At A Glance

Students who study Spanish at Carthage will discover courses and a program that are student-centered and communicative, aimed at helping students achieve a wide range of personal and professional goals. All majors study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country for at least a semester.

Major

  • Spanish

Minor

  • Spanish

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Earn your Spanish degree at Carthage

Students in the Spanish program are immersed in the culture and language from the first day of classes. Led by dedicated professors and native-speaking Target Language Experts, the lively courses stretch beyond vocabulary to explore literature, architecture, business, and everyday life.

Many students combine Spanish with a major or minor in another field, allowing them to combine their interests and prepare for various futures — even some they might not anticipate.

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Spanish Major Courses you’ll take

All classes in the major are taught in Spanish. Here’s a sampling of required and elective offerings:

  • Spanish Conversation
  • Intensive Spanish Encounter
  • The Spanish-Speaking World: Social, Political, and Economic Issues
  • The Spanish-Speaking World: Cultural and Intellectual Life
  • Spanish Theatre

Spanish Course Descriptions

RETROACTIVE CREDITS

If you test into a course and then earn a “C” or better, you can earn up to 12 free retroactive credits. That’s three times more than you’ll get from any AP or college-level class that offers college credit!

 

beyond the classroom

Spanish degree students at the org fair. Student Organizations

Mesa Española (the Spanish Lunch Table) gives students more chances to build cultural and linguistic fluency, while groups like Mi Gente promote diversity and cultural awareness on campus. Top students can also join Alpha Mu Gamma, a national honor society for foreign languages.

more Spanish student organizations

STUDY ABROAD

Besides the required semester-long immersion, faculty periodically lead short-term study tours to Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries during the J-Term.

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After Carthage

Studying Spanish at Carthage leads to jobs in business, marketing, healthcare, computer science, recruiting, teaching, art, and more. Carthage’s Spanish major graduates work in a variety of settings and hold positions with employers such as:

  • Consultant at International Trade Centre in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Departmental academic advisor at the University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Business development representative at Salesforce
  • Spanish teacher at Kenosha Unified School District
  • Project facilitator at YWCA Southeast Wisconsin
  • Sustainability, climate, and equity analyst at Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory