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Spanish (BA)

In the Spanish program, you will study the language, literature and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. Over 400 million people speak Spanish as their native language and it is the official language of 21 countries; it’s also one of the official languages of the United Nations and the European Union.

More than 40 million native Spanish speakers live in the United States, and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish will develop your fluency and communication skills in our interconnected world.

Chicago is a diverse city with numerous Latin American communities. Practice your Spanish while exploring festivals, neighborhoods, restaurants, museums, and other cultural institutions that will allow you to experience firsthand the richness of the Spanish-speaking world.

Take advantage of our Study Abroad programs in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico or Spain to grow linguistically and expand your cultural understanding of Spanish-speaking societies.

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in education, the Spanish department partners with the College of Education to award teaching degrees at the middle school and high school levels.

We also offer the 3+3 BA/JD program, which allows high-achieving first-year undergraduate students to be admitted simultaneously to the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) and the College of Law (LAW). You’ll complete your first three years in LAS and your final three years in LAW.



  • Grammar and Communication
  • Composition
  • Conversational Spanish
  • Phonology and Phonetics
  • Literary Analysis in Spanish
  • The Spanish Novel
  • Latin American Literature

Career Options

Common Career Areas

  • Public policy
  • International business
  • Education
  • Immigration work
  • Social services
  • Journalism
  • Tourism
  • Law
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of Spanish graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

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