What is Spanish?
A major in Spanish will prepare a student to speak, understand, read, and write the Spanish language fluently. Spanish majors also study the history, literature, and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries and ethnic groups.
Is Spanish a Good Major / Degree for Me?
Are you attracted to Spanish culture? Do you like learning about history, art, and culture? Are you a good communicator? Do you enjoy being around and interacting with people? Does the idea of foreign travel excite you? Do you like to read and write? Do you like to do research and write long papers? Do you enjoy critical thinking? Does the idea of being immersed in a foreign language excite you? (You will likely take classes in which English speaking is not allowed!) If you’ve answered yes to some of these questions, then a Spanish degree might be in your future!
High School Classes Needed for a Spanish Degree in College:
- 4 English Credits
- 3 Math Credits
- 3 Science Credits
- At least 3 Social Studies Credits
- At least 2 Foreign Language Credits (preferably more)
Note: You do not have to take Spanish in high school in order to major in it in college. While high school Spanish classes will definitely give you an advantage, they are not required by most universities.
Common Spanish Courses in College:
- Language Lab(s)
- Latin American Literature
- Spanish Culture
- Spanish (multiple semesters)
- Spanish Literature
- Spanish Literature in Translation
Note: Most Spanish degree programs require students to spend at least one semester studying in a Spanish-speaking country.
Similar Degree Programs You Might Want to Explore:
- Creative Writing: the study of creating poems, fiction, nonfiction, scripts, mixed media art, and the avante-garde
- Comparative Literature: the study of literature from several different countries, cultures, and languages
- English: the study of English language and literature
- ESL (English as a Second Language) / MML (Multiple Language Learners) Teacher Education: a course of study that prepares individuals to teach Multiple Language Learners
- Liberal Arts & Sciences: an introductory study of literature, languages, philosophy, history, mathematics, and sciences
- Literature: the study of written works, literary movements, and the history of literature
- Peace Studies: the study of war, conflict, peace, and nonviolent conflict resolution
Individuals who earn a degree in Spanish often go on to careers in:
- Social Services
- Translating (Interpreting)
Note: Many students who earn a bachelor’s degree in Spanish choose to go on to graduate school.