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Spanish

Enhance your global communication skills.

With 595 million speakers worldwide, few languages are as broadly utilized as Spanish. As a Spanish major at Alma, you’ll: 

    • Analyze literature, film, art and performance from Spain and the Americas. 
    • Develop proficiency in speaking, reading, writing and listening in Spanish.  
    • Spend at least one semester studying in a Spanish-speaking country. 

At A Glance

  • 12:1
    Student-to-faculty ratio
  • 18
    Average class size

Possible Careers

Foreign Service Officer
Marianna Smith, 2017 | U.S. Agency for International Development
Spanish Teacher
Jason Paetz, 2000 | Frankenmuth Public School District
High School Spanish Teacher
Jennifer Gerish, 1984 | South Redford School District
Operations and Program Assistant
Elizabeth Flatoff, 2021 | Arms Control Association
Director of Residence Life
Alice Kramer, 2013 | Alma College
Director of Global Recruitment
Jim Crawley, 1988 | Hope College
9th-Grade English Teacher
Brandt Ayoub, 2011 | Bremen High School Corporation

Enhance your global communication skills.

With 595 million speakers worldwide, few languages are as broadly utilized as Spanish. As a Spanish major at Alma, you’ll: 

    • Analyze literature, film, art and performance from Spain and the Americas. 
    • Develop proficiency in speaking, reading, writing and listening in Spanish.  
    • Spend at least one semester studying in a Spanish-speaking country. 

Explore

Student & Alumni Spotlights

No one describes the Alma experience better than those living it. Explore their stories, in their own words, below.

Since graduating, I have been living and working in Spain as an English teaching assistant.

Asia Patterson, `21

Since graduating, I have been living and working in Spain as an English teaching assistant.

Asia Patterson, `21

Get to Know Spanish

Meet the Faculty

With small classes and a low student-to-faculty ratio, at Alma, your instructors will know your name. Learn about your professors.

The Alma Venture

Dream it, learn it, do it. Through our Venture program, you can design a unique, hands-on learning experience at home or abroad. Find out more about the Alma Venture.

Explore the Curriculum

Learn more about the fundamental courses that will offer a roadmap for your academic growth and expertise development.

Learn. Practice. Explore.

At Alma, you’ll take courses that challenge you to deepen your understanding of Spanish culture and language. You’ll study grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation and become adept at communicating in formal and informal contexts. 

You’ll travel, too. Our immersive Spring Term classes, service learning trips and study abroad opportunities all provide ways to expand your perspective and enhance your fluency.  

With the widespread use of Spanish in the U.S., the ability to communicate in Spanish complements any discipline. Many students combine their Spanish major with a major or minor in business, communication, physics, engineering, or secondary or elementary teaching. 

What You Need to Know

Proficiency in Spanish can help set you apart in the hiring landscape, increasing your income potential and marketability. Research has found that bilingual and multilingual employees can earn between 5% and 20% more than their peers.

Graduates of our program go on to work in education, foreign service and diplomacy, communication, business and more. Many report that their Spanish skills gave them an edge when interviewing and securing roles. 

Have any questions?

Contact us today for more information on this program and more.

World Languages and Cultures Chair

Deb Dougherty
(989) 463-7170
dougherty@alma.edu

Admissions

Admissions Office
800-321-ALMA
admissions@alma.edu