Spanish is the primary language of 20 countries. It’s the third most spoken language in the world. Becoming fluent in a second language such as Spanish adds value to your education, broadens your worldview, and makes you more attractive to employers in today’s global marketplace. And it pays off! Bilingual employees will earn up to four percent more than other graduates.
Carroll University’s Spanish program provides you with direct linguistic contact with a culture different from your own. It’s the key to understanding one another—and the world. After all, a culture expresses itself primarily through its language and its literature. In the Spanish program, you’ll acquire indispensable skills in communication, training in problem-solving, and the kind of understanding of cultures other than our own that is possible only through language. You’ll learn to speak, read and write Spanish as you study phonetics and Latin American or Hispanic history and culture. As a Spanish major, we encourage you to spend a summer, semester, or year abroad, for a truly immersive experience in another culture.
A Spanish major is a natural complement to many other areas such as business, pre-law, pre-medical programs, or to such fields as English, fine arts, theater arts, history, political science, communication, psychology, mathematics, sociology, or the natural sciences. In our program, you can easily add a second major in Spanish to your studies and still graduate in four years. If you cannot complete a full second major, a minor in another field is very common, as is a language minor to accompany some other primary specialization.
You can also study abroad during a summer, semester, or full academic year by applying to the International and Off-Campus Programs Office. Recent graduates have studied in Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Spain.
Become a Spanish Teacher
Pairing a Spanish major with a secondary education major prepares you for teaching Spanish. Through the education department, you’ll study educational psychology, literacy, multicultural and intercultural education, and instructional design and receive a special focus on the methodology of teaching elementary and secondary subjects. You’ll also spend extensive time in immersive student teaching experiences. Of course, you’ll also learn all about Spanish syntax, phonetics, and grammar as you become fluent in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish.
In addition to the major, Carroll offers a minor in Spanish that complements many areas of study.