College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > Modern Languages > Undergraduate > 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. Spanish is also one of the official languages of the United Nations and the European Union. Since Spanish is also widely used in the United States — with more than 40 million native speakers — having the ability to speak and understand the language will provide you with many professional and personal opportunities.
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.
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 first-hand the richness of the Spanish-speaking world.
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