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What You’ll Study

Did you know Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world? Whether you grew up around the Spanish language, studied it in high school, or you’re ready to try something completely new, a Spanish major is a smart idea. The skills you will learn as a Spanish major can open the doors to many exciting careers and experiences at home and abroad.

At Queens, you won’t be just studying a language. You’ll also be exploring Spanish literature, cultures, and history from passionate faculty members. Language learning is not just about mastering grammar and vocabulary. It’s also about gaining a deeper understanding of other ways of life. Our experienced faculty will work with you to plan unique study abroad and internship experiences tailored to your skills and interests. Interested in teaching? You can also earn licensure to teach Spanish through coordination with our Cato School of Education.

How Can You Use This Degree?

Students report that their degree is highly flexible and applicable in a variety of industries. The choice ultimately depends on your interests, skills, and preferences. Students find opportunities in the United States and abroad in government, nonprofit, healthcare, business, education, communication, translation and interpretation, and tourism and hospitality. Many of these careers are suitable for remote work or the “digital nomad” lifestyle. 

Highlighted Courses

  • Vital Conversations (SPN 340) 
  • Topics: Images of Latin American Migration in Literature, Film, and Music (SPN 370) 
  • Spanish for the Professions (SPN 380) 
  • Latino Literature (SPN 430) 

Student Highlights

“This program taught me about both the Spanish language and culture, and I was able to directly apply my learning to my career in health care. I could communicate with my Spanish-speaking patients and ensure a more comfortable, confident experience for them.”

– Brooke Farley ’22

Program Contact

Michele Shaul, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, World Languages Department
Director, Center for Latino Studies  

shaulm@queens.edu
704-337-2318

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