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.