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B.A. in Spanish Program Overview

Embark on an exciting linguistic journey with Freed-Hardeman University’s B.A. in Spanish program! Dive into captivating cultural landscapes, guided by enthusiastic professors. Chart your course through several specialized learning opportunities and master the art of language. Your vibrant future, fueled by the dynamic world of Spanish, awaits your exploration!


Department of Creative and Communication Arts

Department chair name:

Margaret Payne
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Program Coordinator:

Dr. Perry Hardin

Learning at FHU

Why the Spanish Degree at FHU?

Choosing the Spanish degree program at Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) opens up a world of opportunities and advantages.

Unleash limitless possibilities through FHU's Spanish Degree Program. Excel in language proficiency, cultural understanding, and critical thinking to thrive in diverse career avenues. Embark on your journey of exploration today!

Program Highlights:

  • Global Relevance
  • Cultural Enrichment
  • Marketability
  • Cross-Cultural Competency

  • Experienced Faculty

  • Versatile Career Paths

Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Four Year Plans

The four-year plans tailored for Spanish majors at Freed-Hardeman University offer a clear roadmap to success. With options including a B.A.in Spanish, Spanish with Teaching Certification, Spanish/Law and Politics, and a double major in Spanish-English, these plans provide structured pathways that align with individual goals. Students can navigate their academic journey efficiently while immersing themselves in the language, culture, and specialized areas of their choice.

Embark on a journey of versatile career possibilities with a Spanish major at FHU. From cultural exploration and linguistic mastery to teaching and translation, a degree in Spanish opens doors to diverse opportunities in education, international business, communication, diplomacy, and beyond. Flourish in your future with a Spanish major at FHU!

Careers for Spanish Majors

Graduating with a Spanish Degree from Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) opens up a wide range of career possibilities in today’s interconnected world. Some potential career options include:

  • Translator or Interpreter
  • International Business
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Social Services

Spanish Degree Requirements

A major in Spanish equips you with versatile skills in cross-cultural communication, linguistic proficiency and adaptability, perfect for a wide array of career opportunities in education, international relations and translation. Embrace the global landscape with assurance and thrive in your chosen journey with a Spanish degree.

I. Liberal Arts Core Requirements - 34 hours

Listed in this catalog under Academics:  Liberal Arts Core

II. Major Requirements - 34 hours
SPA 231 Intermediate Spanish I 3
SPA 232 Intermediate Spanish II 3
SPA 271 Introduction to Latin American and Peninsular Literature 3
SPA 325 Phonetics and Diction 3
SPA 331 Survey of Peninsular Literature I (W) OR 3
SPA 332  Survey of Peninsular Literature II (W) (3)
SPA 365 Latin American Civilizations and Cultures (W) 3
SPA 366 Peninsular Civilizations and Cultures 3
SPA 367 Spanish Immersion Program/Study Abroad
SPA 499B* Advanced Spanish Grammar and Spanish Conversation 6
SPA 431 Survey of Latin American Literature I (W) OR 3
SPA 432 Survey of Latin American Literature II (W) (3)
SPA 490 Capstone in Peninsular and Latin American Studies 1

Choose a minimum of three (3) additional hours from the following:

SPA 296 Field Laboratory (1-3)
SPA299A/399A/499A**  Special Topics in Spanish (3) 
BIB 236 Intercultural Communication (3)
BIB  Bible course in Spanish*** (2)

*These upper-division credit hours must be earned during the Spanish Immersion Program/Study Abroad.

**Students seeking a Secondary Education major must take two 400-level courses. These can be substituted for SPA 365 or SPA 366. (SPA 490 is a mandatory course.) 

***This course may count as a student’s Bible course for one semester. However, the student cannot receive credit for this course if he/she has already received credit for the same study in English. Prerequisites: SPA 232 Intermediate Spanish or permission from the instructor. SPA 336 Spanish Conversation is offered in the spring for minors; however, Spanish majors may take it for elective credit.


NOTE: SPA131/132 (Elementary Spanish I and II) are prerequisites that can be satisfied by taking the courses at FHU, transferring the courses from an accredited institution, receiving AP or dual enrollment credit for both levels, or CLEP Examination.

III. Electives (including additional Bible) - 57 hours
Requirements for Teaching Licensure in Spanish
  1. Completion of the B.A. major in Spanish as outlined above.
  2. Required professional education courses. (See “Department of Education” entry.)

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Spanish Major

Below are answers to questions prospective students often have when considering a major in Spanish. If you have additional questions or need more information, please contact admissions@fhu.edu and they will happily answer questions and provide additional details about our program.

What is the Spanish major at FHU?

The Spanish major at Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) is a comprehensive academic program that offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Spanish language, culture, and literature. Through a structured curriculum, students gain proficiency in both written and spoken Spanish, while also delving deep into the cultural nuances of Spanish-speaking regions.

The program emphasizes the development of strong communication skills, cross-cultural understanding, and critical thinking abilities. Students engage with a variety of courses that cover language acquisition, linguistics, literature, history, and civilization. This multifaceted approach enables them to become well-rounded individuals capable of effectively navigating the complexities of Spanish-speaking societies.

