Spanish is, after Chinese, the most common first language in the world, spoken by some 500 million people. It is an unofficial second language in the United States.
In support of the SPU mission to cultivate graduates of competence and character, the Spanish Studies major and minor programs seek to further your linguistic and cultural competence by affording you opportunities for learning in classroom settings and overseas.
Find out more about this program’s mission, vision, and learning outcomes.
Spanish speakers now constitute the largest minority population in the United States, and demand for Spanish teachers is growing. A major in Spanish: Teaching track will provide you with the language skills and educational certification necessary to meet the academic needs of this population.
If you plan to obtain secondary (high school) Residency Teacher Certification with endorsement in Spanish, you should pursue a BA in Spanish Studies: Teaching Track, which includes courses required for Secondary Certification with linguistics endorsement area through the School of Education.
If you intend to become a teacher, visit the School of Education for complete information.
- A minimum of 106 credits is required for this major, including 53 upper-division credits, 18 of which need to be taught in Spanish.
- Intermediate Spanish proficiency is a prerequisite for coursework in the major.
- You must complete all non-credited and language proficiency requirements.
- You are required to participate in an accredited study abroad program to accumulate the required number of credits and to expand your knowledge of the language and culture.
- A Senior Paper is required and is to be presented in conjunction with the Capstone Seminar.
- Majors in Spanish Studies: Teaching track are required to complete an Oral Proficiency Interview conducted by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages prior to graduation.
- Secondary Certification requirements for the state of Washington must be fulfilled.