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Why pursue a Spanish degree at North Central College?

Spanish speakers are in high demand in international business, marketing, education, government, travel, health and human services, law and media industries worldwide. Learning Spanish extends beyond language fluency building critical thinking skills that are transferable to many career fields. Individuals that can speak, read, write and understand Spanish will find that the knowledge of the Spanish language is often a priority to a potential employer over other job skills for positions they may be applying for. This program is designed to provide robust language skills along with the experiences necessary to succeed in a global work environment. At North Central College you will acquire the skills necessary to live and work in an international community. You will also gain exposure to cultural perspectives that will provide an in depth understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures and how to operate within them. Whatever you choose to do with what you learn, studying Spanish is sure to provide a wide variety of rewarding employment opportunities as a result of this in demand skill.


  • Researching information related to foreign markets, law, labor relations, health and social services, marketing, and news to assist international companies with making informed business decisions
  • Providing leadership in the travel industry for organizations with locations, clients or customers in Spanish-speaking regions
  • Working or studying abroad using both English and Spanish languages to educate others

then a degree in SPANISH might be for you.

Why study Spanish at North Central College?

In the Classroom

Coursework topics:

  • One semester of required study abroad in a Spanish-speaking environment with six to twelve credits being taught in the Spanish language
  • Advanced Conversation and Composition in Spanish
  • Civilization of Spain
  • Communicative Spaces in Spanish
  • Elementary Spanish
  • Hispanic Linguistics
  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Internship
  • Latin American Area and Civilizations
  • Spanish Enrichment
  • Spanish Practicum
  • Spanish for the Professions
  • Survey of Latin American Literature
  • Survey of Literature of Spain

Beyond the Classroom

As a Spanish major, you can:

  • Travel to Chile, Costa Rica or Spain as part of study abroad.
  • Seek teaching licensure by also completing the Secondary Education major requirements.
  • Conduct independent research with a professor and apply for a Richter Grant enabling research travel.
  • Present your research at our Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.
  • Earn an English language learner (ELL) minor to qualify to teach Spanish abroad in a Spanish-speaking country or teach ESL in Illinois schools.
  • Participate in the College Scholar Honors Program.
  • Take advantage of on-campus tutoring options and the Roberta I. Myers Language Resource Center for individualized tutoring or audio and video support.
  • Qualify for induction into Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish Honor Society, or Phi Sigma Iota for students studying more than one language.


More Department information


Spanish, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Modern and Classical Languages.

The Spanish major consists of a minimum of 34 credits. Thirty-two credits must be in SPAN at or above the 201-level including the following coursework. This major will automatically satisfy the elementary competency in a foreign language requirement of the B.A. degree as noted in the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

  • SPAN 322 - Spanish for the Professions

    SPAN 322 - Spanish for the Professions

    4.00 credit hours

    Oral and written practice focusing on the special terminology of various professions including business, the health professions, social services and legal/law enforcement. Emphasis is placed on simulation of real life situations and methods of communication. Taught in Spanish.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SPAN 490 - Topics

    SPAN 490 - Topics

    4.00 credit hours

    Special study of cultural or literary topics in Spanish. Recent topics have included: Ghosts in Latin American Literature, Contemporary Mexican Literature, Boom and Post-Boom literature and Spanish Theatre. Taught in Spanish.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • A minimum of one semester of study abroad in a Spanish-speaking environment, with six to twelve credits earned being taught in the Spanish language.


Students seeking teaching licensure must also complete the Secondary Education major requirements.

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Spanish Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Modern and Classical Languages.

A minimum of 24 credit hours in Spanish, including four credit hours at the 300-level.

Spanish Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.


  • Intern for global vision youth, Global Vision International, Esteli, Nicaragua
  • Clinical support intern, Center for Speech and Language Disorders, Elmhurst, IL
  • Intern, Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield, IL
  • Immigration assistant, World Relief, Aurora, IL
  • Intern, U.S. Department of State, Portsmouth, NH


Recent graduates in Spanish include:

  • Bilingual teacher
  • Interpreter
  • Journalist
  • Cultural events coordinator
  • Bilingual customer support
  • International banking officer
  • Court interpreter
  • Immigration officer
  • International non-governmental organization director
  • Youth missionary
  • International sales director
  • Bilingual psychologist
  • Bilingual sociologist
  • Graduate researcher

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