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The Department of Spanish & Portuguese offers instruction in, and a scholarly home for, the languages, cultures, and literatures of the Iberian Peninsula and most of Latin America including Luso-Brazilian studies, as well as the large Spanish-speaking population of the United States. To accomplish these learning goals, we emphasize a student-centered approach to teaching so that our students can become proficient in all communicative skills and achieve a high level of cultural competence in Spanish and Portuguese. In our study abroad programs and in intermediate and advanced courses in Peninsular and Latin American literature (including Brazil) we develop students’ critical thinking skills through intensive study of literature, cinema, culture and history. In addition, to enrich our cultural and speaking curriculum, we strongly encourage students to take courses and/or minor in Anthropology, Area studies, Comparative Literature, Film studies, History, Political Science, and Race and Ethnic Studies. The study of literature has traditionally been allied with language study, and we carry on that tradition as well.

Language learning at CC aligns well with the stated values and goals of the college's Mission Statement:

  • honor the life of the mind as the central focus of our common endeavor,
  • value all persons and seek to learn from the diverse experiences and perspectives,
  • serve as stewards of the traditions and resources of Colorado College,
  • seek excellence, constantly assessing our policies and programs.