Department of Hispanic Studies


At CSB/SJU, you'll find course offerings in the Spanish language, as well as in Hispanic literatures, cultures and linguistics.

We also invite you to explore our programs abroad. Spanish accounts for over 54% of all foreign language studies nation-wide and the study abroad programs in the Spanish speaking world are becoming the favorite destination among university students.

Department Highlights

Hispanic Studies welcomes visiting professor

Visiting assistant professor, Emily Kuffner, will be joining Hispanic Studies faculty for the 2015-2016 academic year. Emily received her Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of California Davis. Her academic interests include the Golden Age (16th- and 17th-century) Spanish literature, women writers, the Picaresque novel, gender studies, cultural studies, and prostitution in literature. Emily has an office on St. Ben's campus in Richarda Hall and will be teaching HISP 112 and 212 this semester.

Welcome, Emily!



Hispanic Studies awards Spanish scholarship


Three College of Saint Benedict Hispanic Studies majors were recently awarded the Sister Renée Domeier Scholarship for Spanish for 2015-2016. The students are Anne Avestruz, '17 (above left), Kaitlin Duda, '17 (center), and Nicole Phillips, '17 (right). Congratulations, Anne, Kaitlin and Nicole!

The Sister Renée Domeier Scholarship for Spanish is available on an annual basis for Hispanic Studies majors enrolled at the College of Saint Benedict. Applications are accepted in the spring and are open to CSB majors who will be juniors or seniors the following fall. Recipients are chosen on the basis of scholarship, strength of academic purpose, and financial need. More information on the scholarship can be found here.

Photo by Julia Eckart '17
Julia Eckart Photography




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Featured Alum

Shannon McEvoy '12

I am currently living in Valparaíso, Chile, the sister city to Viña del Mar, where I studied abroad in 2010.  Valparaíso is famous for its graffiti and murals, and when I first saw them in 2010, they inspired me to become a muralist myself. Read more.


Learn more about substitute teaching opportunities in the Twin Cities metro area.

Theresa Curwick '17 (PS/HS) & Lauren Lingenfelter '17 (HS minor) are recipients of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Listen to the SJU student commencement speech by Luke Newgaard '15, Hispanic Studies/Political Science major.

Meet Austin Barkley '15
HS Major and new Fulbright TA

Alum Profiles
Shannon McAvoy '12
Matthew Arnold '08

Visit our Cultural Events page.

Click here for instructions for taking the Spanish placement exam.

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Contact Us

Bruce Campbell
Acting Chair (Fall 2015)
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University
(320) 363-2727

Elena Sánchez Mora
Department Chair
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University
(320) 363-3076

Mary Niedenfuer
Department Coordinator
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SJU: (320) 363-3093
CSB: (320) 363-5067