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.
Central students can study off-campus — both internationally or domestically in the United States. These opportunities give students the chance to prepare to be global citizens, equipped to compete in the global job market. Students can check out experiences led by Central faculty or attend select academic programs across the world that provide opportunities for study, service, internships and other types of experiential learning. Options include experiences in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Central America, Ghana, England, the Scottish Highlands and more.
In addition, Spanish majors can immerse themselves in Spanish-speaking countries to learn the culture, dialects and history.
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 off-campus 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.
Óscar Reynaga, senior lecturer of Spanish and dean of the Class of 2023, was a selection judge for films screened during the Des Moines Latino Film Festival.
Spanish students often serve in the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA following graduation, and complete a number of different internships while at Central, including:
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 internationally 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.