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B.A. in Spanish


Our department offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with All Level Certification. Both degrees seek to give students high proficiency levels in the language, as well as an understanding of the Hispanic culture and analytical skills achieved through the study of Hispanic literature. The degree with Teacher Certification has specialized courses in Education seeking to prepare students to become certified as Spanish teachers at the secondary level.

Jump Right In

If you are a fluent Spanish speaker, or have had at least four years of high school Spanish classes, you don't have to start coursework at Tarleton with the beginning Spanish course (SPAN 1411). The Departmental Placement Exam is free of charge and equivalent to the CLEP. Schedule the Spanish placement exam.

Designed With You in Mind

Did you know that you have the option to pair a Spanish major with your primary major? The sky is the limit when you are bilingual! Research shows that bilingual employees can earn 5 to 20 percent more than those who are not bilingual. The Hispanic population in the United States is growing rapidly, and there are over 600 million Spanish speakers throughout the world. As a bilingual professional, your opportunities will expand in a way you never thought possible. 


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Career opportunities

Career Opportunities

A B.A. in Spanish can lead to many different career options, such as:

  • International Relations Consultant
  • Bilingual Educator
  • Foreign Exchange Trader
  • Cultural Events Coordinator
Study Broad

Study Abroad in Spain

Students spend four weeks in Burgos, Spain. Burgos is located in Castile, where the Spanish language was born. Students can earn six credit hours in courses ranging from Intermediate to Advanced. We have designed a program specially created for bilingual heritage speakers. This study abroad trip is an Applied Learning Experience as part of the R.E.A.L program, and is offered in even years.

Study Abroad in Colombia

Study Abroad in Colombia

This study abroad experience includes four weeks in Cartagena, Colombia. Students will take Spanish classes at a university that will range from Intermediate Language to Latin American Literature, and courses will depend on the individual's level of understanding. Students will receive six hours of course credit through this Applied Learning Experience that is provide by the R.E.A.L program. Like the Study Abroad in Spain, this opportunity is available every summer.

Career Services

Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
  • DEI - Delta Epsilon Iota, Career Services Honor Society
  • Handshake
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance

And much more!

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
SPAN 4300 Foundation in Literary Studies
SPAN 4301 Survey of Peninsular Literature
SPAN 4302 Survey of Spanish-American Literature
SPAN 4304 The Caribbean Experience
SPAN 4306 Culture and Civilization of Spain and Latin America
SPAN 4308 The Short Latin American Novel
SPAN 4309 Spanish Language Pedagogy

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Facilities and Features

Sigma Delta Pi

Sigma Delta Pi

Sigma Delta Pi is the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. This organization was founded at the University of California, Berkeley in 1919, and its purpose is and has been to honor those who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language/culture. Sigma Delta Pi encourages students to acquire a more in-depth understanding of Hispanic culture and foster friendly relations between Spanish speaking and English speaking nations to create mutual respect.

The Modern Language Association

The Modern Language Association

The Modern Language Association (MLA) was founded in 1883, and provide opportunities for members to share scholarly discoveries, in addition to teaching experiences and academy trends with colleagues. MLA members host annual conventions and meetings, work with related organizations, as well as sustain one of the most well-known publishing programs in the industry. For more than a century this organization has worked to strengthen the research and education of both language and literature. 

Professor helping student.

Language Aides

Language Aides offer help with all levels of Spanish courses. They are located at the Writing Center. Schedules are provided the first day of class.