The Spanish Program in the Department of Modern Languages offers major and minor programs in Spanish, Teacher Certification in Spanish, and an MAT in Education with an emphasis on Spanish. A regular rotation of courses are offered on the WKU Main Campus in Bowling Green. Many students of Spanish also develop their proficiency by studying abroad. Spanish can be combined with almost any other major to help increase your career opportunities.
Visit the Degree Paths page to see a basic scenario for completing a Spanish major in four years.
Why is it important to learn Spanish?
There are so many reasons to learn Spanish, we could hardly list them all here. Spanish is spoken by some 400 million people. According to About.com, it is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world. It is the official language on four continents, and the number of Spanish speakers in the United States is growing. Speakers of Spanish are needed in a wide variety of fields such as business, education, health care, journalism and social work. Spanish makes a great "second major" in combination with just about any other discipline that interests you. Our Spanish program provides you many opportunities to interact with Spanish speakers both at home and abroad, and to apply your skills in service opportunities.
Courses offered at WKU
SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I
SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II
SPAN 200 Latin American Society: Past and Present
SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 306 Experiencing Spanish Abroad
SPAN 331 Business Spanish
SPAN 370 Spanish Conversation
SPAN 371 Spanish Composition and Grammar
SPAN 372 Latin American Civilization and Culture
SPAN 373 Spanish Civilization and Culture
SPAN 374 Literature and Culture of Spain
SPAN 376 Literature and Culture of Latin America
SPAN 381 Spanish Grammar through Cultural Readings
SPAN 389 Internship in Spanish
SPAN 455 Topics in Hispanic Literary and Culture Studies
SPAN 470 Advanced Oral Spanish
SPAN 471 Advanced Spanish Composition
SPAN 476 Twentieth Century Spain
SPAN 490 Hispanic Cinema
SPAN 499 Advanced Studies in Spanish
The Spanish Club meets regularly for a wide variety of activities – often creative or informative, and always fun! Often the Spanish Club joins other language clubs for food events or friendly competition in sports. Joining the club is a great way to find friends with similar interests while continuing to learn about Spanish language and culture. Contact Spanish Club Advisor Melba Amador for more information.
Primary Contact Person
Would you like to know more about studying Spanish at WKU? If you have studied Spanish in high school, but haven't taken any courses with us yet, visit the Placement link on our web page to learn about options for getting credit for what you know, and for placing properly. If you are already in a course and are considering majoring, begin by talking with your professor. Once you declare the major, you will be assigned an advisor. Do you still have a question that wasn't answered by our web page, your professor or your advisor? Contact Kelly Conroy for placement questions, and Spanish Program Coordinator Melissa Stewart for departmental exams, questions about majoring, prestigious scholarships, and study abroad opportunities.