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B.A. in Spanish


This degree is designed to prepare students for Teacher Certification in the secondary level of Spanish. This degree is also offered without Teacher Certification, and provide a strong foundation in formal spoken/written Spanish, including Hispanic culture and literature for those who wish to pursue careers other than teaching. Both options will prepare students who desire to go on to Graduate School.

Jump Right In

If you are a fluent Spanish speaker, or have had at least three years of high school Spanish classes, you don't have to start coursework at Tarleton with the beginning Spanish course (SPAN 1411). Students will have various options to better determine a starting point for coursework, such as the Departmental Placement Exam for Credit by Examination. For more information, please contact the Program Advisor.

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 who participate in study abroad will earn six credit hours which will be based on their Spanish course level, and will be determined by the Program Director, Dr. Urban. This particular study abroad trip is an Applied Learning Experience as part of the R.E.A.L program, and is offered every summer.

Study Abroad in Colombia

Study Abroad in Colombia

This study abroad experience includes four weeks in 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 Service

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 Service Honor Society
  • Hire A Texan - Online Job Board
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance

And much more!

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Program Objectives

  • Prepare students to become self-sufficient professionals who have an understanding of the Texas education system, as well as overall education in the United States.
  • Provide leadership and scholarship through serving the community. 
  • Expand the students’ knowledge of Spanish culture and formal Spanish language.
  • Provide an exciting, interactive, and demanding course of study.
  • Promote excellence in education through teaching, research, and service

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
SPAN 4300 Foundation in Literary Studies
SPAN 4302 Survey of Spanish-America Literature
SPAN 4304 The Caribbean Experience
SPAN 4306 Culture and Civilization of Spain and Latin America

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.

Multimedia Foreign Language Lab

This lab provide students with assistance in their foreign language coursework. There are both instructors and tutors ready to help at all times all of which have excellent credentials. The Multimedia Foreign Language Lab is located in the O.A. Grant Humanities building next to Room 209.