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Spanish majors build foundational skills by studying language, culture, history, and literature. They also develop meaningful, lasting relationships with people from other cultures through experience in the local Latinx community along with a semester abroad in Spain or elsewhere.

Why should I study Spanish?

Spanish isn’t just a foreign language anymore—it’s currently the second most commonly spoken language in the U.S and the national language in 21 countries in Latin America and Europe. Spanish is a high-demand language in many fields, including education, business, healthcare, communication and marketing, and psychology. By developing a deeper understanding of culture and identity, you’ll be equipped to engage with Spanish-speaking people from all over the world. 

What can I do with this degree?

Spanish is an incredibly versatile major and pairs well with other fields of study. Our students often double major in biologybusinesschemistryeducationnursingpsychology, or reconciliation studies. The semester abroad experience is a highlight of the program.

Spanish majors go on to careers in:

  • Business
  • Healthcare and counseling
  • Communication and marketing
  • Immigrant advocacy
  • Community development
  • Missions
  • Teaching and educational leadership
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Consulting

What skills will I develop?

With a degree in Spanish, you'll be prepared to:

  • Engage meaningfully with other cultures
  • Use critical theory to unpack issues of power, race, gender, and social class
  • Practice empathy and openness
  • Adapt to new places and situations
  • Thrive and establish lasting relationships in Spanish-speaking cultures
  • Understand your own culture and other cultures
  • Think critically
  • Communicate effectively in writing and speaking

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Double major

The Spanish degree course requirements are flexible, allowing students the opportunity to combine their Spanish language with other disciplines as second majors or minors.

Study abroad

All Spanish majors complete one semester of study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. Our department offers popular programs in Spain and Guatemala, where groups of students immerse themselves in language and culture. Both programs offer internships that allow students to develop professional and ministry skills. Additional semester opportunities are available through the Office of Off-Campus Programs/International Studies. 

Engage locally

We provide opportunities to engage with the vibrant Latinx communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Students may attend Spanish-speaking churches, sit in on classes at schools, participate in community outreach, tutor English learners, and partner with other local organizations to use their Spanish in real-world contexts—including Urban Ventures, CLUES, and One Reason.

Find community

When you're part of a small but dynamic academic department, you find your home. Our students develop close relationships with faculty and each other through informal gatherings, tutoring services, and teaching assistantships. 

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