Spanish majors study the language, culture, and literature of Spanish speaking countries. 

Spanish courses at DeSales promote understanding and respect for global cultural diversity and are complemented by optional extra-curricular activities, service learning opportunities, and study abroad experiences. Advanced courses position you to use Spanish in your field of choice to make you more competitive in the job market.

Our program emphasizes all four linguistic skills: listening, reading, speaking, and writing, as well as the development of good techniques in analytical and critical thinking. We also have courses in the art of translation.  


Student learning outcomes

Students who graduate from DeSales University with a major in Spanish will be able to:

  • demonstrate oral, listening, reading, and writing proficiency in Spanish;

  • read and analyze Spanish text critically, converse fluently, and produce complex compositions;

  • examine critically and compare cultural practices and artifacts, and place them within their historical and cultural contexts.

  • Spanish as a major

    A major in Spanish by itself or as a dual major provides a strong competitive edge in the current job market and opens the door to a large choice of careers in the business and professional world, including social work, law, international business, the health fields, government, library science, teaching, and graduate studies. It also instills a lifelong curiosity to learn about cultural and human differences, and a greater understanding of those differences. A Spanish major must take any ten courses, 200 level and above. One of the ten courses must be a 400 level course.

    Spanish as a minor

    A minor in Spanish consists of any six courses, 200 level and above.

    Teacher certification

    K-12 teaching certification is available in Spanish. The requirements are basically the same as for the Spanish major, but there are special course requirements that your advisor will discuss with you.  See the Department of Education for more info »

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