Spanish Language and Culture, B.A.

Spanish is progressively becoming a critical and marketable degree for educators and professionals alike.

Whether you want to teach Spanish, better communicate with a variety of students or have the bilingual marketability more and more companies are looking for, Lewis’ Spanish Language and Culture degree offers the perfect preparation.

Why Study Spanish at Lewis?
  • Learn to effectively communicate in the most commonly spoken non-English language in the country
  • Learn to speak, write and think critically in Spanish at a high level of proficiency, in order to effectively communicate with others in the workplace or classroom
  • Unique focus on intense speaking and listening training early in the program, supplemented by grammar study and more traditional reading, writing and speaking courses later on
  • Program emphasizes the exploration of cultures, life experiences and worldview
  • Develop an understanding of the history and evolution of the Spanish language, linguistic principles and effects of colonization on the language itself
  • Investigate Spanish-speaking cultures worldwide, reflected in history, literature, religion, politics and the arts in Spain, Latin America and in the United States of America
Study Abroad Opportunities
We encourage every Spanish Language and Culture student to take advantage of amazing study immersion opportunities in Spanish-speaking countries across the globe, including Spain, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Argentina. Whether for a full semester or a two week-trip between terms, in most cases, these study abroad opportunities are available for the same or even less cost than living on campus.

Great Degree for Bilingual Students
  • Deepen your knowledge of the language
  • Study cultures and literatures bound together by a common language
  • Courses focused on Spain, Latin America and the U.S. Latino communities
Dual Major Option
Many students choose Spanish Language and Culture as a secondary major to become more competitive in the job market as the demand for bilingual employees continues to increase, particularly in the fields of business, law, social work, political science, English, sociology and history.

Spanish Minor
Many Lewis students minor in Spanish to develop the practical Spanish language skills so in demand right now across all career paths.

Previous Language Requirements
This program is open to all students regardless of prior language experience. Students with no prior experience will need to complete 21-103 First-Year Spanish 1 and 21-104 First-Year Spanish 2 prior to beginning the major. Students who have completed 2 to 4 years of Spanish in high school should take the CLEP, AP or IB test for initial placement and to earn college credit.

Spanish Challenge Examination
Only students enrolled as majors (or minors) in Spanish Language and Culture may, for a modest fee, request to sit for the program’s Challenge Examination in Spanish (for initial placement and credit), which is offered through the School for Professional and Continuing Education.
  1. May result in up to six credits (no more)
  2. Credit will be given only at the end of the 2nd semester of your Freshman year
  3. Exam fee is $100 + $40/credit

Market Demand

Demand for candidates with bilingual Spanish speaking skills recently reached a new high, with over 109,000 job ads posted online. - Wanted Analytics

Recent Illinois law now requires all public schools with preschool programs offer a bilingual program for children who don’t speak English.

More than 37.6 million people in the U.S. now speak Spanish at home, according to the Pew Research Center.