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