Spanish

Prepare to live and work in an interconnected world by earning your bachelor’s degree in Spanish at Wells College.

Our Spanish bachelor's degree program links the study of languages, literatures, and cultures with a required semester of off-campus study, teaching you how to communicate, work creatively, and appreciate life in a pluralistic world. Spanish majors at Wells gain new respect for the unique contributions and identities of diverse interconnected cultures and societies, while working in the supportive learning community of a small, private liberal arts college. At the same time, you'll prepare to enter a growing array of professional careers that reward foreign language competence, cross-cultural experiences, and international perspectives. The Spanish major leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree and is also available as a minor. At least one semester of study in a Spanish-speaking country is required.

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A Look Inside the Spanish Bachelor’s Degree Program at Wells

Our Spanish majors gain a broad understanding of Spanish language and culture through a mix of classroom learning and real-world experiences, including a required semester of study in a Spanish-speaking country. You’ll get to explore career options and build your professional network through valuable internship opportunities; take part in a variety of fun, multicultural activities on campus; participate in the Wells College Spanish Club; as well as a variety of other opportunities on and off campus designed to enrich your undergraduate experience. At Wells, you’ll also get to know your professors, as you work toward your bachelor’s degree in small, discussion-based classes with valuable one-on-one mentorship.

"Spanish classes at Wells help you learn about a variety of topics and grow as a person. I've learned about the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries and how each are unique. Thanks to the undergraduate Spanish program, I can also now communicate with native Spanish speakers and get around on my own. Knowing Spanish is a big advantage in the job market because there are partners and clients in any field that will speak Spanish. It’s a huge benefit in your career and in your life and I would advise everyone to take some Spanish classes."
- Scott Litvin '18, Business Major, Economics and Spanish Minors

What You’ll Learn as a Spanish Major

  • Listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish
  • Spanish literature and culture
  • A broader knowledge of and appreciation for diverse cultures and societies

Beyond the Classroom: Experiential Learning in the Spanish Bachelor’s Degree Program

At Wells, hands-on learning in the form of internships, study abroad programs, and co-curricular activities offer practical career experience and opportunities to build your professional network and make new friends.

Internship and Study Abroad Opportunities

A variety of internships, in and outside the United States, are available to Spanish majors. The following is a sample of internships in the Spanish area held by Wells undergraduate students in recent years: 

  • Rural clinics and provincial hospitals, Dominican Republic
  • KBS, Inc. (foreign website development), Plattsburgh, New York
  • International Center, Buffalo, New York
  • Spanish-Speaking Affairs Council, St. Paul, Minnesota

With at least one semester of study in a Spanish-speaking country required as part of the Spanish bachelor’s degree program at Wells, our Spanish majors also get first-hand experience living and studying overseas. Learn more about study abroad programs at Wells.

"I'm doing an internship at a hospital this summer shadowing multiple physicians and physician assistants. There have been numerous instances when there was a language barrier between the staff and the patient or parents of the patient. Luckily a medical student that spoke Spanish was there and could translate, showing the importance of knowing Spanish in this setting. Some of these situations were critical because they were communicating with the parents of ill children so it was crucial that this language barrier was broken. Although I didn't personally add to the conversation, I was able to understand some thanks to my Spanish studies and I'm eager to learn more so I can contribute more! "
- Nicole Sales '18, Individualized Major in Health Sciences: Pre-Medical, Spanish Minor

 Spanish Clubs and Other Aurora Campus Programs

Fun campus activities at Wells allow you to explore the Spanish language and show your appreciation of other cultures. Below are just a few clubs that might match your interests:

  • Collegiate (student government)
  • P.O.W.E.R. (Praising Our Work, Ethnicity, and Race)
  • Model United Nations
  • Spanish Club
  • Student Committee on Inclusive and Intercultural Excellence
  • Wells International Students Association (WISA)

Related Minor Degree Programs

The Spanish program is available as both a major and a minor. We also offer minor programs in French, German, Italian, and Japanese. Learn more about modern languages programs at Wells.

Career Options for Spanish Majors

Spanish is America’s second most spoken and fastest growing language, and it is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world. When you earn your bachelor’s degree in Spanish at Wells College, you’ll be prepared to pursue careers at home and abroad, in a wide range of professional areas including:

  • Teaching
  • Social work
  • Government
  • Criminal justice
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Translation and interpreting
  • Tourism

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"The Wells College Spanish Program has helped me learn not only about the language component but also about Hispanic culture. These two components work hand in hand to prepare me for my future endeavours."

Olga Babijtchouk '18
Business Major, Spanish and Childhood Education Minors; 2015 H.T. Lowe-Porter Translation Prize Winner
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Program Faculty
Gerardo Cummings
Assistant Professor of Spanish
More than a Language

Students in the Spanish program hold the distinction of hosting the most consistently popular and, frankly, fun multicultural event on campus. Each year, Tapas Night gives students the chance to come together and sample foods from various Spanish-speaking countries while learning about the cultures of these countries through music, dance, and special displays. The student Spanish Club also plans a number of events throughout the year related to holidays celebrated in the Hispanic world, and Spanish-language faculty organize discussions, film screenings, poetry readings, and more during Hispanic Heritage Month. Partnerships with other departments such as Psychology, History, English Literature, Women's and Gender Studies, and more offer the chance to attend special campus events or study the complex histories, art, and other aspects of Spanish-speaking communities.

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