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A major in Spanish at UT is designed to give students flexible options as liberal arts graduates, including graduate or professional schools and a variety of career opportunities. Spanish majors are required to take a yearly proficiency exam designed to assess the progression of their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, as well as their cultural awareness. All Spanish majors are required to complete a capstone experience worth 2 credits during their senior year in one of the following areas: linguistics, literature, second language acquisition or cultural studies under the guidance of a full-time faculty member of the Department of Languages and Linguistics. 

It is strongly recommended that all Spanish majors study abroad for either a full semester or extended summer program in Spain or Latin America, either through the department or in consultation with the student's major advisor. A minor in Spanish is also available. 

Topics of Study

  • Civilization and Culture
  • Commercial Spanish
  • Composition
  • Conversation
  • Medical Spanish
  • Hispanic cinema
  • Literature including poetry, the novel, short story, etc.
  • Linguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition 

Career Opportunities

The Tampa Bay area has a long and rich Hispanic tradition and a thriving Spanish-speaking community. Across the nation, there is a growing need for professionals able to communicate in Spanish and for teachers able to teach it. Spanish majors can proceed to graduate and professional schools with language skills that will help make them a sought-after commodity.

Possible career paths for Spanish majors include:

  • teaching
  • translation/interpretation
  • government
  • diplomacy
  • journalism
  • international business
  • social work
  • medicine

On-Campus Associations

  • Sigma Delta Pi - Spanish Honor Society