A Spanish degree from Central opens the door to a variety of careers and graduate study programs. Many students choose to combine Spanish with another major or minor to give them an edge in the workplace. Graduates have found careers in teaching, business, international management, accounting, banking, social services and government agency work as well as many other areas.

In addition to learning to speak, listen, read and write in Spanish, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the many cultures that make up the Spanish-speaking world. Through the study of language, literature, culture, history and contemporary issues, Spanish majors gain a global understanding that makes them sought-after candidates in many career fields.

of spanish majors study abroad
  • Spanish is the second most commonly used language in the world
  • 10% of Central students complete a Spanish minor

The Real World


Successful Careers

  • Program officer, Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Special Agent, Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Division of Criminal Investigation
  • Spanish teacher, Ankeny Centennial High School
  • Spanish teacher, Taejon Christian International School in South Korea
  • Legislative staff, Illinois Capitol Building
  • Auxiliar de Conversacion, Junta de Extremadura, Zafra, Spain
  • Product cost accountant, John Deere Power Systems
  • Child/dependent adult protective assessment worker, Iowa Dept. of Human Services


  • Spanish club
  • Spanish language house
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Graduate Placement

  • American University, Washington, D.C. 
  • University of Arizona, Tucson


  • Department of Latino Affairs, Des Moines 
  • Iowa Refugee Support Project
  • U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, Des Moines
  • John Deere Power Systems
  • Atlantic Council 
  • Students have also served with the Peace Corp and AmeriCorps VISTA

Courses & Faculty

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 encouraged 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.

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Meet the faculty:
  • Kathleen 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

Sample Schedule

First year
  • Begin at highest level of proficiency based on placement test score
  • Core courses and/or electives
Sophomore year
  • Continue to the next highest level
  • Core courses and/or electives
Junior year
  • Advanced Spanish: Grammar, Composition and Conversation I and II
  • Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • Core courses and/or electives
  • or study abroad
Senior year
  • Study abroad
  • and/or senior capstone course
  • Core courses and/or electives

The Central Difference

Study Abroad

Spanish majors are required to spend at least one semester studying abroad. Central College Abroad sites include Granada, Spain, and Merida, Yucatan.

Central College Spanish 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.

 The Language Houses in the Wing International Center 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, Germany and France also live in these townhouses along with Central College students.


Central offers Spanish scholarships of up to $2,000 for all students (majors and non-majors) interested in foreign language studies at the college level. 

Learn More

Want to find out more about Spanish at Central? Contact us to learn more about this major and our other strong academic programs. Visit campus to observe classes and experience The Central Difference firsthand.