Spanish

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You’ll develop speaking, writing, listening and reading proficiency in Spanish. This fluency allows you to engage with Spanish literature analytically and imaginatively in the original language. You’ll be prepared for a career grounded in bilingualism. Make yourself more marketable by gaining language skills, cultural knowledge and international experience valued by employers and graduate programs. You’ll acquire an insider’s view and connect with people in their own language.
Why study Spanish at Millsaps?

In their own words

Lauren Dunagin

“I absolutely loved my experience at Millsaps. I learned so much in my Spanish classes, and Dr. Kahn is who inspired me to go to Costa Rica, where I did mission work for the United Methodist Church. I am back in the states today teaching Spanish classes in the Rankin County School District and at Hinds Community College.”

Chloee Beebe, Class of 2025

"The Spanish Department at Millsaps is an incredible program to be a part of. I enjoy learning about new cultures, and the professors here at Millsaps teach more than just Spanish. They help the students learn about cultures in other Spanish-speaking countries along with their cultures, struggles and contemporary life.”

Jessica (Malpass) Hamadeh, Class of 2003

"I graduated from Millsaps with a B.A. in Spanish then attended law school. I now work as in-house counsel for a for-hire motor carrier. I know my liberal arts education, specifically studying a foreign language, has been a great contributor to my professional success. I loved the small class sizes, personal relationships with my professors and all the travel-abroad opportunities."

Featured Courses

Here is a sampling of a few courses that might pique your interest.

SPAN 2110 Contemporary Hispanic Culture
This transition course concentrates on reading skills in a conversational environment. It provides insights into customs and daily culture needed for interacting effectively with Spanish speakers. Taught in Spanish.
SPAN 3400 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
This course introduces students to Spanish linguistics and to its main fields of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics.

Degree Options

Discover your degrees, minors, concentrations and certification options available for this field of study.

Minor in Spanish

2nd Most Spoken Language

Spanish is the second most widely spoken native language in the world. After Mexico, the U.S. has more Spanish speakers than any other country.

1 of 6 Official United Nations Languages

Spanish is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. 21 countries in the world list Spanish as an official language.

56% Increase in Demand for Bilingual Employees

56% reported that their demand for bi/multilingual speakers will increase in the next five years.*
*ACTFL U.S. Employer Survey

Our distinctive strengths

Today’s globalized world needs those who can bridge the language gaps. Our hands-on learning, internships and study-abroad opportunities provide you with immersive Spanish language experiences.
  • Dynamic, flexible and enjoyable classes taught by helpful and engaged faculty
  • Outstanding Study-Abroad Programs
  • Oral Proficiency Certification through the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages

Gain hands-on experience

Spanish majors will find numerous opportunities for hand-on research. Faculty regularly lead programs to México and Spain.

Pathways

Spanish majors will find a Pathways connection in the Arts, Culture & Communications and Exploratory tracks.

Study Abroad

Summer- and winter-term field courses are offered on a regular basis. Come experience faculty-led programs to México and Spain.

More About the Degree

Recent Career Placements

  • ESL Teacher, Germantown High School
  • Delta State University Cultural Center
  • Bruck Law Offices, Milwaukee
  • Tiger Tracks (advertising)
  • One Earth Future Foundation
  • Methodist Church
  • Rankin County School District

Postgraduate Study

  • Long Island University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • George Mason University Law School
  • University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Louisiana State University School of Nursing
  • University of Mississippi Medical School
  • Emory University School of Medicine
  • University of Mississippi School of Law

Careers of Recent Graduates

  • Education
  • Translating and Interpretation
  • Publishing
  • Sales and Advertising
  • Health Care
  • Law
  • Ministry
  • NPOs
  • Real Estate

Related Areas of Study

  • Biology
  • Creative Writing
  • History
  • Government and Politics
  • English Literature

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