Modern/Classical Languages Department

Prepare for a professional career in international business, a career in teaching, or graduate study in Spanish. A full complement of courses for a Spanish major or minor is available on the Winona Campus.

The Modern/Classical Languages department also offers intermediate and advanced French, as well as beginning courses in Greek, Hebrew, and Latin, as student interest demands.

Languages at Saint Mary's

Saint Mary’s offers a stimulating and comprehensive study of the language, literature, and cultures of the Hispanic world. All Spanish courses are conducted in Spanish.

Extracurricular Organizations

The department sponsors two extracurricular organizations: Alpha Mu Gamma is a national foreign language honor society. Cineclub, which is open to the whole Saint Mary's community, shows films from both Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries throughout the year.

Spanish Studies Abroad

Courses and internships are offered in Spain, Argentina, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Ecuador. These opportunities include semester or academic year programs as well as short-term options during the winter, spring, or summer.

Goals for Our Students

  • The ability to engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions
  • The ability to understand and interpret both spoken and written language on a variety of topics
  • The ability to present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of readers on a variety of topics


Dorothy Diehl, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Modern/Classical Languages - Associate Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM209

Campus Box: # 75

(507) 457-1531

Dorothy Diehl Ph.D.
Kyle Black, Ph.D.

Modern/Classical Languages - Assistant Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM201A

Campus Box: #1503

(507) 457-1536

Kyle Black Ph.D.
John Reed, Ph.D.

Modern/Classical Languages - Associate Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM211

Campus Box: #1478

(507) 457-1517

John Reed Ph.D.