Whether this is your first Spanish class or you are in your last semester of study with us, we are happy to have you here and look forward to working with you.
You’ve made a good choice in studying Spanish.
- With over 500 million speakers, Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world.
- With official status in 21 countries and sizable populations of speakers in many other countries, including the United States, Spanish can be heard in just about in every corner of the world.
- With close to 50 million U.S. speakers, Spanish is a living language in the United States that serves real world needs beyond the confines of the classroom. Indeed, the U.S. is home to the second-largest Spanish-speaking population in the world, after Mexico.
- With a rich cultural legacy and literary tradition, Spanish can expand your mind and broaden your perspectives. It is also a gateway to professional opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. From healthcare, to business, education, the law – wherever your career goals may lie – Spanish can help you get farther and do more.
You’ve come to the right place to study Spanish.
Reflecting the status of Spanish in the U.S. and the world, the courses offered by our program span a wide range of areas of study including literature, cultural studies, linguistics, translation and interpretation, film studies, business Spanish, and language pedagogy.
Our options of study are also varied and include a major and minor, an M.A. and a Certificate in Professional and Conversational Spanish for Heritage Speakers. Please stop by our office for more information about these options well as to learn about an upcoming dual major option, which will offer students majoring in a variety of disciplines (e.g. Journalism, History, English, Chicano/Latino Studies, Linguistics, Art History, FEA, Criminal Justice, and others) the opportunity to count 15 units from their major towards a Spanish major.
You can find us on the third floor of the AS Building, in the Department of Romance, German, and Russian Languages and Literatures.
Maria M. Carreira,
Ph.D. Professor of Spanish
Spanish Program Director
Spanish Program Newsletters
Spanish Program Director
Dr. Maria Carreira
Undergraduate Advisor (French, German, and Spanish)
Dr. Claire Martin
Spanish Graduate Advisor
Dr. Daniel Herrera Cepero
“Spanish. Bestow great attention on this, and endeavor to acquire an accurate knowledge of it. Our future connections with Spain and Spanish America, will render that language a valuable acquisition.”
-Thomas Jefferson to nephew Peter Carr, 10 August 1787.