Spanish

Follow your passion for Spanish

The Spanish program focuses on the development of linguistic skills through active and applied learning, inside and outside of the classroom. Students develop skill sets that prepare them for a globalized workplace through the combined exploration of language and culture. The flexibility of the Spanish major allows many students to obtain an additional specialization in their area of interest, giving them experience that’s in high demand in the international marketplace.

A key aspect of our Spanish program is its application of hands-on experience within students’ chosen career paths. Our senior capstone is an individualized research project that connects with other students’ areas of study. Our semester program in Santiago, Spain, offers students an international internship opportunity. And our wide range of J-Term classes offers beautiful locations for an immersive cultural experience that builds language skills.

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A UNIQUE ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

The Spanish major addresses all aspects of communication: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational. In-depth studies of cultural perspectives, practices and products are an integral component of our curriculum.

  • We offer courses on Spanish for the professions where students may enhance their career options by taking classes in Spanish for criminal justice, health, and social services. These courses guide students in developing “real life” skills for the workplace.
  • A variety of rotating courses on topics such as asset mapping, translation, and interpreting engage students with Spanish-speaking populations and work to create action in Latino population centers across Iowa and within the city of Dubuque.
  • Our capstone Senior Seminar course offers students the opportunity to develop an in-depth research project relating to their future career goals. Recent projects and topics include:
    • Home advocate for the City of Dubuque’s Green and Healthy Homes Initiative for Spanish-speaking homeowners and/or landlords
    • Translations of scientific journals, short stories, as well as brochures for the City of Dubuque and Mercy Family Pharmacy
    • Research on insurance coverage in Latin America as well as immigrant services and mental health issues
    • Analysis of advertising in Latino markets in the United States
    • A study of the conflict between immigration policy and the health care system in the United States

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A DISTINCTIVE STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE

Semester study abroad options are available along with travel January-Term Course options which are based on an intensive 3-week course of study.

Semester-Long Study Abroad Program in Santiago, Spain

  • In this program all students complete internships in an area related to their second field of study including biomedical sciences, international studies, public relations, education, psychology, media studies, criminal justice, and more. Recent examples include:
    • Fundación Down Compostela / Hostal México / Grupo Compostela de Universidades / Fisiogal (Centro de fisioterapia)
  • We also have community partnerships at multiple sites throughout Santiago where students can volunteer.
  • Students on this program earn 12 credits toward the Spanish major and participate in home-stays in Santiago.

3-week January Term Course

  • Intensive language and culture instruction in locations including Mexico, Spain Argentina. Descriptions for recent and upcoming J-Term courses:.
    • January 2015 / SPA 237: El Camino de Santiago
      Ours are misty stone trails through the same green lands that legend says St. James the Elder traveled during and after life. We will follow the Route from Portugal to Santiago. Into this same time and place we will weave the theme of modern human migrations across the Galician landscape, learning the emigrant/immigrant history of recent years.
    • January 2016 / SPW 265: Remembering the Disappeared.
      Remembering the Disappeared is a study travel course to Buenos Aires, Argentina which will examine the “Dirty War,” a social reorganization process which ravaged the country from 1976 to 1983. We will visit monuments and public spaces that preserve the history and memory of the disappeared and their families, explore the ideology and violent tactics of the military regime governing Argentina during that time, and analyze the social, economic, and political resistance during the Dirty War.

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SPANISH PROGRAM COMPONENTS: EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Our sequence of courses and experiential learning component is conducive to completing a second major in another field. Some popular second majors are: Business, Biology, Criminal Justice, Education, Chemistry, English, Marketing, Media Studies, Psychology and Social Work.

Program Components

Incoming students take a placement assessment to determine the appropriate starting point for continuing their study of Spanish prior to their orientation session.

Core intermediate courses are followed by upper-level courses such as Mundo hispano and Major Writers. Topics offered in advanced courses on culture and civilization have included: La inmigración, El espacio urbano, Escritoras contemporáneas, and Latinos en Estados Unidos

Our sequence of courses is conducive to completing a second major in another field. Students have completed second majors in such areas as: Business, Biology, Criminal Justice, Education, Chemistry, English, Marketing, Media Studies, Psychology and Social Work. A Spanish minor is also available.

