In the United States, more people speak Spanish than any other language except English. In the 21st century, Spanish has become a professional asset in an array of professions.
The Spanish major provides students with a strong foundation in language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing in a variety of language courses. As students advance in the major, they continue to enhance their knowledge through a variety of upper-level courses in culture and literature from Latin America, Spain and through study abroad opportunities.
Our language classes are small, especially in upper-level courses, and there is a personalized pedagogical approach between faculty and students. Faculty is dedicated and offers a diverse curricula and advisement to enhance students’ educational experience as well as to provide students with a multicultural perspective of the Hispanic speaking world.
The linguistic and communication skills acquired in the Spanish major, along with critical-thinking skills and the overall cultural awareness gained, prepare students to pursue employment in fields of teaching, translation and interpretation, government positions and others.
If interested, students can pursue a double major in Spanish and a different discipline in the schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Health Professions, and the Jandoli School of Communication. Students are encouraged to develop a plan for a minor in another area of study.
Students who graduate with a Spanish major also pursue myriad graduate degrees including the Ph.D. in Spanish as well as graduate studies in Hispanic studies or comparative literature, MBA, MPA, Master of Spanish and other advanced degrees.
Students who meet requirements can be inducted into the Spanish honor society Sigma Delta Pi.