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
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2022|
|Translator/interpreter||$45,430 per year||46% (29,300 more jobs)|
|High school teacher||$55,050 per year||6% (52,900 more jobs)|
|Sales representative||$57,870 per year||9% (169,300 more jobs)|
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.)
Total: 30 semester hours
Core Courses I
Intermediate Spanish II
Designed to develop fluency in reading Spanish; cultural emphasis. May be offered as Writing Intensive. Recommended: SPN 201. (University Program Group IV-B: Studies in Cultures Outside of the Anglo-American Tradition)
Provides an understanding of Spanish articulatory phonetics and helps students improve pronunciation by training them in Spanish articulatory habits to make their pronunciation more native-like. Recommended: SPN 202.
Advanced Grammar and Composition
Designed to develop greater accuracy in grammar and fluency in written expression in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPN 202.
Intended for those with some skill in speaking Spanish who wish to achieve greater fluency. Recommended: SPN 202.
Core Courses II
Select one of the following:
Culture and Civilization of Spain
Spanish culture and civilization focusing on political, social, intellectual, and artistic developments and their influence on the history and present of Spain. May be offered as Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: SPN 331.
Culture and Civilization of Latin America
Historical and cultural development of Latin America from the pre- Columbian era through the present. May be offered as Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: SPN 331.
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
Specialization 2: Spanish for the Health, Social, and Legal Professions
Specialization 3: Spanish for Business