Dr. Laura Barbas-Rhoden

Professor of Spanish


Recipient of the Covington Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015.

Environmental Humanities: Ibero-American World (approved as addition to the curriculum in 2020)

This transdisciplinary environmental humanities course considers imaginations of the world by diverse communities and creators in Latin America and the Iberian peninsula; key theoretical approaches and concepts for the study of these imaginaries; and texts from diverse cultures in the Ibero-American world.

Read more about how our first Ibero-Am Enviro Hum class elevated the conversation about climate on campus in the Wofford ES newsletter Fierce Green Fire here: FGF_Vol 11_Issue 5_Ibero Am EH

A syllabus for an environmental literature (narrative; eco-testimonial novel) course can be found in this article published in Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature.

Advanced Spanish with Community-Based Learning (SPAN 303)

Launched in 2002 in collaboration with community and school leaders in a Title I elementary school district, Advanced Spanish with Community-Based Learning involves more than 60 first and second-year Wofford students in civic learning in the diverse communities of Upstate South Carolina. The course is designed to amplify efforts for educational equity in Spartanburg and to foster students’ Spanish language learning in four skill areas (reading, writing, speaking, listening), intercultural understanding, and civic knowledge. Awarded the SC Commission on Higher Ed award for Excellence in Service Learning for the 2003-2004 academic year.

Read more about the process of developing SPAN 303 here in this essay published in PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement.

Read more about how a Wofford Bonner helped shaped SPAN 303 into what it is in this blog post.