Overview: This program prepares students for careers that require proficiency in Spanish or for graduate work in Spanish. The Spanish division encourages all its majors to spend one year at the Saint Louis University campus in Madrid. While this program is a vital linguistic and cultural experience for Spanish majors, it is open to students from all fields of study. Besides the traditional courses in Spanish language, culture, and literature, students at the Madrid campus may select from a wide variety of offerings in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Many courses are taught in English as well. This experience abroad has proven to be an invaluable asset in competing for career opportunities.
On SLU’s St. Louis campus, the Spanish House offers students a unique opportunity to live in a Hispanic cultural setting, speak Spanish, and take advantage of special cultural and academic programs.
Curriculum: The bachelor's degree in Spanish concentrates on advanced language training as well as cultural and literary studies. The certificate of proficiency in Spanish, while not an academic degree, develops students' oral and writing proficiency in the language. In the certificate program, students complete 12 credit hours of upper-division course work.
Faculty: Scholarly interests of the faculty include applied psycholinguistics, first and second language acquisition, the interaction of technology in learning processes, Latin American history, and Latin American, peninsular and Spanish literature.
Careers: A Spanish major is a valuable asset for a variety of careers, especially when students combine their Spanish studies with a second major. The rapidly evolving political climate and the international marketplace make knowledge of languages and cultures especially desirable. A major in Spanish, complemented by a second major such as international studies, uniquely qualifies students to compete in careers with an international orientation. Graduates may pursue careers in international law, business, economics, government work, foreign service or scientific research.