Experiential Learning

The Spanish program is focused on creating community partnerships and fostering student engagement with the Spanish-speaking community in Dubuque. Recent partnerships and activities include:

  • Dubuque Multicultural Family Center: tutoring, language classes, cultural events
  • The Presentation Lantern Center: education, advocacy, hospitality
  • Local Schools: bilingual tutoring, teaching Spanish

Weekly Spanish conversation tables offer students the opportunity to engage with Spanish students of all levels and practice their language skills in an informal setting.

You can customize your Loras Experience, with a semester study abroad option or with traveling abroad for January-Term Course(s).

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Major Requirements

Division of Language & Literature
Susan Stone, Ph.D., Chair

Placement Guidelines for Spanish
Students new to Loras with previous study of Spanish who are interested in Spanish must take the placement exam before registering for any course. The Admissions office will provide new first year and transfer students with the placement exam information prior to orientation and registration. Current students should contact the Spanish professor of the course in which they are interested to make arrangements to take the placement exam prior to registering for it.

Study Away Programs
Study in another country is a vital component of the language student’s college experience. There are many opportunities for Loras students to study outside the U.S. for a semester, a summer or a full academic year. Such study greatly enhances a student’s skills in the target language and brings the student into direct contact with another country’s culture(s). The Division of Language & Literature strongly encourages its students to participate in such programs. To apply courses taken in a study away program to the major or the minor, students must obtain PRIOR written approval from the chair of the Division, and must receive approval from the Study Abroad Coordinator in the Center for Experiential Learning. Students may not apply more than 12 of the 30 credits for the major, nor more than 6 of the 18 credits for the minor, from courses taken off campus.

Requirements for the major in Spanish (B.A.):
Students must obtain a final course grade of C or better in each core sequence course of L.SPA-210, L.SPA-220, L.SPA-270, L.SPA-280 and satisfy all prerequisites in order to proceed through the sequence. Depending on placement, students may begin the major at any point in the following Spanish course sequence as long as they satisfy all prerequisites, but must complete equivalent credits if placed above L.SPA-210. Only one L.SPW course or equivalent may be applied to the major. Only one L.SPA or L.SPW course offered in English (or one equivalent course from study away or transfer credits) may be applied to the major. No more than 12 credits from study away and/or transfer credits may be applied to the major.

Req Course Cr’s
1   L.SPA-210: Intermediate Spanish I 3
2   L.SPA-220: Intermediate Spanish II 3
3   L.SPA-270: Advanced Communicative Modes 3
4   L.SPA-280: Critical Analysis 3
Select one from Req 5
5   L.SPA-350: El Mundo Hispano 3
5   L.SPA-360: Major Writers 3
Select one from Req 6
6   L.SPA-450: Topics in Culture and Civilization 3
6   L.SPA-460: Themes in Literature 3
7   Elective: One additional L.SPA 200 or above 3
8   Elective: One additional L.SPA 200 or above, or one L.SPW course 3
9   Elective: One additional L.SPA 400 or above 3
10   L.SPA-490: Senior Seminar & Portfolio-PJ 3
36 total required credits


Requirements for the minor in Spanish:

Students must obtain a final course grade of C or better in core sequence courses that are applied to the minor (L.SPA-210, L.SPA-220, L.SPA-270, L.SPA-280). Depending on placement, students may begin the minor at any point in the Spanish course sequence as long as they satisfy all prerequisites, but must make up the credit if placed past L.SPA110. Only two L.SPA or L.SPW courses offered in English may be applied to the minor. No more than six (6) credits from study away and/or transfer credits may be applied to the minor. Students should declare a minor before more than half the minor credits have been completed.

Req Course Cr’s
1   Elective: One L.SPA course 3
2   Elective: One L.SPA course 3
3   Elective: One L.SPA course 3
4   Elective: One L.SPA course 3
5   Elective: One L.SPA course 3
6   Elective: One L.SPA or L.SPW course 3
18 total required credits
Course Descriptions

L.SPA-110: Beginning Spanish I
L.SPA-110 and L.SPA-120 are designed to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in Spanish at the basic level and place a great emphasis on the acquisition and practice of grammatical structures in Spanish. They also provide an introduction to the cultures of Spanish-speaking peoples. Prerequisites: Students with no previous study of Spanish or placement or equivalent and permission of instructor. 3 credits.