In addition to language acquisition, the program provides insight into the rich history, traditions, and contemporary issues of Spanish-speaking cultures. From Latin American civilizations to Peninsular literature, students gain a holistic perspective that enhances their cultural sensitivity and adaptability.

The Spanish major at FHU also offers specialized tracks, such as those with Teaching Certification, Law and Politics, or a double major with English. These tracks cater to diverse interests and career goals, providing students with the flexibility to tailor their education to their unique aspirations.

Ultimately, the Spanish major at FHU prepares students for a multitude of career opportunities in fields such as translation, education, international business, healthcare, diplomacy and more. Graduates of the program emerge with not only linguistic proficiency but also a deep appreciation for the global significance of the Spanish language and its associated cultures.

What is the career outlook for students graduating with degree in Spanish?

Graduating with a degree in Spanish opens up a diverse array of career opportunities in today’s interconnected world. As businesses, organizations, and communities continue to interact on a global scale, the demand for individuals with language proficiency, cross-cultural competence and effective communication skills remains high. Here’s an overview of the promising career outlook for individuals with a degree in Spanish:

  1. Translator or Interpreter: With fluency in Spanish, you can work as a translator or interpreter in various sectors, including business, healthcare, legal and government, facilitating communication between English and Spanish speakers.
  2. Language Educator: Teach Spanish at different educational levels, from elementary to high school, or provide language instruction in settings like language schools or community centers.
  3. International Business: Multinational companies seek professionals who can navigate language and cultural barriers to engage with Spanish-speaking markets, manage international relations, and facilitate global transactions.
  4. Healthcare and Social Services: Serve as a medical interpreter, enabling effective communication between healthcare providers and Spanish-speaking patients, or work in social services to support Spanish-speaking communities.
  5. Non-Profit Organizations: Organizations focused on community development, social justice, and humanitarian efforts require individuals who can communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking populations.

The career outlook for individuals with a degree in Spanish is dynamic and expansive, offering opportunities across industries that value language diversity, global awareness and effective communication. 

As the world continues to grow more interconnected, your Spanish proficiency can provide you with a competitive edge in the job market and enable you to contribute positively to a variety of fields and endeavors.

What is unique about majoring in Spanish at FHU?

Majoring in Spanish at Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) offers a distinctive and enriching educational journey characterized by several unique features:

  1. Cultural Exploration: Beyond language acquisition, the Spanish program at FHU delves into the rich cultural tapestry of Spanish-speaking regions. Students gain a profound understanding of traditions, histories, and contemporary issues, fostering cultural awareness and empathy.
  2. Flexible Specializations: FHU’s Spanish major offers specialized tracks, including Teaching Certification, Law and Politics, and Double Major with English. This flexibility allows students to tailor their education to align with their individual interests and career aspirations.
  3. Experienced Faculty: Expert professors bring their passion for language and culture to the classroom. Their guidance nurtures students’ linguistic competence and enables them to engage critically with Spanish literature and societies.
  4. Global Perspective: The program encourages a global mindset by exploring diverse perspectives and engaging with global challenges. This perspective equips students to navigate an interconnected world with sensitivity and adaptability.
  5. Immersive Opportunities: FHU may offer immersive experiences such as study abroad programs, enabling students to deepen their language skills and cultural understanding through firsthand engagement with Spanish-speaking communities.
  6. Holistic Skill Development: While language proficiency is a core focus, the Spanish major also cultivates critical thinking, communication and cross-cultural competency—skills that are invaluable in various professional contexts.

In essence, majoring in Spanish at FHU is a unique and transformative experience that combines linguistic proficiency with deep cultural understanding. It prepares students to thrive in an interconnected world, make meaningful contributions and succeed across diverse professional landscapes.

What skills can I learn while majoring in Spanish at FHU?

Majoring in Spanish at Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) equips you with a diverse set of skills that are valuable both within the realm of language and beyond. Here are some key skills you can expect to learn while pursuing a Spanish major at FHU:

  1. Language Proficiency: Master the Spanish language, developing strong speaking, listening, reading and writing skills that allow you to effectively communicate with Spanish speakers.
  2. Cross-Cultural Competence: Gain a deep understanding of cultural differences, norms, and values in Spanish-speaking regions, enhancing your ability to navigate diverse cultural contexts.
  3. Communication Skills: Improve your ability to convey ideas clearly and effectively, both in Spanish and English, which is an essential skill in any career or field.
  4. Critical Thinking: Analyze Spanish literature, culture and social issues, honing your critical thinking skills and encouraging a deeper understanding of complex topics.
  5. Global Awareness: Acquire a broader perspective on global affairs, geopolitics, and international relations through the lens of Spanish-speaking regions.
  6. Teaching and Instruction: If pursuing Teaching Certification, learn pedagogical techniques to effectively educate and engage students in learning Spanish.
  7. Cultural Sensitivity: Cultivate respect for diverse cultures, building a foundation for inclusive interactions and collaborations.
  8. Attention to Detail: Analyzing language nuances and cultural subtleties requires attention to detail, a valuable trait in various professions.

The skills gained while majoring in Spanish at FHU extend beyond language proficiency, preparing you for a diverse array of careers where effective communication, cultural awareness and critical thinking are highly valued.

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