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Our program in Spanish combines language study at all levels with coursework in Spanish, Latin-American, and U.S. Latino(a) literature and cultural studies. Many of our students also gain life-enriching experience by studying Spanish abroad for a semester or year through one of UVM's many exchange program sites in Spain or Latin America, while others participate in our 1-2 week travel-study programs abroad.
Our Spanish classes offer students the small-class learning environment they need to develop their foreign language skills. In addition, our students are encouraged to participate in the many extracurricular Spanish-language social activities available or reside in La Casa de Cultura (Spanish House). Events on campus such as our weekly tertulias for Spanish conversation, Spanish-language film series, the annual Hispanic Forum on current issues, and dinners and dances sponsored by the Latin community in the Burlington area give students many opportunities to put learning into practice and to make contacts that can further their studies, travel, or career interests in Hispanic lands.
Spanish is one of the Indo-European family of languages which are spoken by more than a third of the world, and can be classified further as a Romance language, a group that includes French, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan and Romanian. One of the fastest growing populations in the world, it constitutes a large community that shares different cultures and services which offer various institutions and businesses a unique growth opportunity.


Major requirements


  • Health Services
  • Peace Corps
  • Network Reporter
  • Social Services
  • Law Enforcement

Related Information


PLEASE NOTE: The Spanish curriculum was recently revised. Beginning in Fall 2016, incoming first-year students and new Spanish majors/minors will follow the current requirements. Students who declared a Spanish major/minor prior to Fall 2016 will follow the former requirements, which can be located in the links below. Please contact your advisor with any questions.


Learning Goals for Majors:

Upon completion of the B.A. with Major in Spanish degree, students will be able to:

  • Acquire knowledge of the literary and cultural traditions of Spanish-speaking peoples
  • Speak and understand the language for the expression of ideas and opinions in academic writing and for purposes of daily life
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in analyzing literary or cultural topics
  • Develop multicultural awareness to enhance professional and personal interactions with peoples of other cultural traditions

Core Competencies: Skills You Will Master (click for full list)

  • Intercultural/Global Fluency and Foreign Language Skills
  • Ethical Reasoning & Decision Making
  • Analytical & Critical Thinking
  • Creative Expression & Innovation
  • Teamwork, Collaboration, & Leadership
  • Written, Visual, & Oral Communication