L.SPA-120: Beginning Spanish II
L.SPA-110 and L.SPA-120 are designed to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in Spanish at the basic level and place a great emphasis on the acquisition and practice of grammatical structures in Spanish. They also provide an introduction to the cultures of Spanish-speaking peoples. Prerequisites: L.SPA-110 with grade of C or higher or placement or equivalent and permission of instructor. 3 credits.

L.SPA-135: Basic Spanish for the Professions
Designed for students with some previous knowledge of Spanish who wish to enhance their chosen career paths with basic workplace Spanish, these courses emphasize communicative skills and “real-life” applications of specialized vocabulary and workplace practices in Spanish at the basic level. Each course will focus on the use of Spanish within one general professional context: business, criminal justice, education or health/social services. Prerequisites: L.SPA-110, with grade of C or higher, or equivalent and permission of the instructor. 1-3 credits.

L.SPA-210: Intermediate Spanish I
L.SPA-210 and L.SPA-220, sequential in nature, involve extensive and intensive reading, writing, conversation and grammar at the intermediate level. Students will study the cultures of Spanish-speaking peoples. This sequence of courses will prepare students for further study in Spanish and serves as the introductory sequence for the major. Prerequisites: L.SPA-120 with grade of C or higher or placement or equivalent and permission of instructor. 3 credits.

L.SPA-220: Intermediate Spanish II
L.SPA-210 and L.SPA-220, sequential in nature, involve extensive and intensive reading, writing, conversation and grammar at the intermediate level. Students will study the cultures of Spanish-speaking peoples. This sequence of courses will prepare students for further study in Spanish and serves as the introductory sequence for the major. Prerequisites: L.SPA-210 with grade of C or higher or placement or equivalent and permission of instructor. 3 credits.

L.SPA-235: Intermediate Spanish for the Professions
These courses are designed to enhance communicative skills and “real-life” applications of specialized vocabulary and work-place practices in Spanish at the intermediate level. Particularly appropriate for students with a Spanish minor or double major, each course will focus on attaining intermediate proficiency in workplace Spanish within one general context: business, criminal justice, education or health/ social services. Fulfills an elective requirement for the major or minor. Prerequisites: L.SPA-210 with grade of C or higher or equivalent and permission of instructor. 1-3 credits.

L.SPA-237: El Camino de Santiago
Ours are misty stone trails through the same green lands that legend says St. James the Elder travelled during and after life. We will follow the Route from Portugal to Santiago. Into this same time and place we will weave the theme of modern human migrations across the Galician landscape, learning the emigrant/immigrant history of recent years. How do the modern American pilgrim and the modern African immigrant move through this landscape; how are they received by the inhabitants of the place? Throughout the trip we will investigate the efforts of Cáritas Diocesana. On the Camino, we will be walking about 15 miles/day, maybe more. 3 credits. January term.

L.SPA-248: Spanish in the Schools Practicum
This course will be experiential in nature, providing pre-service teachers the opportunity to continue to implement specific methodological approaches in second language acquisition, classroom experience, and the opportunity to reflect upon the experience, both individually and as a group. Prerequisites: permission of instructor. 1 credit. May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

L.SPA-270: Advanced Communicative Modes
Higher level skill development and refinement in writing, speaking, and comprehension for students of Spanish. Includes: informal and formal writing (note-taking, drafts, style sheets, research strategies, paper formats) and informal and formal oral presentations (class discussions, group conversations, formal presentations). Prerequisite: L.SPA-220 with grade of C or higher, or placement or equivalent and permission of instructor. 3 credits.

L.SPA-276: La Frontera-AC
This bilingual version of the Advanced General Education course ,“The Latino Experience in the US-AC”, focuses on “la frontera,” the areas along the border between the US and Mexico and includes a travel component to Arizona, US and Sonora, MX. In this course, we will explore the history of both the US and Mexico and the cultural, economic, linguistic, political and social contexts of this globally unique region. Pre-requisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110 and completion of either L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135 or L.LIB-220. Completion of L.SPA-220 or equivalent and permission and interview with the instructor. 3 credits. January term.

