As a Spanish major, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Spanish culture and language, which in turn provides you with additional perspectives to assist you in discovering and answering God’s calling in your life. Students are taught using the Communicative Approach in order to incorporate real language in a real context. Listening, speaking, writing and reading skills are taught with the goal of meaningful communication.

Spanish is the world’s second most spoken language in terms of native speakers and has more than 400 million total speakers worldwide. Graduates will possess the active communication skills, cultural awareness and historical perspectives to effectively interpret and translate. A Bachelor of Arts in Spanish will strengthen your resume. Evidence suggests that learning a second language can increase cognitive function, leading to better grades and rewarding careers.

Learning Objectives

Graduates of this program will:

  • Understand the basic concepts of Spanish linguistics, including phonology, morphology;
  • Display a level of spoken and written proficiency necessary to function in an environment where Spanish is the exclusive language;
  • Demonstrate the ability to translate written and spoken word from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English;
  • Gain a general understanding and awareness of Spanish-speaking cultures and civilizations.


As a Spanish major, you can explore a wide range of career fields such as:

  • Banking/Finance
  • Civil Service
  • Customs
  • Diplomacy
  • Education
  • Human Resources
  • Immigration/Naturalization
  • Journalism/Broadcasting
  • Language Analysis
  • Law
  • Law Enforcement
  • Linguistics
  • Mission Work
  • Retail
  • Translation/Interpretation


Students are also able to study abroad during the Fall or Spring semester. Students will consult with their academic advisor and the off-campus study program coordinator to discuss the application of credit towards degree requirements.

Some examples of destinations are:

  • Spain
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Mexico

Graduate Outcomes

With a global economy and a large number of non-English-speaking people in the United States, employment growth for interpreters and translators is expected to increase much faster than other career fields. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the interpreter and translator profession is projected to increase by nearly 18% between 2016 and 2026.

Courses in the Major

Courses in the Minor

Program Director: Jenee Cazares, M.A.

M.A. Central Washington University
B.A. Central Washington University

Instructor of Spanish and ESOL


Jenee Cazares has been teaching at NCU since 2015 in both the Spanish and Teacher Education programs. Her expertise is in second language acquisition, Spanish and English grammar and the teaching and learning of second languages. In her classes, she strives to make learning fun and to …

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