The Hispanic Institute at La Salle University fully supports La Salle University’s Mission as well as the Mission of the School of Arts and Sciences.
In search of a teaching and learning environment that promotes human dignity, the Hispanic Institute develops and provides graduate education programs guided toward achieving better understanding and human contact effectiveness among the Hispanic and non-Hispanic populations in the Philadelphia and surrounding regions, as well as throughout the nation as a whole. These programs are designed to better qualify professionals of all types to serve the growing Hispanic population in the region and the country at large. Since effective human communication requires both a linguistic and a cultural content, the Hispanic Institute’s programs specialize in these two principal fields of knowledge. The objective is for Hispanic and non-Hispanic graduate students to acquire professional-level linguistic skills with the linguistic pair, English/Spanish, and to improve their awareness of the cultural differences and similarities found among various Hispanic groups. Consequently, our programs are focused on language (Spanish) acquisition, the professionalization of that language in specialized applications, and the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. Human dignity requires that our graduate students, in their professional role as nurses, lawyers, teachers, or business people, are capable of providing services to their patients, clients, students, or in a culturally and linguistically appropriate fashion. The Hispanic Institute was created in order to make that goal achievable.