What Is It?:

Spanish seeks to provide students with linguistic, communication, cultural and critical thinking skills in Spanish so they can pursue graduate school or careers which require them to apply these cross cultural competencies in an increasingly globalized world. Students take a sequence of basic core courses in language skills and content areas like linguistics, and literature and culture of the Spanish speaking world. Three features that define the program are the study of the language through content and in the context of other languages, community-based language learning, and the use of technology in the classroom.

Spanish is presented in contact with other languages and cultures: courses in Catalan, Basque and Quechua are offered; literatures and cultures are approached from a trans-Atlantic perspective; Portuguese, Italian and Spanish are linked when viewing cultural phenomena in Southern Europe or in Latin America; Latina/Latino Studies are discussed.

For more information, please visit the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.


  • Spanish 
  • Teaching of Spanish

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • Spanish basic language sequence through SPAN 140, 141 or 142
  • SPAN 204—Practical Review of Spanish

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Advertising Manager
  • Air Traffic Assistant
  • Banking Correspondent
  • Bilingual Educator
  • Bilingual Officers & Tellers
  • Civil Service Employee
  • Consultant
  • Cultural Administrator
  • Filmmaker
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Diplomat
  • Foreign Exchange Trader
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Foreign Service Peacekeeper
  • Foreign Service Specialist
  • Foreign Social Worker
  • Human Rights Activist
  • Human Rights Activist
  • Importer/Exporter
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Linguist
  • Missionary
  • Museum Curator
  • Negotiator
  • Overseas Personnel Mgr

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Account Supervisor
  • Advocate
  • Consumer Affairs Representative
  • Counselor
  • Culture Teacher
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Agent
  • International Law
  • Interpreter
  • Journalist
  • Linguist
  • Peace Corps
  • Relocation Manager
  • Spanish Studies Instructor
  • Teacher
  • Tour Guide
  • Travel Agent
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Writer

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as: 
    • Mi Pueblo Spanish Conversation Groups:  provides informal opportunities to practice conversational Spanish on campus.  By utilizing online resources, student facilitators arrange and maintain weekly 1-hour meetings with other students to talk about various topics in Spanish.  Through cultural events and volunteer activities, our goal is to improve participants’ speaking abilities as well as foster genuine social bonds between members of conversation groups and the Hispanic community.                 

Related Skills:

  • Acknowledging value systems
  • Adapting to other cultures
  • Assessing needs
  • Clarifying ideas
  • Collaborating as part of a team
  • Communicating between cultures
  • Comparing translations
  • Compiling/recording data
  • Determining the needs of others
  • Evaluating results
  • Explaining complex concepts
  • Gathering and Evaluating information
  • Interviewing non-judgmentally
  • Listening carefully
  • Organizing materials/information
  • Reading for content and structure
  • Reading/writing another language
  • Speaking to groups
  • Understanding cultural diversity
  • Understanding historical language change
  • Weighing values

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Spanish, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Spanish.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Spanish.  These organizations include American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, American Translators Association, and Modern Language Association.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Spanish, visit Undergraduate Programs.