Become a true global citizen as a fluent Spanish speaker, reader and writer. Become a true global citizen as a fluent Spanish speaker, reader and writer. Become a true global citizen as a fluent Spanish speaker, reader and writer. Become a true global citizen as a fluent Spanish speaker, reader and writer. Become a true global citizen as a fluent Spanish speaker, reader and writer.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Modern and Classical Languages

Spanish

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Why pursue a Spanish degree at North Central College?

Bilingual candidates always appeal to employers and graduate school deans as true global citizens who stand head and shoulders above the rest. And that’s what you’ll become at North Central!

Our Spanish faculty is quite dedicated and portrays rich geographical and linguistic diversity representing Latin America, Spain, and North America regions. Numerous opportunities to travel to Spain, Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, Nicaragua, Peru, or El Salvador are offered yearly as study abroad programs, research programs, or service trips. Combine that with small classes, our campus resources like the Roberta I. Myers Language Resource Center, and the multiple opportunities to enjoy the Hispanic culture on campus, and you’ll become fluent in Spanish.

You can also:

•    Enrich your cultural understanding by participating in our three Spanish clubs and the Flamenco Festival, Latin Music Festival, Cross-Cultural Poetry Festival,      Latino Film Festival and popular culinary workshops.
•    Put your language skills to work by volunteering for ministry and service trips to countries like Colombia, Guatemala or Mexico.
•    Earn an English language learning (ELL) minor if you plan to teach in the areas of ELL/Bilingual or Dual language education after college.
•    Engage in study abroad opportunities during D-Term.
•    Qualify for induction into Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish honor society, or Phi Sigma Iota, for students who study more than one language.

More Department information

Spanish, B.A.

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

Major Requirements

A major in Spanish consists of at least 30 credit hours at the level of SPN 201 or above, including three credit hours at the 400-level, and a minimum of one ten-week term of study in a Spanish-speaking country. During the term abroad, a minimum of six credit hours must be earned in the Spanish language.

Additional Courses

Students seeking a major in the modern languages are strongly encouraged to take additional language coursework beyond the minimum major requirements. Note: Once  SPN 310 has been successfully completed, courses below the level of 310 in Spanish may not be taken for credit except with consent of the Chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

A typical student majoring Spanish with a Secondary Education Supplemental major will need over 120 total credit hours to graduate.

Spanish Minor

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

Minor Requirements

At least 18 credit hours in Spanish, including six 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.

Internships

  • 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

Careers

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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