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Fast Facts: Spanish

  • Coursework helps prepare students to work and thrive in Spanish-speaking environments
  • Students can pursue a traditional Spanish major or follow the K-12 teaching preparation track
  • Explores Spanish-speaking cultures through a comprehensive suite of courses focusing on language, culture, literature, history, and a service-learning or internship experience
  • A great second major for students planning on a career in the health sciences, social work, law, public relations, and most other fields involving public contact
  • Spanish faculty direct a six-week summer program - the Cuernavaca Quest - which provides  intensive language study, coursework on Mexican history, and a service-learning placement.
  • St. Scholastica students can also study abroad for a semester in Ecuador through HECUA's Community Internships in Latin America program. Spanish majors and minors can also study in other Spanish-speaking environments through collaboration with the Spanish faculty

Program Requirements

Major: 40-46 credits beyond the first-year level, which include an internship or service-learning placement
Minor: 20 credits beyond the first-year level


An internship or service-learning placement is required for students who major in Spanish. Historically, most St. Scholastica students have completed this requirement through the College's Cuernavaca Quest program or through HECUA's Community Internships in Latin America program to Ecuador.


The Hispanic/Latino population is the fastest-growing population in the United States, according to the most recent census. People who are fluent in Spanish are in demand for a variety of positions, particularly in fields such as healthcare where knowledge of Spanish is crucial. Graduates of this program have found work in nonprofit organizations, as teachers of Spanish in public schools, as teachers of English in Spanish-speaking countries, and in a variety of public service or healthcare providers where knowledge of Spanish is crucial. Others have gone on to pursue graduate degrees at medical schools.

Become a Spanish teacher by pairing this program with the middle/secondary education major. Learn more

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  • "The literature, culture, and civilization courses taught me about the people who speak Spanish and their backgrounds, beliefs, traditions, and stories. By majoring in Spanish I not only learned the language, but also learned how to reach out to people of different cultures. I can promise you that the Spanish major will provide all you need to begin a great future after graduation!"

    – Carrie Ronstrom, ‘12