Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the world, trailing only Mandarin Chinese, and is the official language of 20 countries. Our program allows students to develop their linguistic skills while gaining an appreciation for the cultures, civilizations and literature of the Spanish-speaking world.
Our program immerses students in the Spanish language, allowing them to master their speaking, reading and writing skills. Additional coursework explores the heritage and traditions of Spanish-speaking countries and promotes understanding between individuals and nations.
We encourage students to seek new experiences that lead to proficiency in the language, exercise their responsibilities as global citizens and promote meaningful cross-cultural exchange. Students who major in Spanish spend at least one semester studying in a Spanish-speaking country, and internships abroad are supported wherever possible.
With just 11 courses required for the major, students have excellent opportunities to combine their study of Spanish with programs such as global studies, health care administration and management, political science, psychology or social work. Students who are interested in teaching Spanish are encouraged to consider our world languages education program, which prepares them to apply for Rhode Island teacher certification for grades K-12.
Life After Salve
There are more than 400 million native speakers of Spanish worldwide and more than 37 million U.S. residents speaking Spanish as their first language, making proficiency in the language a desirable asset for careers both at home and abroad.
Our recent alumni are pursuing careers and advanced degrees in fields such as:
- Health care
- Hospitality industry
- International marketing
- Nonprofit organization
- FBI agent
- Foreign service officer
- International business executive
- International development worker
- International relations specialist
- Peace Corps volunteer