Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Become a global professional with superior levels of Spanish speaking skills.

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“If you find language and culture exciting and you want to learn how to think with a global perspective, this major is a great match.”

Reed Peets (B.A. in Spanish and International Studies '22)

Sales Associate at TruckerCloud

About this Program

The Department of Modern Languages in the College of Liberal Arts offers the B.A. in Spanish. Spanish majors study the language, linguistics, histories, literatures, and cultures of Latin America and Spain. They develop language skills in listening and reading comprehension, speaking and writing, and gain multicultural competency.

The Spanish major empowers students to navigate complexity, diversity, and change, while developing talents that are highly sought in the workforce: effective communication, problem-solving, analytical thinking, worldliness, and the ability to work with diverse groups of people. Bbecome a global citizen with superior Spanish skills to make an impact on our interconnected world.

The Value of Spanish Proficiency

Spanish is the second most spoken language on the planet and is the primary language in 21 countries. Over 400 million people speak Spanish worldwide and the United States alone is home to 40 million Spanish speakers.

Our Spanish graduates have gone into careers in:

  • Education
  • Business
  • Research
  • Health care
  • Law
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Government
  • Banking
  • Tourism
  • Journalism
  • Translation
  • Foreign service
  • Cultural affairs
  • Publishing
  • Multimedia production

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    Program Information

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    4 years


    B.A. in Spanish

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    Required Credit Hours


    Degree Requirements

    See the information below on the Spanish major and minor. For a full description, visit the online catalog.

    Students in the B.A.in Spanish program complete 30 credit hours beyond the 200 level. Students must complete a minimum of 9 advanced credit hours in residence at UM and a maximum of 9 through an approved study abroad program.

    • Span 303: Conversation and Composition I
    • Span 304: Conversation and Composition II
    • Span 330: Introduction to Spanish Linguistics
    • Span 331: Intro to Lit and Literary Analysis
    • Three courses at the 300-level or higher
    • Three courses at the 500-level or higher with at least one literature and one linguistics course

    For a complete list of Spanish courses, visit the online catalog.

    Students pursuing a minor in Spanish must complete 15 credit hours of Spanish courses at the 300 level or above. A maximum of 9 credit hours for the minor may be taken through an approved study abroad program.

    • Span 303: Conversation and Composition I
    • Span 304: Conversation and Composition II
    • Nine credit hours of Spanish electives

    For a complete list of Spanish courses, visit the online catalog.


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    What can I do with a Spanish degree?

    • Senior VP at Bank of America
    • Owner of Pan American Solidarity
    • VP of Marketing at Aquila Commercial
    • Senior Communications Specialist at FedEx
    • CEO at Global Outreach
    • Public Relations at Exxon
    • International Non-Profit Developer at United Nations
    • Hospital Physician at Duke University
    • Intelligence Analyst for the U.S. Army
    • Associate Attorney at Linklaters

    Double Major: Spanish and International Studies

    Enhance your Spanish degree with a B.A. in International Studies, an interdisciplinary major that focuses on the connections between politics, economics, and culture at the international level. Apply to the Croft Institute by January 10. 

    Students in the Croft Institute:

    • Have access to small, discussion-based Croft courses with the Institute's professors who foster discussion, reflection and analysis.
    • Specialize in a foreign language and study abroad for at least one semester in a country where that language is spoken.
    • Can apply to Croft Scholars program, a prestigious scholarship which can be combined with other forms of financial assistance.

    Choosing a Minor or Second Major

    Bachelor of Arts students must choose a minor (or double major). Combine your study of Spanish with many other subjects based on your interests and career goals.

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