The study of a foreign language is an important component of a liberal arts education. In a world where most people speak a language other than English, proficiency in a foreign language allows students to take the fullest advantage of opportunities to understand the culture, history and literature of another country. Students who major in Spanish and those that minor in Portuguese can expect to gain proficiency in their selected language and to garner the skills, information and concepts relevant to careers in virtually every area. The major/minor also offer exciting career possibilities, both in government and private industry, at home and abroad. The Spanish program provides the background necessary for advanced study and specialization in Spanish.
The department offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Spanish. Students have the option of either pursuing a language and literature option, the Spanish and Portuguese language and culture option or an option in international Spanish for the professions. The latter includes courses in business, economics and math, among others.
Spanish majors first learn to write and speak Spanish so as to participate in critical discussions and write critical essays. Students then focus on the ability to read sophisticated Spanish texts at a level at which literary analysis can be performed. In addition to language acquisition, students will also become acquainted with the history of Spanish and SpanishAmerican literature, and develop a familiarity with major Spanish creative writers. Along with the study of literature comes an awareness of the social and historical contexts in which particular literary traditions developed.
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Colorado Boulder is ranked as a top graduate program in the nation by the National Research Council, and graduates of the program have secured excellent jobs as both teachers and researchers. The department offers an MA and a PhD. The MA program allows students to select one of two options, either: 1) Spanish and Spanish American literatures or Hispanic linguistics. Within the PhD program, students may choose from either the Spanish and Spanish American Literatures program, or the medieval and early modern Hispanic literatures track.
The department strongly encourages students to take advantage of its numerous study abroad programs overseas. In conjunction with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the CU Boulder Office of International Education offers programs of study in Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Alicante, Granada, Madrid and Sevilla, Spain; and in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico and Nicaragua.
In addition, Spanish is one of the languages available to students involved in the CU Boulder Modified Foreign Language Program. This program is designed for students who have exceptional difficulty with foreign languages. For more information, call the Office of Arts and Sciences at 303-492-7885.