Spanish Degree Program
A knowledge of the Spanish language is a valuable asset in today's job market. It is the third most spoken language in the world, with more than 346 million speakers in 26 countries on five continents. Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the United States, with more than 20 million speakers across the nation. The numbers make it clear that learning Spanish now is a solid investment for the future, whatever your career aspirations may be.
Major in Spanish
The Spanish major is designed to help students gain proficiency in Spanish for their chosen field of work, at home or overseas. The program emphasizes the unique relationship between culture and language; the acquisition of analytical skills; familiarity with historically important works of literature; and a four-skill (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) approach to language proficiency.
To complete the course of study, students will spend a minimum of one semester abroad. Our classes are small, allowing for individual attention. Students are required to interact and practice their Spanish with another more advanced or native speaker. The major itself requires 39 credit hours, making it possible to complete a second major in a complementary field. To see a list of required courses, go to the course descriptions page.
Prospective students can get info about our Spanish major on our undergraduate admissions site.
Award-Winning Spanish Faculty
Dr. Debbie Berhó
- Chosen as Research Fellow, Latino Protestant Congregation Project, Lilly Foundation, 2014-2016
- The Northwest Nazarene University Leon Doane Young Alumnus Award, in 2003.
Professor Viki Defferding
- Ray Verzasconi Pacific Northwest Postsecondary Teacher of the Year by the Pacific Northwest Council of Foreign Language Teachers, 2005
- Outstanding Teacher at the College Level by the Confederation in Oregon for Foreign Language Teaching, 2004