MSU Denver

¡Hola! Welcome to the Spanish Program.

Reasons to study Spanish

  • Spanish is part of the U.S. tapestry. According to a 2013 Pew Research Center report, an estimated 38 million people in the United States speak Spanish as their first language, and analysts predict the LatinX population will reach approximately 130 million in 2060—likely making it the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world.

  • Spanish is everywhere. There are some 400 million Spanish speakers worldwide, placing it second only to Chinese for total number of native speakers and the fourth-most commonly spoken language in the world.

  • Learning Spanish will help your career. Between 2010 and 2015, the share of U.S. jobs seeking Spanish speakers increased by 13%. In 2015, Latin America saw a record $179 billion of foreign investment and companies everywhere are expanding.

Source: Lead with Languages

We offer a major, a dual language major, K-12 world language teacher licensure, and a minor in Spanish.

Learn more about the Spanish major options and course offerings below.

Spanish Courses

Academic Catalog

Department of Modern Languages Catalog

Modern Languages Major Options Explained

Have questions about program options for this language?

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Contact the Modern Languages Academic Advisor, Alexis Magana for more information!

Schedule an advising appointment through SSC Navigate or contact Alexis by phone or email.

Phone: 303-605-5884

Email: [email protected]

Spanish Language Faculty

Full Time and Affiliate Faculty Members


Maria Akrabova, Ph.D.

Chair, Associate Professor of Spanish

[email protected] 303-615-0109

Oriol Casañas

Instructor of Spanish

[email protected] 303-615-1727
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Kelly Conroy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Spanish World Languages K-12 Education Liaison

[email protected] 303-615-0313
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Roberto Forns-Broggi, Ph.D.

Professor of Spanish

[email protected] 303-615-0426
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Wendy Gallagher, M.A.

Senior Lecturer, Spanish

[email protected] 303-615-0448

Jose García-Paine

Instructor of Spanish

[email protected] 303-615-1729

Graham Ignizio, Ph.D.

Professor of Spanish

[email protected] 303-615-0611

Meredith Jeffers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish

[email protected] 303-615-0633
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Lunden MacDonald, Ph.D.

Professor of Spanish

[email protected] 303-605-5623
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Enrique Mejía

Instructor of Spanish

[email protected] 303-615-1737

Cristina Míguez Cruz, Ph.D.

Professor of Spanish

[email protected] 303-615-0858

Dolores Moreno

Instructor of Spanish

[email protected]

Pilar Paulmeno

Instructor of Spanish

[email protected] 303-615-1742

María Rey-López, Ph.D.

Professor of Spanish

[email protected] 303-615-1054

Study Abroad

Camino de Santiago, Spain

SPA 390C Place, Space, and the Creation of Community: Understanding Self and Europe through the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage is a five-week study abroad experience in Spain.

Cadiz, Spain

Founded by the Phoenicians over 3,000 years ago, lays claim to the title of oldest city in Europe. Water surrounds Cadiz on three sides, and it’s only thanks to a land bridge – the ‘Puerta de Tierra’, constructed in 1755 at the height of the city’s prominence as a port of American trade – that travelers can arrive here without a seafaring vessel.


Spanish Club