Spanish Major

Gain broad knowledge and appreciation of the literature and culture of Spain and Latin America. Acquire proficiency in the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Get a true immersion experience through study abroad opportunities in Spain, Argentina, or Puerto Rico.

The Experience
Advanced courses take your language skills to the next level through the study of literature, theatre, film, and culture. Classroom discussion and interactive work in the Language Learning Center build on your strong foundation. Study abroad, Spanish Club, or by joining worship services at a local Hispanic parish are some of the opportunities available to improve your Spanish. Volunteer work is available in the local Latino community tutoring children learning English, or helping students in a local high school to strengthen their language skills.

The Requirements
Demonstrate your knowledge of the literature and culture of early and contemporary Spain and Latin America with the senior comprehensive. In the oral exam professors evaluate your answers both for linguistic accuracy and content. For the essay portion of the senior comprehensive exam you focus on two areas of your choice.

The Writing
Communicate with precision and style in Spanish. Work closely with faculty, sometimes revising and rewriting drafts, to develop strong writing skills. Completing a portfolio of papers fulfills the advanced writing proficiency requirement.

The Results
In today’s global economy employers give preference to job candidates with foreign language experience. Prepare for a variety of careers in education, communications, business, law, government, and a variety of other fields. Many Spanish majors continue their studies in graduate and professional programs around the country. If you’re interested in teaching Spanish, you can take courses leading to secondary education certification.