​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Fluency in a second language like Spanish will put you a step ahead in today’s culturally diverse world. In CMU’s Spanish program, you’ll go beyond linguistics with literature and cultural studies courses. You can even immerse yourself in Spanish culture through study abroad. A Spanish major leads to careers such as teaching, translation, social services, media and international business.

Points of Pride

  • More than 94 percent of CMU students studying Spanish study abroad; many receive scholarships.
  • CMU’s Spanish education majors are some of the best in the state, with Michigan Test Teacher Certification pass rates averaging 99 percent.

Put Your Degree to Work

Spanish is a useful language in today’s job market, and it serves as a tool for communicating in professions from government regulations to education, health care, technology and law enforcement.

As a graduate of CMU’s Spanish program, you could find yourself in a career as a corporate representative, government employee, international business consultant, journalist, marketing specialist, medical professional, primary or secondary school teacher, professor, sales representative, or translator.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Translator/interpreter$45,430 per year46% (29,300 more jobs)
High school teacher$55,050 per year6% (52,900 more jobs)
Sales representative$57,870 per year9% (169,300 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the world languages and cultures website​ or contact:

Department of World Languages and Cultures
Pearce Hall 305
Email: wlc@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3786​

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Spanish Major

Total: 30 semester hours
Core Courses I
(12 hours)
SPN 202
Intermediate Spanish II
SPN 320
Spanish Pronunciation
SPN 331
Advanced Grammar and Composition
SPN 341
Intercultural Conversations
Core Courses II
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
SPN 376
Culture and Civilization of Spain
SPN 377
Culture and Civilization of Latin America
Required Courses
(15 hours)
Students may specialize in a particular area by choosing one of the following specializations:
Note: Study abroad courses at the appropriate level may be used to fulfill the requirements for the Spanish Major.
Specialization 1: Culture and Communication
(15 hours)
Specialization 2: Spanish for the Health, Social, and Legal Professions
(15 hours)
Specialization 3: Spanish for Business
(15 hours)