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 trip, 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.
UW-Eau Claire has built a supportive community and alumni network that can help students pay for college. For example, the Roma Hoff Scholarship offers multiple awards of $3,000 to students pursuing a Spanish degree and traveling abroad. Dr. Roma Hoff was a faculty member at UW-Eau Claire for more than thirty years, leading 22 international travel seminars. Dr. Hoff was also the winner of several prestigious awards, including the state's Distinguished Foreign Language Educator Award and the alumni-voted Excellence in Teaching Award.
Learn more about additional scholarships and resources available to you by checking out our scholarships page.
Financial aid at UW-Eau Claire
Working to make your college education affordable is very important to us. We are here to walk you through the financial aid process and make applying for aid and paying your bill as easy as possible.
To get this process started, please contact our staff at Blugold Central — our one-stop-shop for tuition and financial aid. They will help you learn how to pay for your education and minimize debt, freeing you up to focus on academics and your Spanish degree.
Learn more about our financial aid process at UWEC.
Spanish program details
- Program length: four years
- Availability: campus
- This major requires a minor.
- This program is also available as a minor.
- Spanish Club
- Sigma Delta Pi
- Latinx Student Association
Cultural immersion trips. 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 trips 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.
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.
Classes for Spanish majors may include:
- Latin American Literature and Film
- Ancient Art and Architecture of Mexico and Central America
- Contemporary Spain
- Music and Dance of Latin America
- The Craft of Translation
- Spanish for Health Professions
- Women in Latin American Literature
- Spanish for Business
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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