Spanish, BA

Gretchen Heine at a table with women in Nicaragua TOOLS TO SUCCEED ABROAD—In Nicaragua, in her role as program director for Manna Project International, Gretchen Heine '14, teaches math and literacy, works with a women's jewelry cooperative and micro-financing, and coaches lacrosse. "I most certainly believe that my education at IUP helped prepare me for this chapter of my life," said Heine, a Cook Honors College graduate who has dual degrees in Spanish and History.

Mastering Spanish Opens Up Your World and Your Job Prospects

As trade with Latin America and Spain continues to grow, there is a greater need for people with the language and culture skills. This need is compounded by the continuing growth of the Hispanic population in the United States.

You will take courses in language designed to develop fluency in both speaking and writing and courses in culture and literature that will give you the background for better communication. The flexibility offered by the free electives in this major is an advantage for those coordinating a double major.

Spanish Majors are Required to Participate in a Study-Abroad Experience

Prospective employers will want to know about the types of international experiences you have had. IUP students may take advantage of one of three Spanish departmental programs in Spain, Mexico, or Costa Rica, which count toward the Spanish major. Students may also choose to participate in non-IUP exchanges.

With a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish, You'll Be Well Equipped for Today's Global Society

Students often double major in Spanish in order to enhance their job prospects. Spanish majors have also gone on to graduate studies in Spanish literature, linguistics, history, and politics.

The Foreign Language Department also offers a certificate in Spanish.