Assistant Professor of Spanish
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
toll-free: (800) 456-9009
Welcome to Spanish at Eckerd College
Robert (Sean) Fitzpatrick '15 has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Mallorca, Spain. During 2015-16, Sean will be conducting research on the effect of climate change on seagrass ecosystems in the Mediterranean.
Charlotte Benziger '14, has been invited to serve in the Peace Corps as a Secondary Education English Teacher in Ecuador.
Jessica Kruger '14, her piece on "Impactful Community Development" was published in the CIEE newsletter.
Connie Vilomar '12, has been awarded a Fulbright to Brazil for 2013-2014.
Meghan Cohorst '06, has been selected to be this year's Margret Rigg Women's Resource Center Outstanding Alumna Award and will be participating in several events during this year's Alumni Weekend (March 5-8)
Spanish is the official language in 20 countries, the 3rd most spoken language in the world and the 2nd most common language in the USA. By majoring in Spanish at Eckerd students become proficient in a language spoken by about 500 million people and knowledgeable of the cultures shared by them. Our faculty actively engage students both in a small class setting and outside the classroom.
Our students take full advantage of the Spanish language and cultural influence felt in the Tampa Bay area. There is also ample opportunity to practice the language on campus, since Spanish native speakers come to Eckerd to seek a degree or to study English at our ELS Center. A tutoring program also offers support outside the classroom. Many of our students polish their language and culture skills by studying in a Spanish-speaking country for a semester or a year through ISEP or CIEE; by completing a semester of study at our own Latin American Study Center in Peru; or by taking a Spring Break service-learning trip or a language immersion winter term course.
A degree in Spanish from Eckerd provides excellent preparation for graduate study, while also making students more employable and ready to participate in our increasingly global society. Many of our majors typically combine their study of Spanish with other fields of study. The importance of the study of Spanish is evident in the diverse career paths chosen by our majors and minors.