The study of Spanish encompasses both a study of the language and the investigation of the cultures/literatures where Spanish is spoken.
We offer major and minor programs in both Spanish and Spanish Education (Elementary and Secondary levels). Spanish major (33-36 credits) and minor (21-27 credits) programs begin at the 300-level, and include courses across a variety of areas, including language study, literature, linguistics, and civilization and culture.
We offer courses on Spanish in a professional setting, including Health, Business, Law Enforcement, and Writing. Students in our program frequently complete portions of their coursework through summer, semester, and full year study abroad programs in countries across the world.
All languages listed below count toward the BA third semester language requirement. We offer:
- Majors in French, German, and Spanish
- Minors in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish
- Three years of language and culture courses in Japanese
- Two years of language in Italian
Why Study Spanish at Grand Valley?
- With such a large Latino population in the U.S. and booming economies outside the U.S., there is a huge demand for Spanish-speaking professionals in nursing, construction management, and media, among many other fields.
- Spanish is the second largest native language in the world, with
almost 40 million native speakers in the U.S.
- More than 500 million people in the world can speak and
communicate in Spanish, with a growing trend that will reach 600
million speakers by 2050.
- Spanish complements majors in many other fields, such as international relations, international business, culture, and political science.
- The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures works closely with the Padnos International Center to make many opportunities for study abroad available.
Location & Format
Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.Format:
- Face To Face
Coursework covers all aspects of language and related cultures, including reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Additional practical skills gained include:
- Cultural competency, critical thinking, and analysis
- Flexibility, communication, and working with others
Language majors and minors have a diverse assortment of careers available to them in fields like:
- International relations
- Health professions
- Social work
Combined Degree Programs
This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.
You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.
Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.
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