A beautiful language of millions
Major in Spanish at the University of Mary Washington, and the beautiful language of the Spanish-speaking world opens up to you. Explore the literatures and cultures of Spain and Latin America and take advantage of summer study in Bilbao, Spain. Combine your language and liberal arts knowledge in service learning or internships, or minor in business Spanish to prepare for a career without borders.
Students majoring in Spanish who complete all requirements earn the degree of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in modern foreign languages.
Graduates in Spanish have pursued careers in interpreting, translating, research, social services, education, government agencies, the tourism industry, the Peace Corps, and international business. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the demand for interpreters and translators will increase by more than 46 percent between 2012 and 2022, making this field one of the fastest-growing occupations.
For-credit internships may be available to junior and senior Spanish majors. UMW Spanish majors have found internships in Washington, D.C., and with local agencies including Rappahannock Adult Education Programs, the Virginia Department of Health, Hugh Mercer Elementary School, Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault, Bragg Hill Family Life Center, Moss Free Clinic, and Rappahannock Legal Services. You may also complete an internship, volunteer, or participate in service learning in Spain or Latin America.
Students who have at least a 3.5 grade-point average in the Spanish major and a 3.0 GPA overall by the beginning of senior year can apply to complete and defend a research-based thesis for departmental honors. An undergraduate research grant, awarded through the Office of Academic Affairs, may be available for travel and other thesis-related expenses.
The Spanish major requires 13 courses totaling 39 credits in language, literature, linguistics, and culture courses, plus a required experiential component.
A minor in Spanish requires 24 to 27 credits of Spanish classes.
A minor in business Spanish requires a total of 27 credits.
Eligible students can apply for scholarships to defray costs of faculty-led travel programs. Multiple awards are made each semester. A complete list of scholarship opportunities available at UMW can be found with the Office of Financial Aid.