L.SPA-280: Critical Analysis
Using a wide variety of source materials (both academic and non-academic formats), students will engage in activities and analyses that provide them with additional tools and techniques for becoming more thorough thinkers and communicators in Spanish. Additional emphasis is placed on utilizing and processing materials and content that enhance students’ understanding and appreciation of their own and other cultures. Prerequisite: L.SPA-270 with grade of C or higher or placement or equivalent and permission of instructor. 3 credits.

L.SPA-335: Advanced Spanish for the Professions
This level of courses in Spanish for the professions builds upon advanced level communicative competencies in Spanish with particular emphasis on translation and interpretation and bilingual proficiency. Each course will address one general professional context supplemented with individualized projects and materials that allow each student to more narrowly focus on particular specialized aspects of the general professional topic: business, criminal justice, education and health/social services. Prerequisites: L.SPA-280 with grade of C or higher or equivalent and permission of instructor. 1-3 credits.

L.SPA-338: Advanced Spanish for the Professions Practicum
Field placements, special community outreach projects and/or applied independent study related to Spanish for the Professions at the advanced level. Prerequisites: L.SPA-335 with grade of C or higher, or equivalent and permission of instructor. 1-3 credits.

L.SPA-350: El Mundo Hispano
This course examines the Spanish-speaking countries and cultures on both sides of the Atlantic from earlier centuries to modern times. Students will enhance their knowledge of persons and events and develop intercultural perspectives. Prerequisite: L.SPA-280 with grade of C or higher. 3 credits.

L.SPA-360: Major Writers
Representative authors from the Spanish-speaking world and works from various genres. Prerequisite: L.SPA-280 with grade of C or higher. 3 credits.

L.SPA-400: Advanced Grammar
Intensive practice in the subtleties of Spanish grammar and syntax. Prerequisite: L.SPA-280 with a grade of C or better. 3 credits.

L.SPA-450: Topics in Culture & Civilization
In-depth study of a particular issue or area of cultural studies. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Possible topics may include the Spanish Civil War, the Inquisition, Evita Perón, the Virgin of Guadalupe, music of Latin America and its influence in popular American culture. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: L.SPA-280 and one course at the 300 level. 3 credits.

L.SPA-460: Themes in Literature
Intensive study of a particular period, region, genre, or author. Topics will vary from semester to semester, and could include Golden Age, Chicano literature, short stories of Argentina, Sor Juana de la Cruz. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: L.SPA-280 and one course at the 300 level. 3 credits.

L.SPA-490: Senior Seminar & Portfolio-PJ
The capstone experience for students majoring in Spanish: in this course students undertake individualized research projects culminating in a formal oral presentation and a formal written narrative. A significant community connection component is required. Students also complete a College Portfolio that connects to the major that will aid Spanish majors in demonstrating the transferable knowledge and skills that they have developed through their liberal arts education at Loras College. Prerequisite: Prior completion of 24 credits toward the Spanish major. 3 credits.

RELATED COURSES: English, Spanish-Speaking World

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

After receiving your degree from Loras, your career could take off into one of these fields:

  • Investment Analyst
  • Pharmaceutical Representative
  • Physician
  • Senior Accountant
  • Professor of Modern Languages
  • Lawyer
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher
  • Educational Recruiter
  • Law Enforcement Officer
Loras College Department Staff

Andrew Auge, Ph.D.
Professor of English
563.588.7218 | Andrew.Auge@loras.edu

Dr. Auge teaches courses in World Literature, Medieval and Renaissance British Literature, Eighteenth Century British Literature, Modern Irish Literature, and Modern Irish & British Poetry. He has published articles on a number of contemporary Irish poets, and his book, A Chastened Communion: Modern Irish Poetry and Catholicism, was published by Syracuse University Press in Fall 2013.

When not reading Irish poetry, Dr. Auge enjoys watching the Chicago White Sox and going for walks with his dog in the woods. After many years of teaching literature, Dr. Auge still finds that it elicits a more intense form of critical thinking than any other discipline.

