Today more than ever, a command of Spanish is of great value to professionals in any field. Because the Spanish Major requires a minimum of one semester abroad, our students are well versed in the history and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, and they also develop a high degree of cultural proficiency at the interpersonal level. Furthermore, our diversified class offerings and study abroad opportunities allow students a great deal of flexibility in tailoring their individual course of study to very specific personal and professional objectives.
-- Dr. Richard K. Danford, Asst. Professor of Spanish & Portuguese

Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
Minor in Spanish

Admission inquiries
Office of Admission 800-331-7896

To inquire about this program, contact:
Dr. Ena C. Vulor

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International Week at Marietta is an excellent way to experience other cultures through special events that bring the global village to the city of Marietta.

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Today's global society demands an understanding of world cultures and an ability to communicate with non-English speakers. Majoring in Spanish gives you both. Learn Spanish -- the fourth most widely spoken language -- and you'll know a language spoken by over 300 million people worldwide. Even before you leave campus, Marietta's diverse community will give you the chance to practice with native speakers. Majors are required to spend at least one semester in an approved study abroad program in a country where Spanish is spoken as the dominant language, and must complete a set of structured assignments related to their study abroad experience to fulfill the capstone requirement.

Marietta is also a great place to expand your foreign language knowledge. Along with a major and a minor in Spanish, we offer a minor in French and instruction in Chinese, Japanese, and (Brazilian) Portuguese.

Marietta offers TEFL certificate:

With a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from the Department of Modern Languages, you'll be prepared to work anywhere in the world. You can start by teaching in Chinese and Brazilian high schools and colleges. Marietta's unique agreements with these countries enable certified graduates to live and work there as English teachers.


Required Courses

All Spanish majors take the following courses:

  • Conversation and Composition
  • Business Spanish
  • Spanish Phonetics and Phonology
  • Spanish Civilization
  • Spanish American Civilization
  • Latinos in the United States
  • Highlights of Spanish Literature
  • Panorama of Latin American Literature
  • Topics in Spanish and Hispanic Literature
  • Senior Capstone Course: Study Abroad

Requirements for a Minor
Eighteen hours, including: Spanish 201, 202, 301; at least one course in Spanish culture numbered 300 or above; at least one course in Spanish literature numbered 300 or above; three (3) credit hours of electives as approved by the Modern Languages Department. (Note: Spanish 101 and 102 may not be used as part of these electives.)

Study Abroad is recommended but not required for the Spanish minor.

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Study Abroad
Because of Marietta's affiliation with the Institute of European Studies, the Institute of Asian Studies, Central College, and the East Central College Consortium, you can study in countries all over the world. For more information about all of the study abroad programs available at Marietta, go to Study Abroad.

Clubs & Organizations
Students showing achievement in the study of Spanish may join the national collegiate Hispanic honor society, Sigma Delta Pi.

Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign-language honor society, elects members from among outstanding students of foreign languages and literature.

The American International Association is open to any member of the Marietta College community who wishes to learn new cultures and meet interesting people. The organization increases the understandings between American and International students at Marietta and supports the values of globalization by exposing students to different cultures.

The Model United Nations Club is devoted to learning about international politics by preparing and participating in intercollegiate simulations, where students role-play delegates from different countries in committees of the United Nations.

The Spanish Club promotes interest in the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. It is open to all students.


click to expandSuccessful Alumni

Our graduates turn their language skills into highly successful careers, such as:

Teacher of English as a Second Language, Columbia University
New York, NY

Executive Recruiter, J.D. Cotter Search Associates
Columbus, OH

Education and Training Advisor, The Asia Foundation
Brattleboro, VT

International Customer Sales and Service, HMI Incorporated
Cleveland, OH

Spanish Language Coordinator, Leysin American School
Leysin, Switzerland

Business Consultant, Ernst and Young
Miami, FL/Caracas, Venezuela

Graduate Program in Latin American Studies, University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ


click to expandScholarship Opportunities

The David Edward Beach Memorial Scholarship provides assistance to an outstanding junior or senior majoring in the humanities.

The Manley Memorial Scholarship assists juniors or seniors whose major is in the humanities.

The Ira Owen Wade-Mabel Hamilton Wade Scholarships are awarded to juniors or seniors who have established themselves as superior students in the humanities.

The Study Abroad Grant is awarded on a competitive basis to a full-time student to help offset the cost of studying abroad.

The Megan E. Collins Memorial Award in Spanish is a cash award given annually to a female Spanish major.