Program Overview

In an increasingly global society, a second language is a must for success. Spanish is the 3rd most spoken language in the world; the 2nd most in the United States. In our Spanish Bachelor of Arts program, you will learn critical skills that today’s top employers are seeking in today's graduates. WCU offers a wide variety of courses in language (elementary through advanced), culture, linguistics, literature, and film, all of which are designed to prepare you for the 21st century global workplace. You will also gain access to many exciting resumé-boosting opportunities all year round: scholarships; studying, working, and traveling abroad; volunteering, internships; one-on-one advising; and participating in many of our extracurricular activities such as Spanish Club, the Global Hispanic Film Festival, research conferences, Alpha Mu Gamma and Sigma Delta Pi Honor Societies, job fairs, and more! Get Involved: Spanish Club Global Hispanic Film Festival Alpha Mu Gamma (foreign language honor society) Sigma Delta Pi (hispanic honor society) Study abroad



Spanish Major

Students interested in a major in Spanish may choose a track with or without teaching certification. WCU offers courses in Grammar and Conversation, Spanish and Latin American Cultures and Civilization, Peninsular and Latin American Literatures, Linguistics and Phonetics, and Film, among other advanced courses. The major consists of 2 core courses in English (in linguistics and cultural studies), 10 courses in Spanish, and a second language requirement of up to 4 courses (through the intermediate level, but only if not combining with teacher certification). The Spanish part of the major starts with SPA 202; students who place at a higher level take more of the advanced Spanish courses to complete the major. Up to 50% of credits for the major may be transferred credits.

Spanish Minor

Interested in a minor in Spanish? You can earn one by taking just 6 courses! You can start the minor in an introductory class, or at your proficiency level. Also, it is possible to complete up to half of the minor using AP credits, the credit by exam option, or CLEP, as well as study abroad or at other universities.

MA in Spanish Language and Cutlure (MALC)

The Masters in Languages and Cultures (MALC) is a combined program with Millersville University that offers a Spanish track (33 credits) in the study of culture, film, linguistics and literature, offered in face-to-face and online format. Summer courses and study abroad options available, too!


Program Highlights

Many of our students study abroad in Spain and Latin America, through faculty-led programs or by selecting a program through the Center for International Programs (CIP) on campus.

Recent locations include:

  • Barcelona 
  • Salamanca
  • Costa Rica
  • Mexico
  • Ecuador
  • Argentina
  • Chile

We are eager to assist you in finding a program that fits your academic needs, schedule, and budget. You may also develop language skills through an internship in the local community as an alternative immersion experience.


What can I do with this degree?

  • Teaching

  • Health professions

  • Social work

  • Law

  • Business

  • Language

  • Interpreter

  • International logistics

  • Translation services

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100% of our students who have graduated with a major in Spanish plus teaching certification have been placed in a teaching job immediately after graduation! This includes post-baccalaureate students who pursued certification after graduating from college. Students who complete internships are frequently hired by the employer.