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Department of World Languages


  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

Communicate fluently in Spanish and gain an understanding of Hispanic cultures for application in career and ministry. The Spanish major prepares you to communicate and relate to Hispanic audiences in the western hemisphere and in Spain. You’ll acquire practical knowledge of Hispanic cultures and strategies for bridging social barriers.


internship opportunity in Spain or Costa Rica


of seniors feel prepared to integrate their faith with their academic field

Why study Spanish at Northwestern?

You will spend a semester abroad and gain fluency, being fully immersed in language and culture. You have the option to choose between the Semester in Spain (SIS) program in Seville, Spain, or the Students International program in San Jose, Costa Rica.

You will be equipped with practical communication skills and knowledge of cultural and historical contexts, preparing you to use Spanish in professional, religious, and personal contexts. At Northwestern, you can sharpen your language skills by tutoring children at local Hispanic churches, studying Bible exposition courses in Spanish, attending bilingual theater performances, and joining other Spanish majors performing Christmas carols in the community. Free Spanish tutoring is available through Academic Achievement.

If you have taken three years or more of Spanish in high school, have an immersion background, or are a native or heritage speaker of Spanish, Intermediate Spanish I is the right course for you. This is the first course required for the Spanish major, Spanish minor, and Spanish education major. Contact the professor if you have trouble registering for the course.

If you want to bring bilingual skills and a cross-cultural mindset to your field of study, enjoy travel, or want to see international doors open to you, this is the right degree for you!

What will you learn?

You will learn to do life cross-culturally and in Spanish.

  • Communicate in personal and professional contexts that are relevant to you.
  • Share your testimony
  • Read news articles and 20th century narratives
  • Develop relationships with people from other cultures
  • Examine Latin American and Spanish history
  • Prepare your resume and interview for bilingual employment positions
  • Study the Bible
  • Live abroad

Some classes include:

  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Spanish Grammar
  • Spanish Conversation and Composition
  • Latin American Short Stories
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As a Spanish major, I have really benefited from the opportunity to spend a semester studying the language in Seville, Spain. My classes at UNW gave me the foundation I needed to really grow and develop my fluency during my time in Spain.
Kristen Brown
Department of World Languages, 2012

Careers in Spanish

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Meet your professors

Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Our faculty include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your faith while you earn your degree.

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Kimberly Cronen, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Professor Kimberly Cronen joined the University of Northwestern faculty in 2006. She has lived, studied,...

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Mark Lindberg, M.A.

Lecturer in Spanish

Mark joined the Northwestern team in 2016 with many years of Spanish language teaching experience. He has...

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