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Contact Information

Elena Levy-Navarro
Department Chair & Professor
Phone: 262-472-5047
Location: Laurentide Hall 3110
Pilar Melero
Language & Literature Professor
Phone: 262-472-3173
Location: Laurentide Hall 3106
Elizabeth Lamb
Department Associate
Phone: 262-472-1036
Location: Laurentide Hall 3112


The mission of the Spanish section of the Department of Languages & Literatures is:

  • To encourage and foster interest in the Spanish language and the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
  • To provide engaging, expert instruction in the areas of Spanish language, including Professional Spanish, as well as in-depth study of the literatures and civilizations of the Spanish-speaking world.
  • To offer opportunities for further immersion and exploration through faculty-led travel study courses, course-embedded service learning opportunities, independent studies, internships, and faculty-supported student organizations.  

For more information and to learn about oppurtunities the program offers, seach the links under Program Resources.

How many times have you been told, "Minor or double major in Spanish; it will help you get a job"?

Of course, like any other advice given to you by well-wishers, there is some truth to this adage. Perhaps they failed to tell you that, in addition to Spanish classes, it is important what you do outside the classroom. Today, many students have caught the Spanish wave and are opting to minor or major in Spanish. At UW-Whitewater alone, Spanish is the largest minor. So how can you make your minor truly matter and stand out among the others who merely have it as a line on their resume? Take part in the many High Impact Practices that are available to you during your college years. Here are just a few:

  • Study abroad
  • Volunteer in the Latino/Hispanic Community
  • Join student organizations that allow you to speak and use Spanish
  • Intern with a company or organization that allows you to use your Spanish skills
  • Take classes that contain a Service Learning component
  • Do undergraduate research in or related to the Latino/Hispanic Community
  • Work as a tutor or supplemental instructor for a beginning Spanish class