Exposure to other peoples’ languages and cultures is an enriching experience that benefits all students, regardless of professional interests or fields of specialization.  In fact, double majoring or minoring in a foreign language, particularly Spanish due to its pervasiveness in the United States, increases future job prospects and feasibility of graduate work.

As such, the Spanish major provides instruction in the language, literatures and cultures of the Hispanic world (including Spain, South America, Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and the United States).  Intermediate courses offer panoramic overviews of linguistic, literary and cultural developments.  Advanced courses in literature and culture take a thematic approach to major literary and cultural developments in the Hispanic world.  Advanced courses in language address practical language applications in the areas of service, translation, business and medicine.  Secondary certification in Spanish is also available.

Mission Statement

The Spanish program seeks (1) to provide students with a highly-marketable and practical tool: the ability to communicate in a pervasive modern language other than English and (2) to foster cross-cultural understanding among students through study of the diverse cultures of the Hispanic world as they are manifested in art, literature, film, politics, history, religion, philosophy, education, business and medicine.

Why Study Spanish?

  • Become a globally-engaged world citizen who is able to communicate across linguistic and cultural boundaries, developing competencies essential for thriving within a multicultural and polyglot workforce.
  • Engage in interdisciplinary learning within the Spanish major, studying art, literature, film, politics, history, religion, philosophy, education, business and medicine within the Hispanic context.
  • Engage in study abroad opportunities across the Hispanic World, in Spain, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America or South America.
  • Engage in immersion experiences locally, working with Wilson’s Migrant Education Program or the Chambersburg Hispanic American Center.
  • Demonstrate to future employers or graduate schools that you are prepared for today’s global and polyglot community.

Job Prospects
As bilingual scholars and employees, Spanish majors are particularly poised to enter the workforce in a vast array of fields, including:

  • Bilingual Education
  • Government Services
  • Health Professions
  • Human Resources
  • International Affairs
  • International Business
  • International Publishing
  • Social Work
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Travel and Tourism