Mancha in Ciudad Real, Spain, in the spring of 2010. While at Muskingum, Suzanne also served as an ESOL tutor for a local school system.
- Allison Maykuth (’11), won a prestigious Phi Sigma Iota award, and has been awarded the Dr. Henry Ward Church Scholarship in the sum of $2,500 (the highest stipend a Muskingum language major has ever received for winning a national PSI award). Allison majored in French and Spanish at Muskingum, studying in France and Mexico. She was recognized for “Distinction in the Major Capstone” for her Senior Seminar in Spanish, was a recipient of a Fourth-Year award (recognizing students in the top 5% of their class all four years at Muskingum), and was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the National Academic Honor Society. She served as President of Muskingum's Phi Sigma Iota chapter, and wrote for the Black and Magenta, Muskingum's weekly student newspaper. Allison is completing a Master's degree in International Affairs with a specialization in Intelligence and Security.