Are you curious about other cultures? Feel like you can help people by using your language skills? Interested in taking your career goals to the next level by getting a degree in Spanish?
Through this interdisciplinary study of language, literature, culture, history and contemporary issues, you’ll gain a significant global understanding that will make you a sought-after candidate in many career fields. Consider combining Spanish with another major or minor to give you an additional edge in the workplace.
Spanish students often serve in the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA following graduation, and complete a number of different internships while at Central, including:
Central's Spanish major is designed to provide students with a variety of ways to improve their language skills. On-campus courses include laboratory sessions with native or advanced Spanish speakers, and students can choose to live in the Spanish language house. All courses aim to increase language proficiency and cultural awareness. Students are also required to study abroad in Spain or Mexico.
First-year students who have studied Spanish in high school take a placement exam to determine the appropriate course level for them to begin their Spanish studies at Central. Students can earn “credit by placement” for testing in beyond the first semester and completing the appropriate course with a C or better.
Learn more about Spanish in the course catalog.
Kathy Korcheck, B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Spanish, interest areas include: contemporary literature, film of Spain, documentary film and memory studies
Allison Krogstad, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Professor of Spanish, interest areas include: Latin American studies, indigenous studies, Latin American literature, colonial studies, creative writing and service learning
Samuel Mate-Kodjo, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Spanish
Oscar Reynaga, B.A., M.A. Lecturer of Spanish, interest areas include: Latin American and Latina/o literature, Mexican and Chicano/a literature and cultural studies, film theory and media studies
As a Spanish major, you’ll be required to spend at least one semester studying abroad. So in addition to learning to speak, listen, read and write in Spanish, you’ll have the opportunity to gain personal knowledge about the various cultures that make up the Spanish-speaking world, including Granada, Spain, and Merida, Yucatan. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.
Central offers Spanish scholarships of up to $1,500 for all students (majors and non-majors) interested in foreign language studies at the college level.
Consider staying in the Language Houses in the Wing International Center. They offer a unique living alternative for language majors, those returning from a semester abroad or anyone who wants a chance to use French, German or Spanish on a daily basis, celebrate native holidays, share experiences and sample diverse foods. International language assistants from Mexico, Spain, Austria and France also live in these townhouses along with Central College students.
The Weller Center for Business and International Studies houses faculty offices and classrooms for the modern language departments. The $3.9-million building completed in 1999 includes an interactive computer language lab to supplement traditional methods of language learning through phone exchanges, chat groups, recording and listening activities.
Brett Meyer ’07 has won a national reputation for being one of the country’s best professional golf instructors.
Doing research in Costa Rica is a revelation, say the first members of Central’s newest research program.
For a small group of language assistants, study abroad means leaving behind their home countries for Pella, Iowa.