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Major in Spanish

What is a Spanish degree?

A degree in Spanish explores the fastest growing and most widely spoken second language in the United States, as well as the most recognized language in the Western Hemisphere. As the native tongue of some 480 million people, Spanish connects you to millions of other Spanish speakers on this ever changing, multi-lingual planet. With a purchasing power of $1.5 trillion, according to Forbes, the Latin American market represents a huge opportunity for Spanish speakers and the corporations that employ them. A bachelor’s degree in Spanish not only encompasses linguistics, reading, writing and translation of the Romance language, it also immerses students in the heritage, literatures, cultures and peoples of the vast Spanish-speaking world.

Why study Spanish at Furman?

The Spanish section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will distinguish you as a cultured, confident and powerful communicator. Regardless of the career you pursue, you will develop your language skills to address the sophisticated challenges of our increasingly interconnected world. You’ll take a deep dive into conversation, literature and culture, creating compelling experiences at home and abroad that will enrich your life and give you an unparalleled edge. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

How will you learn?

You’ll acquire excellence in listening, speaking, reading, writing and vocabulary through classroom and out-of-class experiences. Study away opportunities, our Modern Language Center and an on-campus Language House program multiply the ways in which you’ll explore Hispanic civilizations, history and customs, immersing you in everything from arts to current issues. Several options in service-learning and internships bring students into dynamic interaction with local Hispanic populations.

A three-week May Experience (MayX) in a local hospital invites students to build empathy, develop real-world language skills and get an inside look at possible medical professions that tap the Spanish language. Through our medical Spanish courses, learn the specialized vocabulary needed for taking a medical history, conducting a physical exam, discussing pharmaceuticals, nutrition and various illnesses.

Careers for Spanish majors

As a Spanish major, you’ll be well prepared for the workforce with finely tuned critical thinking, analysis, translation and communication skills, which set you up for virtually limitless career options.

Some of our graduates go on to seek advanced degrees, while others have landed positions such as:

  • Interpreter or translator
  • Elementary, middle or high school teacher
  • Account executive or representative
  • Researcher
  • Youth minister
  • Case manager for law firm
  • Medical assistant
  • Research programmer for evidence-based policymaking firm
  • Data analytics developer
  • Coach for non-profit youth fitness company
  • Patient advocate
  • Project coordinator for global project management company
  • Family support coach for firm dedicated to the advocacy of those with intellectual/developmental disabilities
  • Early intervention specialist
  • University admissions counselor
  • Graphic designer
  • Real estate client portfolio manager
  • Investment analyst
  • Military officer
  • Customer service manager or representative
  • Associate engineer for space exploration enterprise

Spanish courses: What will you study?

Sample courses include:

Hispanics in the United States

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Medical Spanish

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Advanced Spanish Oral and Written Expression

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Travel Study in Spanish Civilization

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90%
Spanish majors who study away
75%
Spanish majors who also complete a second major
75%
Spanish majors who participate in at least one service-learning class
58%
Spanish majors who complete an internship

What our students say

Swan on Furman Lake

"My decision to major in Spanish at Furman was probably the most impactful choice of my four years in college. It opened doors for me to work in Berea, South Carolina, study in Madrid, Spain, and research in Medellín, Colombia. I built relationships with my professors and classmates – and learned to overcome a fear of discomfort while having fun. Not only did I learn a second language, but through that, I learned who I am and how to better engage with the people around me." - Whitney Maness ’20, B.A., Spanish, and B.A., communication studies; project manager

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s Spanish faculty represent decades of study and real-world expertise. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

  • Linda B. Bartlett
    Title:

    Carey Shepard Crantford Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures; Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

    Bartlett

    Linda B. Bartlett
    Title:

    Carey Shepard Crantford Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures; Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

    Phone Number: 8642943388

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  • Ronald J. Friis
    Title:

    Professor of Spanish

    Ronald Friis

    Ronald J. Friis
    Title:

    Professor of Spanish

    Phone Number: 8642942227

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  • Sofia Kearns
    Title:

    Professor of Spanish

    Kearns

    Sofia Kearns
    Title:

    Professor of Spanish

    Phone Number: 8642943165

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  • Stephanie M. Knouse
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Spanish; Executive Reflection Fellow; Supervisor of Foreign Language Teacher Education

    Stephanie Knouse

    Stephanie M. Knouse
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Spanish; Executive Reflection Fellow; Supervisor of Foreign Language Teacher Education

    Phone Number: 8642943247

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  • Angélica Lozano-Alonso
    Title:

    Faculty Director of the Office for Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Professor of Spanish, Spanish Language Coordinator

    Angelica Losano Alonzo

    Angélica Lozano-Alonso
    Title:

    Faculty Director of the Office for Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Professor of Spanish, Spanish Language Coordinator

    Phone Number: 8642942965

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  • Lourdes Manye
    Title:

    Professor of Spanish

    Manye

    Lourdes Manye
    Title:

    Professor of Spanish

    Phone Number: 8642943544

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  • Adrian Massei
    Title:

    Associate Professor

    Massei

    Adrian Massei
    Title:

    Associate Professor

    Phone Number: 8642943318

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  • Jeff Michno
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Spanish

    Michno

    Jeff Michno
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Spanish

    Phone Number: 8642943356

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  • Santiago Quintero
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Spanish

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    Santiago Quintero
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Spanish

    Phone Number: 8642942208

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  • Maria R. Rippon
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Spanish

    Maria Rippon

    Maria R. Rippon
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Spanish

    Phone Number: 8642943712

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  • Eunice Rojas
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Modern Languages & Literatures; Chair, Latin American Studies Minor

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    Eunice Rojas
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Modern Languages & Literatures; Chair, Latin American Studies Minor

    Phone Number: 8642942203

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  • FAQ

    What can you do with a Spanish degree?

    An array of transferable skills such as communication, critical thinking, analysis and translation position you for a wide range of career options. Some of our graduates have gone on to occupations like interpreter or translator; elementary, middle or high school teacher; account executive or representative; researcher; youth minister; case manager for a law firm; medical assistant; research programmer for an evidence-based policymaking firm; and data analytics developer. Others have pursued careers as a coach for a non-profit youth fitness company, patient advocate, project coordinator for global project management company, family support coach for a firm dedicated to the advocacy of those with intellectual or developmental disabilities, early intervention specialist, university admissions counselor and many other professional paths.

    What is the average salary for Spanish majors?

    The average base salary for Spanish majors is $47,000 per year, according to payscale.com. Zippia.com estimates the average salary for Spanish majors at just more than $51,000, with the top 10% earning in excess of $73,000.

    How long does it take to earn a Spanish degree?

    The Spanish B.A. at Furman is a four-year program.

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