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Our field aims to develop students’ Spanish language skills, to deepen their understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures and literatures domestically and abroad, to sharpen their critical thinking, and to heighten their awareness of their role as local and global citizens in a pluralistic society. 


Grow Your Future

The Spanish major prepares students for a variety of professional opportunities in the United States and abroad. Students may pursue careers in education, government, law, social services, health care, tourism, publishing and non-profit organizations. Spanish majors may also continue their education with an advanced degree in area studies, business or law. 

Career opportunities in Spanish

  • Elementary/Secondary educators
  • Translators/Interpreters
  • National security agents
  • Journalists
  • Foreign service officers
  • FBI agents
  • Social workers
  • Community organizers
  • Non-profit employees
  • Bilingual educators
  • International business people

Classes & Requirements

What You'll Study

Students majoring in Spanish choose between three tracks of study: Spanish language and linguistics; Spanish literature and culture; and general Spanish. Majors will develop their Spanish language skills; acquire a deep understanding of Spanish-speaking cultures and literatures domestically and abroad; sharpen critical thinking skills; and heighten their awareness of their role as local and global citizens in a pluralistic society.


Graduation Requirements

Any student earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must complete a minimum of 39 hours at the 300+ level. These hours are generally completed by the major requirements. However, keep this hour requirement in mind as you choose your course work for the requirements in the major. See the complete description of College requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Arts and Sciences section of the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin.

UK Core Requirements

  • The Nature of Inquiry in Arts and Creativity (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Humanities (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Social Sciences (3 hours)
  • The nature of Inquiry in the Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication I (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication II (3 hours)
  • Quantitative Foundations (3 hours)
  • Statistical and Inferential Reasoning (3 hours)
  • Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA (3 hours)
  • Global Dynamics (3 hours)

Total Credit Hours - 30

Premajor Requirements 

  • SPA 210 - Spanish Grammar and Syntax and SPA 211 - Intermediate Spanish Conversation or SPA 215 - Written Spanish for Bilingual Students

Total Hours - 3-6

Major Requirements 

Major Core Requirements

  • SPA 310 - Spanish Composition through Textual Analysis [3 hours]

Other Course Work Required for the Major (from the major department)

  • Choose 10 300+ level Spanish courses to include at least 4 courses at the 400+ level from any of the 3 available options. (Spanish Language and Linguistics, Spanish Literature and Culture and General Spanish) [30 hours]

Course Work from Outside the Major Department

Choose 3 approved courses outside Spanish (SPA) that are at the 200+ level. [9 hours] 

Total Hours - 42

Spanish | Bachelor of Arts

2020-21 Major Sheet B.A. Four Year Plan

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Interpreters and Translators

Interpreters and translators convert information from one language into another language.

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Interpreters work in settings such as schools, hospitals, courtrooms, meeting rooms, and conference centers. Some work for translation and interpretation companies, individual organizations, or private clients. Many translators also work remotely. Self-employed interpreters and translators frequently have variable work schedules. Most interpreters and translators work full time during regular business hours.

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  • Middle School Teachers
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Technical Writers
  • Writers and Authors

A&S Undecided/Exploratory Studies

Understanding that over 70 percent of university students will change their declared major at least once during their college careers, the College of Arts and Sciences has developed an Exploratory Studies program for students who have yet to decide the specific field of study that most closely aligns both their personal interests and their professional career goals and objectives. The Exploratory Studies Program provides students with an extraordinarily diverse educational environment that includes coursework spanning Math and Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences and provides students with the unique opportunity to explore multiple areas of interest during their first several semesters on campus. For more information please contact a recruiting representative at 

Enhancing Your Time at UK

There are countless ways to “see blue.” on campus, but the best way to maximize your journey at the University of Kentucky is by engaging in an Education Abroad opportunity.

This will allow you to gain a global perspective and enhance future employability. As you take the first step towards investing in your future, we encourage you to take advantage of all the opportunities UK has to offer. Take a look at some of the options UK Education Abroad & Exchanges office suggests to complement your major! #SeeBlueAbroad

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