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Beyond teaching you one of the most widely spoken languages on the planet, our Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish program immerses you in the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. The major focuses on the development of speaking, reading, listening and writing skills so you can converse in Spanish on non-specialized and everyday life topics, as well as read and understand Spanish in specialized fields. Faculty also enable you to achieve cultural awareness and understanding through the study of major fictional and nonfictional works both in Peninsular and Latin American culture.

Our goal is for you to become respectful and responsible participants in today’s culturally diverse global society. One way to accomplish that is through study abroad. Students have the opportunity to sharpen their Spanish-speaking skills while studying abroad in Latin America and Spain. One of YHC’s study abroad partners, Pompeu Fabra University, is a modern and highly prestigious public university widely considered to be one of the best academic institutions in Spain and on the European continent.

The Department of Literature and Languages at YHC also offers a Spanish minor program as well as Spanish and French courses for non-majors at the elementary, intermediate and advanced levels. This allows you to develop proficiency in more than one language. All courses are taught in the original language and within the cultural context of its native speakers, including literature, film, performing arts and popular culture.

You will achieve a level of proficiency in Spanish that will allow you to succeed both academically and professionally. Foreign language skills are a valuable asset in a wide range of careers such as journalism, international business, nonprofit work, immigration, education, law, health care, and translation and interpretation.

Minor Program

The Department of Literature and Languages offers a minor in Spanish (15 credit hours) to students who wish to focus on a particular area of Hispanic studies while pursuing another major field. The Spanish minor program enables students to reach a level of proficiency in Spanish language and culture suitable for both academic and professional purposes. 

The program focuses on the development of the student's speaking, reading, listening and writing skills so that the student will be able to converse in Spanish on everyday life topics, as well as to read and understand Spanish materials in specialized fields such as business, legal studies and medicine.

Spanish is a major world language. It is spoken by over 400 million people in over 20 countries and is the second most spoken language in the United States. Hispanics have recently become the largest minority in our country and will comprise a quarter of the US population in just a few decades.

For these reasons, Spanish is the most studied foreign language in the U.S. and there is a high demand for people who can communicate in Spanish, as well as for people who can teach it. Market studies show that a minor in Spanish will increase a student's chances of finding employment in many areas, including business, education, health care, public relations, translating and interpreting, criminal justice, government, international relations, media, religious ministries and social services.

View the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish curriculum.

View the Minor in Spanish curriculum.

Questions? Contact Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of Foreign Language Dr. Diana Santiago.