Meet Your Major

As a Spanish major, you’ll develop your language skills while immersing yourself in history and culture.

Through travel and coursework, you’ll broaden your worldview and gain the valuable experience you need to excel. Bonus? If teaching is in your future, you can secure Massachusetts licensure through Merrimack and explore your options as a Spanish and education double-major.

What You’ll Learn

In the Spanish program, you will:

  • Hone your ability to understand, speak and write Spanish.
  • Be immersed in the language by taking select courses that are taught entirely in Spanish.
  • Gain a greater understanding of Spanish literature, film and other creative achievements.
  • Study the cultural heritage and history of Europe and Latin America from classical to modern times.
  • Explore international politics, finances and business.

Hands-On Learning

Sharpen your linguistic and cultural skills with study-abroad programs in Bilbao, Spain, or Buenos Aires, Argentina, or relevant stateside internships. Outside the classroom, you’ll meaningfully engage with Spanish language and culture by participating in volunteer activities and enrichment events like concerts, art exhibits, lectures and plays.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the Spanish program, you’ll be well-equipped to pursue a career in business, academics, politics, the arts or a variety of other fields. Positions may include:

  • Cultural adviser
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign correspondent
  • Foreign service officer
  • Intelligence officer
  • International business consultant
  • Teacher
  • Translator

What You’ll Take

The major in Spanish requires completing a minimum of 30 credits, consisting of a minimum of eight courses, with at least six beyond SPA 2020.

You will be required to participate in out-of-class activities

Courses Beyond SPA 2020 (choose at least six)

SPA 3010 Composition and Culture
SPA 3020 Conversation and Culture
SPA 3050 Actualidad Española
SPA 3060 Actualidad Latinoamericana 
SPA 3200 Introduction to Advanced Studies 
SPA 3310  Latinos in the U.S.: Literature and Service Learning  
SPA 3610  Race, Literature and Culture
SPA 3620  Gender, Literature and Culture
SPA 3630  Studies in Popular Culture 
SPA 3700 Special Topics
SPA 4060W Film and Literature of Contemporary Spain and Latin America 
SPA 4900 Directed Study 

Core Courses
Majors and minors with a concentration in Spanish are required to take SPA 3200 (Introduction to Advanced Studies) after they take SPA 3010 or SPA 3020 and before they proceed to upper-level courses. Depending on whether the course is being taught in spring or the fall, majors and minors may be allowed to take an upper-level course before taking SPA 3200.

Study Abroad in Deusto (Bilbao)
Students pursuing a major or minor concentration in Spanish are strongly encouraged to spend one semester at the Universidad de Deusto, in Bilbao (Basque Country). Students should talk to their adviser to prepare for the study abroad.

Teacher of Spanish

Students interested in preparing for a career as a teacher of Spanish at the secondary and middle school level have the following two options: they may major in Spanish and pass the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) to obtain a five-year preliminary teaching certificate in the teaching of foreign language; or they may double major in Spanish and education to obtain an advanced provisional certificate. Elementary teachers can easily double-major in Spanish and elementary education. They will not need to take the MTEL in Spanish.