Spanish Major

Learn the Spanish language at a Christian college ranked tops on the West Coast by

Learning Spanish is a solid investment in your future, whatever your career aspirations may be. Our Spanish major 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.

Advanced course work includes historically important works of literature and a survey of Iberian and Latin American history and culture. Students will also complete a capstone course their senior year, which includes a proficiency evaluation and a service project with the local Hispanic community.

All Spanish majors are required to study abroad at least one semester, and students will also have many opportunities to interact and practice their Spanish with more advanced or native speakers.

What further distinguishes our program is the fact we offer a Christian college environment that encourages not only academic – but spiritual – growth.

Request more information about the spanish major at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

Spanish majors at George Fox learn the language from professors who care about them as individuals.

Knowledge of the Spanish language is a valuable asset in today’s job market. It is the third most spoken language in the world, and the second most widely spoken language in the United States. As a result, the U.S. Department of Labor projects an increasing demand for bilingual workers. This should especially be the case in the fields of education, medicine, social services and interpretation/translation.

  • Director, Salvation Army
  • Language Surveyor, Wycliffe
  • Interpreter/EMT, Central Washington Hospital
  • Professor/Language Instructor, various universities
  • Nurse, Newberg Providence Medical Center
  • Bilingual Teacher/Language Teacher, various high schools
  • Social Services Caseworker, City of Eugene (Ore.)
  • Interpreter, Salem Hospital
  • ESL Teacher, Honduras, South Korea, China
  • Geneticist, U.S. Geological Survey Columbia River Research Lab
  • University of Washington
  • University of Oregon
  • University of New Mexico
  • Biola University
  • UC Davis
  • Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Willamette University
  • Habitat for Humanity, Central America
  • Mayatan Bilingual School, Honduras
  • Agua Viva, Mexico
  • Catholic Work Shelters, various Oregon locations
  • Salud Medical Clinic, Woodburn, Ore.
  • Virginia García Medical Clinic, various Oregon locations
  • Love, Inc., various Oregon locations
  • Newberg (Ore.) School District
  • Americorp, various U.S. locations
  • Peace Corps, various international locations
  • Veritas University, San José, Costa Rica

Student Experiences

Cori (Hurt) Campbell

“My Spanish degree from GFU has been a blessing. I feel so thankful that I am able to help my patients in a way others aren’t because they don’t know the language. I love my job, and I am one of only two nurses who speak Spanish.”

- Cori (Hurt) Campbell

Naomi (Zimmerman) Abdilla

“My Spanish degree at Fox has been an integral part of my journey and the direction that God has taken me since graduation. Upon graduation I went to Spain as a missionary for a year. I am now an elementary teacher where I teach first grade in Spanish in Denver Public Schools.”

- Naomi (Zimmerman) Abdilla

Points of Distinction

  • Professors have expertise in all major Spanish-speaking regions, with active research and publishing/presenting agendas.
  • Benefit from regular interaction with native speakers of Spanish.
  • Experience the Hispanic culture firsthand with a required semester of study abroad in Spain, Costa Rica or Ecuador.
  • The Spanish major is compact enough to be compatible with a second major.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.