Are you curious about other cultures? Feel like you can help people by using your language skills? Interested in taking your career goals to the next level by getting a degree in Spanish?

Through this interdisciplinary study of language, literature, culture, history and contemporary issues, you’ll gain a significant global understanding that will make you a sought-after candidate in many career fields. Consider combining Spanish with another major or minor to give you an additional edge in the workplace.

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Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world
of Central students complete a Spanish minor

The Central Difference

Stretch Your Language Skills with Study Abroad

As a Spanish major, you’ll be required to spend at least one semester studying abroad. So in addition to learning to speak, listen, read and write in Spanish, you’ll have the opportunity to gain personal knowledge about the various cultures that make up the Spanish-speaking world, including Granada, Spain, and Merida, Yucatan.

Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.

Research in a Developing Country

Future med student Cierra Rustad ’20 examines the factors leading to type 2 diabetes in a developing country.

Live and Learn in Multilingual Facilities

Consider staying in the Language Houses in the Wing International Center. They offer a unique living alternative for language majors, those returning from a semester abroad or anyone who wants a chance to use French, German or Spanish on a daily basis, celebrate native holidays, share experiences and sample diverse foods. International language assistants from Mexico, Spain, Austria and France also live in these townhouses along with Central College students.


The Weller Center for Business and International Studies houses faculty offices and classrooms for the modern language departments. The $3.9-million building completed in 1999 includes an interactive computer language lab to supplement traditional methods of language learning through phone exchanges, chat groups, recording and listening activities.

Beyond Central

Putting the “Hire” in Higher Education

  • Program officer, Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Special Agent, Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Division of Criminal Investigation
  • Spanish teacher, Ankeny Centennial High School
  • Spanish teacher, Taejon Christian International School in South Korea
  • Legislative staff, Illinois Capitol Building
  • Auxiliar de Conversacion, Junta de Extremadura, Zafra, Spain
  • Product cost accountant, John Deere Power Systems
  • Child/dependent adult protective assessment worker, Iowa Dept. of Human Services

Central Lecture Series to Discuss History, Science, Hesitancy of Vaccines

Central faculty members Paulina Mena, associate professor of biology; Oscar Reynaga, lecturer of Spanish; and Paul Weihe, associate professor of biology, will present “Faith in the Vaccine” with student ambassadors from Interfaith Youth Corps from 7-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, in the Boat/Moore rooms of Maytag Student Center.


  • Spanish Club
  • Spanish language house

Graduate Placement

  • American University, Washington, D.C.
  • University of Arizona, Tucson
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Bowling Green State University


Spanish students often serve in the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA following graduation, and complete a number of different internships while at Central, including:

  • Department of Latino Affairs, Des Moines
  • Iowa Refugee Support Project
  • U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, Des Moines
  • John Deere Power Systems
  • Atlantic Council
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Courses & Faculty

Central's Spanish major is designed to provide students with a variety of ways to improve their language skills. On-campus courses include laboratory sessions with native or advanced Spanish speakers, and students can choose to live in the Spanish language house. All courses aim to increase language proficiency and cultural awareness. Students are also required to study abroad in Spain or Mexico.

First-year students who have studied Spanish in high school take a placement exam to determine the appropriate course level for them to begin their Spanish studies at Central. Students can earn “credit by placement” for testing in beyond the first semester and completing the appropriate course with a C or better.

Learn more about this discipline in the course catalog.

Meet the Faculty

  • Kathy Korcheck, B.S., M.A., Ph.D., Professor of Spanish
  • Allison Krogstad, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Professor of Spanish
  • Linda Laine, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Kenneth J. Weller Distinguished Professorship of the Liberal Arts and Professor of Communication Studies
  • Samuel Mate-Kodjo, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Spanish
  • Oscar Reynaga, B.A., M.A., Lecturer of Spanish

Sample Coursework

First Year

  • Begin at highest level of proficiency based on placement test score
  • Core courses and/or electives

Sophomore Year

  • Continue to the next highest level
  • Core courses and/or electives

Junior Year

  • Advanced Spanish: Grammar, Composition and Conversation I and II
  • Introduction to Hispanic Literature
  • Core courses and/or electives
  • Study abroad

Senior Year

  • Study abroad and/or senior capstone course
  • Core courses and/or electives


Learn More

Want to find out more about Spanish at Central? Contact us to learn more about this discipline and our other strong academic programs.

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