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Spanish, BA

Shippensburg University’s Spanish (BA) program isn’t just about learning the language. It’s about being able to communicate successfully, which involves cultural understanding as well as language expertise. The Hispanic community in the United States is growing rapidly, and Spanish is the second most spoken language in the US. The job market is international and diverse, and the need for Spanish speakers in all industries is highly valuable. Expand your horizons and become more marketable by learning Spanish at Ship.

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What Will I Learn?

You will learn interpersonal communication, interpretive listening, interpretive reading as well as oral and written presentations in Spanish. In addition, you will learn about the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world including the products, practices and perspectives. Critical thinking, problem solving and cultural awareness are also other student learning outcomes of the program.

What are the requirements for this degree?

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, you must complete 36 credits of Spanish courses on top of other requirements.


  • Criminal justice
  • Social work
  • Business
  • Psychology
  • Public administration
  • Computer science
  • Counseling
  • Engineering
  • International studies
  • Human communication

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

Being bilingual gives you an edge when applying for any job. Career fields in which you can put your language and cultural skills to use include:

  • Airlines
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Foreign and public service
  • International banking
  • International news, media, and journalism
  • Science and technology
  • Teaching in the US and abroad
  • Translating and interpreting

What Career Outcomes Do Alumni Have With This Degree?

A list of of the top job titles for Spanish alumni
The estimated salary for Spanish alumni

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

All courses are designed following the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) National Standards and they are conducted in Spanish. Class sizes are also small so we can provide students with a truly one-on-one learning experience.

In this major, you have access to:

  • A multimedia language learning center
  • Communication with native speakers
  • A large collection of literature and media concerning Spanish language and culture

Study abroad opportunities are available and Spanish majors are encouraged to study at least one semester in a Spanish-speaking country.

Internships are also great for experience and building your resume. Spanish majors find internships with social service agencies, museums, businesses, community organizations and in government.

You may also consider joining the Spanish Club, which allows you to practice the Spanish language and learn about Hispanic culture through trips, events and more. Students may also seek membership in the Spanish honor society, Sigma Delta Pi. Joining either group looks great on a resume.

Contact the Global Languages and Cultures Department Rowland Hall 109 1871 Old Main Dr. Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1635