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Why Study Spanish?

As a Spanish major at UW-River Falls, you will learn far more than simply the Spanish language. You will be immersed in the culture of Spanish-speaking countries and learn the history, culture and beliefs of Spanish and Latin-American societies, all in addition to learning valuable Spanish language skills that will set you apart in the workforce.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Develop listening, Spanish language comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills.
  • Nurture your awareness and appreciation of cultural contributions by Spanish and Latin American countries to contemporary society via a study of history and literature.
  • Understand cultural sensitivity and respect through engagement with Spanish cultures.
  • Cultivate and sharpen critical thinking and communication skills.


Types of Courses

  • Beginning Spanish
  • Business and Culture in the Hispanic World
  • Conversation and Composition
  • Mexico: A Culture Experience
  • Spanish Civilization 1800 to Present
  • Spanish for Professional Writing
  • Spanish Phonetics
  • Spanish Translation for the Professions
  • Survey of Latin-American Literature - Conquest to Independence

“I pursued a Spanish major alongside my communication sciences and disorders major because I grew to love learning a foreign language during middle and high school. I wanted to continue improving my Spanish speaking, reading and writing skills in college and thought it would be a valuable asset to be able to speak another language as a future professional working with a diverse range of clients.”

– Katie Stremcha, Spanish and communication sciences and disorders major

Potential Careers

Spanish majors have a leg up in the professional world, particularly if they’ve paired their language major with a major or minor in another field! As a graduate with a Spanish degree, you’ll be prepared for a wide variety of roles including:

  • Copy Editor
  • Freelance or Travel Writer
  • Interpreter or Translator
  • Journalist or Foreign Correspondent
  • Teacher
  • Travel Agent or Tour Guide Organizer