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Spanish

Bachelor of Arts

Learning Spanish is no longer just a way to explore; it has become a necessity. More than 41 million people in the U.S. speak Spanish, with Latinos accounting for more than 50 percent of the U.S. population increase over the last decade. Learning Spanish will make you more marketable regardless of your chosen field. In addition, the study of language, literature, cultures, and writing encourages spiritual, imaginative, and emotional development. Spanish majors have helped organize the campus-wide Día de los Muertos celebration and the Dubuque city-wide Día de los Muertos celebration with the Multicultural Family Center. They have also worked with the Multicultural Family Center to host the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Spanish major

Program Details

You will not only increase your oral and written abilities in Spanish, you will further your understanding of the cultures of Spanish speakers. You will be taught by faculty who use a culture-centered approach to learning. They use their expertise gained by living, working, and traveling extensively in Spanish-speaking countries. As a Spanish major, you will:

  • Study literary texts, periods, theories, and criticism.
  • Deepen your understanding of your own and other cultures, and learn about what connects them.
  • Demonstrate advancement in literary interpretation.
  • Write effectively, using a variety of perspectives, styles, and structures.
  • Learn to articulate orally at an advanced level.
Classes You'll Take

Admission to Clarke University

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Evelyn Nadeau, Ph.D.

The fundamental concept that guides my teaching is the empowerment of students, which translates to learning that is active, student-centered, set within a cultural context and enjoyable.

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Ian Livingston

Ian Livingston

Spanish and English '11

I was recruited by Hy-Vee Inc. out of college as an assistant manager in Omaha, Neb., primarily due to my Spanish degree and the fact that I was bilingual.

Danni Garcia

Danni Garcia

Spanish and Biology '15

I studied abroad, and my Spanish major really helped me in meeting new people and experiencing other cultures. Clarke offered me so many opportunities.

K’Lynn Lawver

K’Lynn Lawver

Spanish and Secondary Education '17

I am passionate about Spanish and education, which is why they are my majors. Spreading my knowledge and enjoyment of learning to students is one of the greatest feelings.


18.2 %

41 million people in the U.S., or 18.2 percent of the population, speak Spanish.

46 %

Percent of projected job growth as an interpreter or translator between 2016 and 2022.

2 majors

Because the ability to speak Spanish is such a sought-after trait, students typically double major in business, communication, education, nursing, and physical therapy.

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