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School of Humanities & Behavioral Science

Spanish

A major in Spanish at Anderson University offers students a triple focus: language, culture, and literature. After successful completion of the program, majors will be equipped to do the following:

  • Comprehend and interpret written and spoken language.
  • Express themselves in the written and spoken word of that language.
  • Have a fundamental understanding of the literature and civilizations of the countries represented by the target language.
  • Value other cultures as fellow global citizens.
  • Develop skills to function successfully in cross-cultural environments.

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Program Options

How can I get involved in the Spanish program?

 

Major

The major is offered in a 3-year and 4-year track for graduation.

Complementary Major

A complementary major in Spanish gives you the strength and exposure of a full major, but without the requirement of additional study in a third language. It also requires you to complete a study abroad experience. Many students of pre-med, nursing, business, global business, computer science, ministry, and other majors complete this complementary major, as well. This gives you additional marketability when you begin your job search after graduation.

Minor

The Spanish minor requires students to take 18 hours of Spanish courses beyond the Elementary Spanish level, including Composition and Conversation.

Classes

What classes will I take?

  • Composition
  • Conversation
  • Civilization and Culture
  • Spanish-American Civilization

View the courses required for the Spanish Major.

View the courses required for the Spanish Complementary Major.

Careers

What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

  • Bilingual Educator
  • Foreign Exchange Trader
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Immigration Officer
Experience
  • Study Abroad programming with more than 30 locations around the world.
  • Tri-S trips (a short-term learning service program).
  • Local opportunities to interact with members in the community.
  • Language opportunities with Spanish chapel services and immersion nights (social events where no English is spoken).

OUR FACULTY

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  • Spanish
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Inge Baird

Assistant Professor of Spanish; Assistant Professor of German

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Inge Baird

Inge grew up in Brazil, South America, speaking Portuguese at school and German at home. At age 20 she began her college studies in the United States, graduating from Anderson University in 1985 with majors in Spanish and German. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Spanish from Ball State University. She has taught German and Spanish at Anderson for more than 25 years. Inge is married to David Baird, who teaches in the Department of Communication Arts at AU, and the couple has two adult children. In her free time, Inge enjoys walking, gardening, cooking, traveling and serving in a ministry to migrant children.

Professor Baird has served at Anderson University since 1987.

Contact Professor Baird:
irbaird@anderson.edu
(765) 641-4415

Assistant Professor of Spanish
Assistant Professor of German
B.A., Anderson University
M.A., Ball State University
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Carrie Clay

Assistant Professor of Spanish

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Carrie Clay

Professor Carrie Y. Clay earned her B.A. in Spanish Teaching from Anderson University in 1999 and her M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College in 2005. She has traveled and studied in El Salvador, Mexico and Spain.

Professor Clay began her teaching career at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis. A few years later she returned to her alma mater, AU, where she now teaches Elementary/Intermediate Spanish, Spanish Phonetics, Methods in Teaching Foreign Languages, Strategies for Advanced Spanish Proficiency and First-Year Seminar.

In 2012 Professor Clay was awarded the Collegiate Teacher of the Year award by the Indiana chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (IAATSP). In 2019, she was honored to receive a Site Manager of the Year award from College Mentors for Kids.

Professor Clay is married and has two children. She enjoys books, travel and music. She and her family attend Daleville United Methodist Church.

Contact Prof. Clay:
cyclay@anderson.edu
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Director, Critical Thinking Seminar
B.A., Anderson University
M.A., Middlebury College

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Dr. Timothy Fox

Chair, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures; Professor of Spanish

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Dr. Timothy Fox

Dr. Fox is currently the Chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures. His area of specialization is Latin American short fiction, but he enjoys teaching all levels of Spanish. Dr. Fox feels blessed to work at AU with a gifted and dedicated group of departmental colleagues. He has led student travel groups to Spain, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, traveling, biking and watching college sports. His greatest satisfaction is seeing AU language grads take their skills and knowledge into a variety of professions and make a difference in their community and the world. "We know that our MFLC graduates are doing well and doing good around the world. As teachers, business people, programmers, doctors, nurses, lawyers, linguists, social workers, missionaries and so much more, AU language grads are being light and salt in a world so in need of God's love."

Dr. Fox has served at Anderson University since 1998.

Contact Dr. Fox:
trfox@anderson.edu
(765) 641-4433

Chair, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Cultures
Professor of Spanish
B.A., Anderson College
M.A., Anderson School of Theology
M.A., Ball State University
Ph.D., Purdue University

Dr. Brandan Grayson

Associate Professor of Spanish, Director of the First Year Experience Seminar

Dr. Brandan Grayson

Dr. Grayson teaches all levels of Spanish language as well as courses having to do with the art, history, and literature of Spain. She is an enthusiastic reader of Golden Age Spanish Theater, and loves introducing students to the various manifestations of cultural identity in Spain. She also researches early modern Jesuit school plays. Additionally, Dr. Grayson directs the First Year Experience Seminar, where she enjoys challenging students to identify how their core values will impact their lives, both at AU and beyond. In her spare time, she is an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Spanish tortillas.

Dr. Grayson has served at Anderson University since 2011.

Contact Dr. Grayson:
blgrayson@anderson.edu
(765) 641-4432

Associate Professor of Spanish
Director of the First Year Experience Seminar
B.A., University of Tulsa
M.A., Notre Dame
Ph. D., Washington University in Saint Louis