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Spanish, Bachelor's , Minor


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 and prepare you for graduate school. 

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 Culture and Civilization, Literature, Spanish for the medical professional, and the art of translation.  


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Admissions Requirements

At DeSales, we not only look at your past academic achievement but also your potential for future growth to determine your admission.

We find that students who have demonstrated significant achievement within a demanding curriculum are best suited for academic life at DeSales. Quality of academic performance plays a critical role in the admissions decision making process. This helps indicate a student's potential for academic growth going forward. DeSales University welcomes applications from all qualified students regardless of race, religion, sex, national, or ethnic origin.

Application Checklist

  • Application Fee: None
  • Transcripts: Official High School Transcript
  • Standardized Tests: This program is SAT optional.
  • Recommendations: Completed Guidance Counselor Form and Teacher Recommendation Form

All materials can be mailed to:
DeSales University Admissions Office
2755 Station Ave.
Center Valley, PA 

Additional recommendations

High School Academics - Remember, there is no single preferred high school academic program, but a college preparatory course of study is highly recommended. Here's an example:

  • Four years of English
  • Three or four years of college preparatory mathematics
  • A minimum of two years of modern, foreign, or classical language
  • At least two laboratory science courses

Visiting DeSales - A personal, on-campus interview is strongly recommended, but is not required. We encourage you to visit so that you'll have a chance to learn more about DeSales, and we'll have the opportunity to learn more about you, too.

Learn more about Undergraduate Admissions & Aid 

When to Apply

We encourage you to apply early in your senior year. We use a rolling admissions system, which means you will be notified promptly about your admissions status—usually within four weeks of our receipt of your completed application.

Priority deadline for scholarship consideration is December 1 of your senior year.


Upon graduation, you 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 minor

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

Spanish as a major

A major in Spanish consists of any ten courses, 200 level and above. One of the ten courses must be a 400 level course.

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.  

Careers & Internships

In today's global world, employers seek bilingual employees in every profession. 

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. Social work. Law. International business. Healthcare. Government. Library science. Teaching. The list goes on and on.

Tuition & Fees

DeSales can help make your college expenses affordable through a combination of grants, loans, student employment, and scholarship resources.

View a comprehensive list of financial aid forms and undergraduate program information sheets

Cost of attendance for undergrads for 2024-2025


Resident Students

Direct Costs
Tuition - $45,000
Room and Board - $13,800
Mandatory Fees - $1,800
One-time Orientation Fee for First-Year students and Transfers - $200
Total = $60,800 (including first-year/transfer fees)

Estimated Indirect Costs
Books/Supplies - $1,711
Personal Expenses - $4,605
Total cost for resident students: $67,116

Commuter Students

Direct Costs
Tuition - $45,000
Mandatory Fees - $1,400
One-time Orientation Fee for First-Year students and Transfers - $200
Total = $46,600 (including first-year/transfer fees)

Estimated Indirect Costs
Books/Supplies - $1,711
Personal Expenses - $4,605
Transportation Costs - $1,908
Living Expenses - $2,298
Total cost for commuter students: $57,122


Direct Costs
Tuition - $45,000
Mandatory Fees - $1,400
One-time Orientation Fee for First-Year students and Transfers - $200
Total = $46,600 (including first-year/transfer fees)

Estimated Indirect Costs
Books/Supplies - $1,711
Personal Expenses - $4,605
Transportation Costs - $1,908
Living Expenses - $9,192
Total cost for off-campus students: $64,016
*First-year students are required to reside on campus or commute from home.

Parking Fee - $100

View a comprehensive list of financial aid forms and undergraduate program information sheets

Dual Degree Undergraduate-to-Graduate Programs

If you are enrolled in an undergraduate-to-graduate degree program — for example a 5-year, 3+2, 3+3, program — the undergraduate tuition and fees apply only to the undergraduate portion of the program. As you progress into the graduate phase of your program, graduate tuition and fees apply. Please see your respective graduate program for more information. 

The financial aid process may appear overwhelming at first glance, but don't worry, we'll help you through it.

Accepted students are automatically considered for scholarships upon receipt of a completed application and are awarded regardless of financial need. Funds for scholarships are limited, so we do encourage students to apply early.

Our comprehensive financial aid packages carefully explain the types and amounts of assistance —including federal, state, and institutional — that you may be eligible for to help cover education related expenses.

Total cost of attendance includes estimates for tuition, fees, room, board, books, and personal, transportation, and living expenses.

You can estimate your total cost of attendance with our Net Price Calculator

Christine Fischer 2017 - DeSales Medical-Spanish

Supplementing Medical Studies with a Spanish major was a door-opening decision for me. DeSales provided pathways to complete internships, study abroad, and build crucial fluency. Having a basis in medical Spanish, as well as experience in translation and interpretation, could not be more valuable as I move into the healthcare world, accepting my first job in the Lehigh Valley.

— Christine Fischer '17 , M.S.P.A.S. - Physician Assistant Studies (2018)