Student looks on as she attends a Spanish mass.

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish

Become a skilled intercultural communicator. Spanish at the University of St. Thomas provides a value-based curriculum designed to expand your understanding and empathy for other cultures. You enhance your knowledge of the Spanish language while learning about the culture, history, literature and linguistics of the Spanish-speaking world.

Why Study Spanish at St. Thomas?

Our program nurtures your Spanish language skills while you gain an appreciation of the cultural and linguistic differences of the Spanish-speaking world, ultimately learning to think and communicate across cultures. Our graduates become bilingual professionals that lead fulfilling careers in a variety of industries, such as education, translation, government, public service, law and medicine.

Bilingual and Multicultural

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Scholarships
  • Community Engagement
  • Course Requirements

    You complete a minimum of 32 credits of advanced Spanish courses, with a Spanish major requiring a sequence of 12 credits consisting of SPAN 300, SPAN 301 and SPAN 305. For the remaining 20 credits, you complete advanced courses in either Spanish cultural and literary studies or Spanish linguistics and applied language studies concentrations.

    Four-Year Plan

    We recommend scheduling an appointment with a faculty member early in your academic career to develop an individualized study plan and discuss internships, community engagement, grants and study abroad opportunities.

    Sample degree plan for students starting at SPAN 211
    Sample degree plan for students starting at SPAN 300

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
    • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish – Spanish Cultural and Literary Studies concentration
    • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish – Spanish Linguistics and Applied Language Studies concentration
    • Minor in Spanish

    Scholarships

    Various scholarships are awarded for study abroad in Spain and Latin America. Visit the Office of Study Abroad website for more information.

    Community Engagement

    Various faculty members incorporate service learning into their courses, working alongside community partners such as Risen Christ Catholic School, People Serving People, and CLUES.

    Course Requirements

    Course Requirements

    You complete a minimum of 32 credits of advanced Spanish courses, with a Spanish major requiring a sequence of 12 credits consisting of SPAN 300, SPAN 301 and SPAN 305. For the remaining 20 credits, you complete advanced courses in either Spanish cultural and literary studies or Spanish linguistics and applied language studies concentrations.

    Four-Year Plan

    Four-Year Plan

    We recommend scheduling an appointment with a faculty member early in your academic career to develop an individualized study plan and discuss internships, community engagement, grants and study abroad opportunities.

    Sample degree plan for students starting at SPAN 211
    Sample degree plan for students starting at SPAN 300

    Degrees Awarded

    Degrees Awarded

    • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
    • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish – Spanish Cultural and Literary Studies concentration
    • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish – Spanish Linguistics and Applied Language Studies concentration
    • Minor in Spanish

    Scholarships

    Scholarships

    Various scholarships are awarded for study abroad in Spain and Latin America. Visit the Office of Study Abroad website for more information.

    Community Engagement

    Community Engagement

    Various faculty members incorporate service learning into their courses, working alongside community partners such as Risen Christ Catholic School, People Serving People, and CLUES.

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    Career Paths

    You have a wide variety of careers available to you with a Spanish degree.

    • Law
    • Medicine
    • Education
    • Public policy
    • Interpreting
    • International business

    Diverse Knowledge and Skills

    You gain a variety of skills in our program, as well as a wealth of knowledge deepening your appreciation for other cultures.

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    We have 11 full-time Spanish faculty members, which includes four professors dedicated to teaching and researching Hispanic linguistics.

    Advanced Studies

    Our graduates have gone to pursue graduate studies in medicine, law, business, education and more.

    Intercultural

    Our program will connect you with Hispanic intellectual traditions and culture throughout your time at St. Thomas.

    Spanish Club

    The Spanish Club hosts bi-weekly Spanish conversation events, lectures, discussions and cultural experiences, engaging with Hispanic traditions in the Twin Cities.

    Collaborate

    Our faculty have collaborated with the Minnesota Cuba Committee and the Cuban Embassy in D.C., and recently hosted the talk "A Look to U.S.-Cuban Relations: Past, Present, and Desired Future" with Miguel Fraga, first Secretary of the Cuban Embassy.

    A Plethora of Opportunities

    Spanish students have a host of opportunities available to them through their career at St. Thomas.