Spanish is not only a foreign language. It is the de facto second language in the United States, which now has a Spanish-speaking population of more than 30 million. As a result, there is a growing demand for people fluent in Spanish in many fields. Majoring in Spanish at Queens includes intensive language training. Be prepared to spend a lot of time studying the nuts and bolts of grammar and translation. You will also walk away with a rich understanding of Spanish literature, culture and history. As a result, you will become fluent in a language that will open the doors to many exciting careers.
General Education Requirements
Perks of Being a Spanish Major
- International Study
As a critical component of becoming fluent in French, you will participate in one (or more) of our international education programs - short-term faculty-led study tours, language immersion, study abroad or international internships. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself first-hand in French language and culture.
- Thrive in today's global economy
Fluency in a language other than your own is key to understanding and fully participating in today's global economy. In addition, being a foreign language major assures a holistic appreciation of cultural patterns and linguistic excellence.
- Earn your teaching licensure
You have the option to earn a licensure to teach French through coordination with our Cato School of Education.
You will have opportunities to intern at a diverse group of sites including:
- Overseas aid agencies
- Drug Enforcement Agency
- Library of Congress
- US State Department
- The United Nations
- Corporations with foreign subsidiaries
- Law firms
- Schools and universities
- Healthcare organizations
- Foreign news agencies
- Non-profit organizations
"I decided to join Habitat Charlotte on a trip to El Salvador. Queens provided me with the support, knowledge and encouragement I needed in order to reach my goal of being able to communicate in a foreign language, make new friends in other parts of the world, and redefine my personal definition of community." - Alumna Anna Gallant Carter
When You Graduate
Queens Spanish majors go on to prestigious graduate schools and rewarding careers in a number of fields, including business, translation and interpretation, foreign service, education, law, diplomacy and government service, public policy, tourism, journalism and non-profits.
"Upon graduation, I was offered a position as a software trainer for a company in the automotive business. I realized the skills I gained in my Spanish major extended much more beyond the conjugation of Latin verbs. My classes afforded me a sense of versatility and ability to connect with others." - Philipe Araujo '08
Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.
- The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program.
- The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.