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Spanish

Why Study Spanish?

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultural Studies offers instruction in Spanish language, literature, both in the original and in translation, and courses in the civilization and culture of Spanish-speaking countries.

Spanish is spoken in 44 countries worldwide and is the most widely spoken of the Romance languages. It is the first language of 60% of the people of Latin America. It is the third most widely spoken language in the world, following Mandarin Chinese and English. Spanish is spoken as a mother tongue by 50 million people in the United States and by almost one million Spanish speaking people in Canada. Overall, there are 500 million people in the world whose native tongue is Spanish and many people of all ages are learning it as their second or third language. It is spoken by approximately 100 million people world-wide as a second language. Nearly 1,000,000 Canadians are of Hispanic origin. Spanish is expected to be the first language of 50% of the population of the United States within 50 years and 50,000,000 people in the U.S. are of Hispanic origin.

Spanish and Hispanic cultures have made major contributions to the historical and contemporary cultural world scene in all of the arts such as literature, painting, music and dance. Spanish music and dance enjoy an extremely high level of popularity in contemporary culture worldwide.
Students interested in focusing their studies on Spanish can major in Modern Languages Programs (3 yr. or 4 yr. B.A.) with Spanish as their primary language.
Students can also do a Minor in Spanish or receive Language Recognition in Spanish. Please consult the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultural Studies website for information on all of the above options.

Please note that students with a background in Spanish (including those who speak the language at home) are not permitted to take certain Spanish language courses. Full details on restrictions are noted with the Spanish course descriptions in the Course Descriptions section of the Course & Program Catalogue.
The department of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies offers a Spanish Study Term abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico. Consult the Department Website for further information on this program.