The current Program in Spanish began in the 1960’s with only one professor. By the early 1970’s, the program had become a department and offered a major and minor in Spanish. Dr. Nancy Newton was the first chair, followed by Dr. Lucila Mena and Dr. Enrica Ardemagni. In July 1997, the Department of Spanish (which also housed Italian) joined the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures, consisting of the Department of French (comprised of French and Arabic) and the Department of German (comprised of German, Bahasa Malay, Classical Studies, Japanese and Russian).
For the past two decades, the Program in Spanish was run by Dr. Herbert Brant, Dr. Marta Anton, and Dr. Rosa Tezanos-Pinto. During this time, the Program in Spanish began a dual degree with the School of Engineering, an undergraduate certificate in Translation Studies, and an Intercultural Health Certificate with the School of Nursing and Public Health. It now counts with a 4+1 program that allows students to enroll in the Master in the Teaching of Spanish (M.A.T.) during their junior year. The Program in Spanish also offers a Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies. Dr. Herbert Brant, Dr. Enrica Ardemagni, Dr. Iker Zulaica, and Dr. Rosa Tezanos-Pinto have been directors of the Graduate Studies section of the Program in Spanish.