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The Spanish program at the University of Utah is ideal for students who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the Spanish language and the cultures of those who speak it. Students of this program will study the language, literature, history, and society of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries, gaining cross-cultural understanding and an appreciation of diversity. The curriculum consists of courses in Spanish grammar, composition, conversation, and reading. Electives are then chosen from a variety of allied fields, allowing students to focus on the aspects of the language and its speakers that fascinate them most. Topics covered include the literature, film, linguistics, and culture of Latin America and Spain. The program also offers a wide range of seminars in Golden Age, Modern Peninsular, Colonial Latin American, Caribbean, Contemporary Latin American, and U.S. Latina/o studies, as well as Spanish linguistics. This diverse range of study ensures that students will graduate with the language literacy and critical thinking skills they need to be successful in a number of careers.

Students interested in teaching Spanish should check out the Spanish Teaching major. 

The Student Experience

An excellent learning opportunity for students is to complete a semester studying abroad, experiencing firsthand how Spanish-speakers speak, live, and interact. Students can also get involved on campus by joining the Spanish Club.

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation, you will be prepared for careers in a number of fields. Work for the government domestically as a translator, linguist, diplomat, or immigration or customs specialist, or return to a country in which you studied abroad to pursue one or more of these jobs internationally. Students may also enter the world of international business as a supply chain manager, logistics specialist, or HR representative. Jobs in travel and tourism—as an airline employee, travel guide, or translator—are possible, as are careers in education or ESL (English as a Second Language) instruction. With additional schooling at the graduate level, you can find work as a professor, lawyer, or administrator.

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Exploratory Classes

  • SPAN 1010 (or above) - Beginning Spanish I
  • WLC 2010 - Intro to the Study of Literature & Culture
  • WLC 2020 - Language in Society

Last Updated: 7/15/24