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Major Areas of Study: SPANISH SPAN

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.

Student Opportunities


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.

Study Abroad



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.)



Student Stories

  • Recent graduate Shayla Cohen ('17) was awarded the prestigious Dr. Marie-France Hilgar Scholarship from Phi Sigma Iota, honoring slected language students who promote "Friendship, Research, and Languages".

  • Kelsey Overley (’15) and Summer Setliff (’15) studied Spanish in the Summer 2015 program at the Universidad de Blas Pascal in Córdoba, Argentina.

  • Shayla Cohen (’17), Victoria Morgan (’17) and Paige Reiss (’17) studied Spanish in the Summer 2015 program at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha in Toledo, Spain.

  • Colleen Boggs (’17) served as an English Language Assistant at the Universidad de Blas Pascal in Córdoba, Argentina in the fall of 2015.

  • For the 2015-2016 school year, Meghan Murray (’15) and Lauren Thomas (’15) stuied in Toledo, Spain as English Language Assistants at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha.

  • Ryder Cunningham (’14) spent his first year of graduate studies in Spanish in Spain with Bowling Green State University’s program in Alcalá de Henares. He currently is a second-year Master’s student and Teaching Assistant in Spanish at the Bowling Green Ohio campus.

  • After graduation from Muskingum, Kirsten Battaglia (’13) studied International Law at American University, Washington College of Law, in Washington, D.C.. 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.

    John Jeffers
  • 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.”

    After Graduation

    Career Possibilities for Spanish majors

    • Translation/Interpreting
    • Journalism/Broadcasting
    • Public Relations
    • Intelligence/Law Enforcement
    • Sales
    • Travel and tourism
    • Mission work
    • Peace Corps

    Graduate Programs

    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


Recent graduates

Senior Matt Mayforth will teach in Austria as Fulbright recipient

MMMuskingum 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 abroad. 

  • 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. 



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