The Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at St. Edward’s prepares you for a rewarding career in the exciting fields of international business, foreign relations, government or public service. This degree will allow you to realize your dreams of traveling internationally, meeting individuals of diverse backgrounds and pursuing an enriching, professional career.
Through coursework and a language-immersion experience, you’ll develop speaking, reading and writing proficiency in Spanish — one of the top three world languages and the second most common language in the United States. You’ll be encouraged to study abroad and/or complete an internship in Spanish.
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
As a BA in Spanish major, you’ll study the language as well as the history, music, art, literature and politics of Spanish, Latino and Hispanic cultures. And you’ll gain Spanish fluency in tandem with skills specific to your particular career interest, such as translation or Spanish-language instruction.
Most students select this degree with the goal of working in international business, legal interpretation or language translation or for government agencies such as immigration, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the CIA or the FBI. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and immersion experiences — allows you to learn more about career options and the choice of doing graduate work.
With a BA in Spanish, graduates may work in a variety of careers. For example, you could become a translator for an international news service, a case manager for a nonprofit that supplies services for Spanish speakers, or an employee of a multinational company such as Nike®, IBM® or Ford Motor Company®. Advanced degrees in law are required for further opportunities within the U.S. State Department or for teaching on the college level.
In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Spanish majors take courses from these groups:
Students who major in Spanish complete core courses, which include Reading and Listening Comprehension, Culture and Civilization of Latin America, Advanced Composition, US Latino Literature, Introduction to Business Spanish, and Political and Economic Culture of Latin American.
Students complete a professional internship in a Hispanic environment, where they apply their language skills and cultural knowledge from the classroom to the workplace.
View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish.
In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.