Program TypeMajor, Minor
SchoolSchool of Arts & Sciences
Open the door to the language and culture of half-a-billion people. Enhance your career options as an engaged global citizen.
What You’ll Learn
You’ll learn to communicate orally in Spanish in practical, real-life situations and write clearly and coherently in the language. You’ll develop an understanding and appreciation of the cultural values of the Spanish-speaking world.
- Study abroad.
Spanish majors and minors are encouraged to take advantage of Mary’s Study Abroad opportunities to strengthen their language proficiency and experience the Spanish culture firsthand.
- Learn in a state-of-the-art language lab.
Mary offers students the latest technology with a portable, wireless, language lab accessible from anywhere with an internet connection.
- Discover the Spanish and Latin American mystics and saints.
You’ll expand your understanding of Catholic philosophy by reading the texts of mystics and saints in their native Spanish.
Careers & Outcomes
Gaining proficiency in Spanish, the second most common language in the US and the fourth most-spoken language globally, provides graduates of the Spanish program with a wide range of career options, from language translation to business to education. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of interpreters and translators to grow 20% through 2029, more than three times faster than the average for all occupations, due to globalization and significant increases in the number of non-English-speaking people in the U.S.
- Nonprofit director
- Community organizer
The advantage of studying Spanish here is definitely the small class sizes, and also the way that faith is integrated into the classroom.
Andres Ruiz, PhD
Director of Spanish Program, Assistant Professor of Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture, Fellow in Catholic Studies
I am a native from Colombia and am very passionate about the study of history, languages, and cultures. I believe that teaching and learning languages helps you to better understand your own and other cultures. I like my job and I think that being a professor is an opportunity to renew yourself — every year, every semester — and learn every time from your colleagues and your students. For that, I feel blessed. I love (and play) music and I like to write short stories, songs, and hope to publish a novel someday soon.