Naomi Clark, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
563.588.7402 | Naomi.Clark@loras.edu

Naomi Clark completed her doctorate in rhetoric and composition (with a minor in women’s and gender studies) at the University of Missouri in 2014. In addition to directing the Writing Center at Loras, Dr. Clark teaches courses in composition (College Writing) and public writing. Her composition courses introduce students to academic writing through exploring food production systems in the context of globalization, and focus on the connections between academic research and students’ everyday lives. Students analyze arguments, develop academic research skills, and write evidence-based responses. Her public writing courses include Rhetoric & Political Engagement, Writing for New Media, Grant & Proposal Writing, and Writing as Social Action, all of them courses that apply rhetorical principles to language practices in the twenty-first century.

In line with her teaching, Dr. Clark’s research traces the circulation of political discourse in the context of the twenty-first century’s network culture. Specifically, she is interested in the ways that ideographs (evocative political terms that reflect a society’s shared beliefs) evolve over time and bridge gaps between otherwise disconnected audiences.

When not working, Dr. Clark enjoys taking yoga classes, baking, travel, and reading Little House books to her two young children.

William Jablonsky, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of English
563.588.7499 | William.Jablonsky@loras.edu

William Jablonsky received an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University. While Professor Jablonsky’s main focus is fiction writing, he teaches a wide variety of courses at Loras. In addition to the introductory and advanced fiction workshops, he also offers courses in screenwriting, genre fiction writing (specializing in science fiction, fantasy and horror) and a J-term course focused on finishing your work and sending it to potential publishers.

More recently, Professor Jablonsky taught a course on deconstructionist superhero stories (that is, ones that break the traditional four-color, black-and-white mold). He is the author of a magical realist story collection, The Indestructible Man and a steampunk novel, The Clockwork Man.

Kathleen Jeffries, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spanish
563.588.7802 | Kathleen.Jeffries@loras.edu

Dr. Jeffries’ areas of scholarly and academic interest include Latino Studies, Spanish for the Professions, translation and interpreting, interdisciplinary cultural and literary studies, and critical theory.

Will Kanyusik, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
563.588.7727 | William.Kanyusik@loras.edu

Will Kanyusik teaches courses in Modern and Contemporary American and British prose and drama, as well as courses in college and critical writing. Dr. Kanyusik earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota with a focus in Modern American and British Literature. He also holds an M.A. in English from the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

His research focuses on the portrayal of gender and disability in twentieth-century literature and culture. He recently contributed a chapter concerning the depiction of disability in the American modernist novel to a disability studies anthology, and has also published scholarship on the depiction of disability in film.

Dr. Kanyusik loves the outdoors, and has been an avid bicyclist for most of his life. He is a voracious reader of all kinds of books, loves film and music, enjoys cooking, and always looks forward to spending time with his family in northern Wisconsin during breaks from teaching.

Kevin Koch, Ph.D.
Professor of English
563.588.7536 | Kevin.Koch@loras.edu

Dr. Koch teaches creative nonfiction courses in the Creative Writing major, with a focus on nature writing. His love for the outdoors carries over into his own writing, including his two published books: Skiing At Midnight: A Nature Journal from Dubuque County, Iowa, and The Driftless Land: Spirit of Place in the Upper Mississippi Valley. Dr. Koch also compiled and edited the book Rising With Christ: Catholic Women’s Voices Across the World, and his work has been published in magazines like The North American Review and Big Muddy. In addition, he writes a monthly outdoors column for a local newspaper.

When Dr. Koch is not teaching or writing, he can be found bicycling, hiking, canoeing or cross-country skiing.

Dana Livingston, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spanish
563.588.4989 | Dana.Livingston@loras.edu

Dr. Livingston works in Spanish literature (the subject of his Ph.D. from the University of Boulder), intercultural competency (with the Drexler Middle/Intermediate School, City of Dubuque), language proficiency (as an Oral Proficiency Interview and Writing Proficiency Assessment tester in Spanish, fully certified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), and in the Aldo Leopold Education Project, an interdisciplinary conservation education program. He also directs FutureTalk, a summer program offering underserved teens meaningful work in nature for a stipend, a rigorous conservation education program, and service-learning opportunities. Dr. Livingston serves on two local boards: Friends of the Mines of Spain and the Multicultural Family Center.

