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Program Overview

Understand the social and cultural forces shaping the world in which we live and be able to communicate with over a half billion people in the world.

Through written and oral communication, international experience and internships, you'll study linguistic diversity and much more.

As a Spanish major or minor at Agnes Scott, you will learn to converse effectively and comfortably with native speakers in a program that focuses on language proficiency. In addition, you will increase your cultural awareness of the diversity of Hispanic peoples in the United States and abroad. In our language courses, great care is taken to integrate technology into the classroom. Our program offers excellent preparation for study abroad and graduate coursework in Spanish.

An Agnes Scott College Spanish major student looks up from her notebook in class.

What You'll Learn

The Spanish department offers in-depth study of the language, literature and cultures of the Hispanic world. Your study of the Spanish language will be a springboard to engaging in discussion of topics relevant to Hispanic people. You'll learn:

  • A broad view of the pieces of literature and cultures of Spain, some Latin American countries and U.S. Latinx communities
  • An understanding of the situations of selected marginalized social groups
  • Advanced and effective writing, listening and speaking skills

Program Highlights

Keep Pace with our Rapidly Changing World

As our society becomes more global, the ability to communicate in other languages and to understand other cultures is vital to your future success in nearly any profession. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 27 million Hispanics currently reside in the United States, making up nearly 10 percent of the population. The Census Bureau predicts that almost half of the U.S. population could be Spanish-speaking by the year 2050. In the job market, bilingual employees increasingly will have an advantage over other candidates, especially in the service sector, according to the Census Bureau.

International Education Opportunities

Students in the Spanish program are encouraged to spend a summer, semester or academic year abroad to gain valuable real-world experience in the Spanish-speaking world. Affiliated programs exist through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) and other organizations. Students have studied in Spain, Argentina and Mexico.

Research, Internship, and Scholarship Opportunities

A recent major completed an internship in dentistry in Costa Rica and presented her findings at the college’s annual research conference. Another completed a 10-week Americorps internship with the Teton Literacy Program in Wyoming and received both a small monthly stipend and a $1,000 scholarship at the end of the program. Local internships are available at the Spanish-language newspaper Mundo Hispanico, the DeKalb Medical Center and the Latin American Association. Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students through the Goizueta Foundation and the Marylu Tippett Villavieja Scholarship fund.

Meet the Faculty

Patricia Andino

Instructor in Spanish

Rafael Ocasio

Charles A. Dana Professor of Spanish

Michael Schlig

Michael Schlig

Professor of Spanish

Working in Spanish

A liberal arts degree in Spanish will give you an advantage in today’s workforce.

Spanish language skills and a well-rounded understanding of Hispanic cultures are highly sought after by employers. Work in any sector of industry where verbal and written skills are critical, including private, nonprofit or governmental organizations, health, travel and communications.

  • Spanish Teacher Assistant
  • Youth Development Associate
  • Logistics Coordinator
  • Copywriter/Content Assistant
  • Travel Coordinator

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