Liberal Arts

Spanish Degree

Liberal Arts Bachelor’s Degree Programs

The Spanish major enables students to become better communicators and more globally aware citizens. In addition to learning the language and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, students earning a bachelor’s degree in Spanish study foundational literary works in Spanish while learning to write and read effectively through sustained critical thought similar to English writing classes.

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Why should I earn a Spanish degree?

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Spanish expands your ability to work with a broader range of people.

Global Citizen

Expand your communication skills, explore other cultures, and experience other perspectives.

Possibility

Pursue a career in healthcare, law, business, social work, education, criminal justice, and more.

What Can I Do With a Spanish Degree

  • Translator
  • Teacher
  • National security agent
  • International relations consultant

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Why study Spanish at BVU?

 

Spanish Language Fair: Work with high schoolers to compete in Spanish-language events on the BVU campus.

Spanish Undergraduate Conference: Present original research among Spanish students from other universities.

Teach to Learn: Teach members of the area’s native Spanish-speaking community who have not learned to read.

Organize and Volunteer: Work with RAICES to organize volunteers and events at the yearly Fiesta Latina fair.

 

Internships

Some of our students have interned at: 

  • Mujeres entre mundos, Seville, Spain
  • Frontera de Cristo
  • Law Office of Pedro Escobar
  • ESL Program at Storm Lake Community Schools

Careers

Spanish graduates have found rewarding careers with: 

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Elementary Spanish teacher
  • Spanish teacher

Graduate School

Some of our graduates have gone on to study at: 

  • University of Rhode Island
  • Texas Tech University
  • San Diego State University
  • University of Iowa
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Emily Wedell stayed in Mexico for six weeks, taking an advanced Spanish class, participating in a homestay, touring churches and historical sights, and meeting local people. Through this experience, as well as through BVU’s small class sizes, engaging campus atmosphere, and one-on-one classroom interaction, Emily feels prepared to go on to graduate school, where she plans to study Spanish.

 

Spanish Courses

  • Major in Spanish (34 Credit Hours)

    • SPAN SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I
    • SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II
    • SPAN 301 Advanced Grammar and Conversation
    • SPAN 302 Advanced Grammar and Composition
    • SPAN 335 Introduction to Hispanic Literature
    • SPAN 490 International Experience
    • SPAN 498 Senior Seminar

    6-12 credit hours from

    • SPAN 308 Spanish in the Community
    • SPAN 311 Culture and Civilization of Spain
    • SPAN 312 Culture and Civilization of Latin America
    • SPAN 410 Survey of the Literature of Spain
    • SPAN 415 Survey of the Literature of Latin America
    • SPAN 430 Spanish Classics
    • SPAN 450 Special Topics
  • Minor in Spanish (28 Credit Hours)

    • SPAN SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I
    • SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II
    • SPAN 301 Advanced Grammar and Conversation
    • SPAN 302 Advanced Grammar and Composition
    • SPAN 335 Introduction to Hispanic Literature

    9 credit hours from

    • SPAN 308 Spanish in the Community
    • SPAN 311 Culture and Civilization of Spain
    • SPAN 312 Culture and Civilization of Latin America
    • SPAN 410 Survey of the Literature of Spain
    • SPAN 415 Survey of the Literature of Latin America
    • SPAN 430 Spanish Classics
    • SPAN 450 Special Topics
    • SPAN 490 International Experience
    • SPAN 498 Senior Seminar
  • Major in Spanish with Teaching Licensure, 5-12 or K-12 (30 Credit Hours)

    • Spanish major or minor
    • Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

    Elementary (K-8) foreign language endorsement may be added to the 5-12 teaching license with the addition of TEAC 414 Professional Seminar III: Student Teaching in Elementary Foreign Language (K-6). Other field experiences will include both elementary and secondary placements.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

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Spanish Faculty

Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future of Iowa and beyond.

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Transfer Your Credits

Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most—if not all—of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your education, special education, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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