Internships, service work and experiential learning opportunities involving the local Spanish-speaking population help cement knowledge of this modern foreign language for Catawba College Spanish majors. Undergraduates pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish have been tapped to serve as translators for local non-profits, such as the Mission of Mercy (MOM) free Dental Clinic, or as tutors of public school students for whom English is a second language.
Degree in Spanish - Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA)
Cultivate your knowledge of Spanish language and culture to expand your prospects in the global workforce.
Spanish is the world’s second most spoken language with over 400 million people who claim it as their mother tongue. Catawba College students who study Spanish improve their employment prospects in the global workforce as international companies increasingly seek to hire those with multiple language proficiency.
Catawba College students who have Spanish language skills when they are admitted take language placement tests to determine their fluency. In this way, undergraduates taking Spanish classes can be appropriately placed in the correct Spanish level classes to allow their continued language growth.
Catawba’s Spanish program focuses principally on the development of practical language skills for use in commerce, social service, law enforcement, and teaching.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish
Catawba College undergraduates who pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish focus on cultivating advanced language skills with additional work in culture and/or literature. A Catawba Spanish major equips students to learn Spanish well, but also provides them with a solid liberal studies background and a grounding in Catawba College’s core values of scholarship, character, culture and service.
Spanish majors are required to study in a Spanish-speaking country to hone their oral-aural skills.
Minor in Spanish
Catawba offers a minor in Spanish.
Spanish Program Highlights
Catawba College’s Modern Foreign Language faculty offer over 100 years of teaching experience to undergraduates. Small class sizes in advanced level Spanish courses guarantee Catawba Spanish majors receive personal attention and assistance as they strive for mastery of their coursework and fluency in the Spanish language. And, the required hours to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish make it relatively easy for Catawba students to double major.
Language immersion and studying in country is a hallmark of modern foreign language study at Catawba College. Although undergraduates pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish are required to have a study abroad experience in a Spanish-speaking country, they have complete freedom to choose their study abroad destinations. In recent years, Catawba College Spanish majors have returned from study abroad in Costa Rica, Argentina, and Mexico with much-enhanced fluency.
Catawba College offers special scholarships designated for Spanish majors studying abroad.