Year of Mexico 

Majors & Minors

Modern Language Degree

Program Overview

Students majoring or minoring in Spanish can expect to be immersed in the language and culture of Spanish-speaking countries, learning the history, culture, and beliefs of Spanish and Latin-American societies.

Highlights of the Spanish Major

  • Beginning, intermediate and professional courses in Spanish, and a wide variety of language, literature and civilization course options.

  • Travel opportunities all over the world, including J-term in Mexico.

  • Two active student organizations  - Spanish Club and Spanish Professions Association.

  • Students who test into a language as incoming freshman can earn up to 14 free credits.

Skills and Learning Outcomes

As a student in this program, you will learn to:

  • Develop skills in listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing in a target language.
  • Nurture your awareness and appreciation of the contributions of other cultures to contemporary society through the study of their history and literature.
  • Understand cultural sensitivity and respect through engagement with those cultures.
  • Improve critical thinking skills and reflect on the differences and similarities between target cultures and your own.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for a wide variety of careers in the modern language field. Pairing your language major with a major or minor in another field opens up many opportunities for working in those fields, both abroad and domestically. Below is a list of potential job titles and employers where graduates have found employment or internship opportunities.

Potential Job Titles

  • Copy Editor
  • Travel Writer, Travel Agent, Tour Guide Organizer
  • Freelance Writer
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Teacher
  • Journalist/Foreign Correspondent


  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Broadcast media companies (including television and movie industry)
  • Trade, professional, or consumer publications
  • Internet sites
  • Advertising agencies
  • Large corporations
  • Government agencies
  • Colleges and universities
  • Technical industries

Related Programs

Not what you were looking for?
Here are some related programs you may also want to consider:

Communication Studies
International Studies
Marketing Communications
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The median annual salary for an interpreter/translator is over


(Bureau of Labor Statistics OOH)