This major requires a minor.
There are two streams connected with this major, one for Second Language Learners (students who do not speak Spanish at home), and one for Heritage Students (students with some linguistic familiarity with Spanish in the home).
Study abroad is recommended but not required for this major.
The Spanish major offers small and student-centered classes. Students develop language proficiency and in-depth knowledge of a culture through coursework that covers Spain, Latin America, and the U.S. Latino population. A solid background in Spanish language and culture is an asset to students who seek careers in education, international business, translation and interpretation, hospitality and tourism, and more. Because Spanish is the second language of the U.S., having a degree in Spanish also automatically enhances any other career choice.
The Heritage stream offers differentiated second and third year courses especially designed for students who have some prior understanding of the Spanish language, having interacted with it in the home. Students will interact with others who share a similar linguistic and cultural background, as well as learn about the cultures and literatures of the Hispanic world.
Eligibility for 2nd-year Spanish is a requirement for entrance to the major.