As a Spanish major, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Spanish culture and language, which in turn provides you with additional perspectives to assist you in discovering and answering God’s calling in your life.

Students are taught using the Communicative Approach in order to incorporate real language in a real context. Listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills are taught with the goal of meaningful communication.

Spanish is the world’s second most-spoken language in terms of native speakers and has more than 400 million total speakers worldwide. Graduates will possess the active communication skills, cultural awareness, and historical perspectives to effectively interpret and translate. A Bachelor of Arts in Spanish will strengthen your resume. Evidence suggests that learning a second language can increase cognitive function, leading to better grades and rewarding careers.

Learning Objectives

Graduates of this program will:

  • Understand the basic concepts of Spanish linguistics, including phonology, morphology.
  • Display a level of spoken and written proficiency necessary to function in an environment where Spanish is the exclusive language.
  • Demonstrate the ability to translate written and spoken word from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English.
  • Gain a general understanding and awareness of Spanish-speaking cultures and civilizations.

Career Opportunities

As a Spanish major, you can explore a wide range of career fields such as:

  • Banking/Finance
  • Civil Service
  • Customs
  • Diplomacy
  • Education
  • Human Resources
  • Immigration/Naturalization
  • Journalism/Broadcasting
  • Language Analysis
  • Law
  • Law Enforcement
  • Linguistics
  • Mission Work
  • Retail
  • Translation/Interpretation

Study Abroad

Students are also able to study abroad during the Fall or Spring semester. Students will consult with their academic advisor and the off-campus study program coordinator to discuss the application of credit towards degree requirements.

Some examples of destinations are:

  • Spain
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Mexico

Graduate Outcomes

With a global economy and a large number of non-English-speaking people in the United States, employment growth for interpreters and translators is expected to increase much faster than other career fields. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the interpreter and translator profession is projected to increase by nearly 18% between 2016 and 2026.

Courses in the Major

Prerequisites for the Spanish Major

  • First Year Spanish I & II

Requirements for the Spanish Major

  • Second Year Spanish I & II
  • Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition
  • Spanish Vocabulary and Usage
  • Service Within the Hispanic Community
  • Spanish Translation and Interpreting
  • Internship
  • Study Abroad
  • Senior Capstone
  • Choose 12 credits from the following classes:
    • Latin American Civilization
    • Spanish Phonetics
    • Special Topics
    • Teaching Foreign Language Methods
    • Any upper division Spanish course domestic or abroad
  • Approved immersion experience within a Spanish speaking culture

Courses in the Minor

Prerequisites for the Spanish Minor

  • First Year Spanish I & II

Requirements for the Spanish Minor

  • Second Year Spanish I & II
  • Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition
  • Spanish Vocabulary and Usage
  • Service Within the Hispanic Community
  • Spanish Translation and Interpreting
  • Choose one course from the following:
    • Latin American Civilization
    • Spanish Phonetics
    • Teaching Foreign Language Methods
    • Any upper division Spanish class domestic or abroad
    • Teaching Foreign Language Methods
    • Any upper division Spanish course domestic or abroad
Program Director:
Jenee Cazares, M.A.
Assistant Professor of Spanish and ESOL

M.A. Central Washington University B.A. Central Washington University Assistant Professor of Spanish and ESOL Jenee Cazares …