Kate McCarthy-Gilmore, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Director of Modes of Inquiry
563.588.7808 | Kate.McCarthy-Gilmore@loras.edu

Dr. McCarthy-Gilmore’s areas of scholarly and academic interest include colonial Latin American literature and gender studies. She is also interested in Asset Mapping, a sustainable means of community development, and she works with students on this topic in January-Term and semester-long courses.

James Pollock, Ph.D.
Professor of English
563.588.7225 | James.Pollock@loras.edu

Dr. Pollock teaches Poetry Writing, Advanced Poetry Writing, Poetry in Performance, Shakespeare Before 1600, Shakespeare After 1600, and Modern & Contemporary American Poetry. He also sometimes teaches Canadian Imagination (a postcolonial cultural studies course on Canadian culture) and the Senior Thesis Seminar in Creative Writing.

He earned an Honors B.A. in English literature and creative writing from York University in Toronto, Canada, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston.

Dr. Pollock is the author of the book Sailing to Babylon, a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award in Poetry, runner-up for the Posner Poetry Book Award, and winner of an Outstanding Achievement Award in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association; and You Are Here: Essays on the Art of Poetry in Canada, a finalist for the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award for a collection of essays. He is also the editor of The Essential Daryl Hine, a book of selected poems. His poetry has been published in The Paris Review, AGNI, Poetry Daily, the National Post, and other journals in the U.S. and Canada, broadcast on CBC Radio, and listed in Best Canadian Poetry. Several of his poems appear in anthologies, including The Griffin Poetry Prize Anthology 2013, Heart of the Order: Baseball Poems, and Earth and Heaven: An Anthology of Myth Poetry. His critical essays and reviews have appeared in Contemporary Poetry Review, Canadian Notes & Queries, Arc Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere.

In his free time, Dr. Pollock enjoys fitness training, saber fencing, and spending time with his wife and son and the family dog.

Visit him at www.james-pollock.com.

Susan Stone, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Chair of the Division of Language & Literature
563.588.7185 | Susan.Stone@loras.edu

Dr. Stone teaches a wide variety of courses in 19th-century American literature and culture, Gender Studies, Native American and African American Studies, Writing, and other areas, including courses on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, law in American literature and film, and her newest MOI—a pop-culture class centered on the hit TV show, “The Big Bang Theory.” Her most recent scholarly work, presented at the annual Modern Language Association conference and published by the University of Georgia Press, has focused on the legacies of women transcendentalists—both traditional and not—including Margaret Fuller and Mary Wilkins Freeman. In addition, she has been invited twice to present her biographical research about the earliest Native Americans to become Catholic priests and nuns at the annual St. Kateri Tekakwitha meeting, the oldest and biggest international conference for the study of Catholicism among Indigenous peoples.

Pedagogically, she believes strongly in class participation, hands-on learning, and having fun. For example, in her J-term class, students don’t just read and write about stories by and about Native American authors. They actually travel to and live on Native reservations, interacting with Native people and experiencing everything from the somewhat expected—that language, education, and storytelling are key to identity and that embracing Native heritage and US military service are both matters of tribal pride—to the extremely unexpected; for example, some tribes use more cutting-edge technology than we do, and some consider muskrat–which she and her students not only ate and found rather tasty but also learned how to cook–a culinary delicacy tied to survival during hard times. These things you just don’t get in a standard classroom.

When she is not preparing rustic (all organic!) wildlife meals over an open fire with her students, teaching, or attending to her responsibilities as the division chairperson, she loves working with Habitat for Humanity, the Literary Society, Dance Marathon, and the Rugby Club. She also enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband and her cat Freya.

Erin VanLaningham, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
563.588.7200 | Erin.VanLaningham@loras.edu

Dr. VanLaningham teaches 19th Century British Literature, Irish Studies, and Women’s Literature. Her British novel courses focus on the ways that detective fiction, the gothic, the Romance and the coming-of-age story transform and create the cultures of the period. She enjoys opportunities to put the books in context by using the Special Collections of the Loras Library, the Dubuque Historical Society, and contemporary film and fiction adaptations. Additional courses she teaches include World Literature and the Irish Gothic.

Dr. VanLaningham’s free time involves spending time outside—skiing, kayaking, gardening or reading.