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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 36 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 the Spanish major on our undergraduate admissions site. To find out what class you would likely place in, take our free placement exam.  For information on AP or IB credit, see our Registrar's page. 

Current students may earn lower-division credit by a CLEP exam during their first semester at George Fox.  Students with advanced Spanish proficiency can earn credit for SPAN 301 & 302 through a departmental challenge exam.