The study of language, literature, and culture is central to a liberal arts education, one of the key disciplines in the humanities, and a vital component to developing skills that will be widely applicable in a dynamic, globalized world. Since the emergence of Jesuit education in the sixteenth century, the studia humanitatis have been at its heart. Like all humanities majors, Spanish challenges students to address pressing and enduring questions about the human condition. Humanities majors learn how to: ask insightful questions, think flexibly, and develop comfort with diverse approaches to new problems; conduct, synthesize, and interpret research; and communicate effectively. These habits lead to meaningful lives and fulfilling occupations after the university.
Spanish majors develop proficiency in the spoken and written language. The program supports the study, analysis, and critical interpretation of the cultures of the Hispanophone world. It prepares students to operate personally and professionally in a broad range of Spanish-speaking environments in the USA and internationally.
Virtually all Spanish majors combine studies in language and culture with a second major or a related minor that align with personal or professional goals. All language students should incorporate study abroad opportunities into their plans.
Our majors go on to use their skills in the classroom, the corporate and non-profit worlds, health professions, social services, and many other arenas. Undergraduates who wish to be licensed as teachers should consult with the department education coordinator and with the School of Education regarding specific requirements for language teacher licensure.