Be a part of one of the fastest-growing languages with a Spanish bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Rooted in experiential learning and travel, our Spanish major provides countless opportunities for you to grow your language skills. Participate in a cultural immersion program, join a related student organization or enroll in a community-based course. Rigorous curriculum — taught by passionate, expert faculty — introduce you to a myriad of classes that explore Spanish culture, art and history.
All Spanish majors and minors are required to take what they've learned and put it into practice through study abroad or an alternate language immersion experience. Popular study abroad sites include Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Chile, Spain, Uruguay and Mexico. Students can also choose to participate in the National Student Exchange Program. This unique opportunity allows Blugolds to study for a semester or an academic year at another university while still paying UWEC tuition.
With many employers looking for well-rounded students with diverse backgrounds — and strong language and communication skills — Spanish graduates quickly find employment upon graduation.
Cultural immersion programs. Many Blugolds seek out opportunities to learn about other cultures. Ranging from week-long to semester-long, these faculty-led experiences focus on a variety of interesting topics and lead to new perspectives that can be life-changing. Recent programs students have participated in include the Civil Rights Pilgrimage in Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana; the Social and Environmental Justice Experience in Guatemala; Women's Lives and Experiences in Nicaragua; and Culture, Society and Economics in Argentina.
Research opportunities. Spanish faculty members are regularly engaged in research and actively encourage students to become involved in their latest projects. These opportunities often lead to a chance to travel to state, regional and international conferences to present research results.
State-of-the-art technology. Practice what you learn in class in our Language Lab and the Roma Hoff Instructional Resource Center. These facilities are filled with sound and video programs, films, games and computer software to help enhance your Spanish language proficiency.
Career preparation. Many Blugolds choose to intern during their time at UWEC. Internships are a great way to build out your resume and narrow down your career path. They can also get your foot in the door at places you might want to work. Our Advising, Retention and Career Center will not only help you find a promising internship but will prepare you for interviews and review your resume and portfolio.
Spanish program details
- Program length: four years
- Offered: in person
- Campus: Eau Claire
- This major requires a minor or certificate.
- This program is also available as a minor.
- Students majoring in this program may choose either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.
- Spanish Club
- Sigma Delta Pi
- Latinx Student Association
Knowing multiple languages is highly valued by employers, making this degree a sought-after one. Our alumni go on to pursue a variety of interesting and rewarding careers and are well-prepared for graduate school.
- Spanish teacher
- Bilingual patient assistance counselor
- Tour coordinator
As a Spanish major, you will explore all the different facets of learning a new language. Classes range from phonetics and pronunciation to Latin American literature and film. An exciting and key component of this program is that students are required to study abroad in a country where Spanish is spoken. Whether you spend Winterim in Latin America or a semester in Spain, these immersive experiences will enhance your understanding of the language and help you to thrive in your chosen career.
What classes do Spanish majors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Economic development of Latin America
- Hispanic linguistics
- Cultural anthropology
- Latinx health and migration to the U.S.
- Phonetics and pronunciation
- Spanish sociolinguistics in Latin America/USA
- Women in Latin American literature
Learn more about the Spanish major in the UWEC course catalog.
Learn more about the Spanish minor in the UWEC course catalog.
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