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Why Major in Spanish?

Spanish majors study the experience of language, life and culture through the lens of the Spanish language. Faculty focus on literary research and cultural studies ensuring students are proficient in speaking and writing in Spanish. Students gain specialty knowledge in film studies, language education and teaching, pluralism and multiculturalism, international relations and politics and language policy.

Minor in Spanish

A minor in Spanish teaches the foundations of Spanish communication and culture, conversation and composition. After taking the required courses, students can customize their minor from a list of approved electives. For a list of required courses, visit the academic catalog. This minor requires the completion of 24 credit hours.

Certificate in Spanish

A certificate in Spanish is available.

Career Ready. Day One.

Northwest ensures students are career ready, day one through internships, field experiences and networking opportunities. Read Korbin's story »

Korbin is Career ready. Day One.

Career Opportunities

placement rate

100% of students who graduate with a Spanish degree obtain employment or continue their education within six months after graduation. Career opportunities related to this major include:

  • Interpreter
  • International business
  • Cultural advisor

*Based on self-reported data


Although internships are not required for Spanish majors, they are encouraged. Faculty work with students majors to build personalized Spanish-language internships through local Latino communities and businesses trying to connect with Spanish-language markets.

QuoteI spent my internship speaking Spanish with los porteños, eating empanadas, visiting artisan craft fairs and becoming one with Argentine culture in Buenos Aires.Quote

Jessica Lundquist
Chariton, Iowa

QuoteThere are opportunities in and out of the classroom that push students outside their comfort zones and help them reach their goals. The workshops led by faculty to prepare for the licensure tests that education majors must complete were a highlight for me, a true testament that they were willing to help me do the best for my future. I am so excited that my degree in Spanish education from Northwest will help me to lead students like myself to find their interest in languages and discover all the benefits of studying them.Quote

Tori Cantrell 
Easton, Missouri

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their own academic development. Faculty members provide short-term study programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available, Faculty-led and traditional study abroad.

The traditional program can be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.

For more information about study abroad opportunities »

The Northwest Difference

The Northwest Difference

Founded in 1905, Northwest is a traditional campus with more than 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in the middle of everywhere, Maryville is two hours from Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri and 2 ½ hours from Des Moines, Iowa.

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Save more than $7,200 over four years through our textbooks and laptop program.

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$22 Million money for you

Nearly $22 Million in scholarships and grants awarded annually.

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Career Ready. Day One.

Students organizations, internships and profession-based learning experiences ensure students are Career Ready, Day One.

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Graduation Rate: 90th percentile

Graduation Rate: 90th percentile of Northwest's national peer group.