There are 40 million Spanish speakers in the United States, and the Spanish-speaking population is growing rapidly. With over 400 million speakers, Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the world. Spanish is an official language on four continents and is a native language in 21 countries, including the United States.

About the Major

As a Spanish major at Ohio Wesleyan you will learn how to understand, speak, read, and write Spanish, so you can communicate well with native Spanish speakers, and you will gain an understanding of the diverse cultures that exist within the countries where Spanish is spoken. Our beginning and intermediate level Spanish courses focus on honing your communication skills in the language, and at the advanced level you will have an opportunity to delve deeper into various topics related to the Spanish-speaking world and learn how to analyze and interpret authentic cultural materials with an awareness of the sociocultural, historical, and political contexts in which cultural production takes place.

All Spanish majors must satisfy an immersion requirement. This can be done in one of the following ways:

  • Complete an accredited Spanish study abroad program approved by the department; it must be a minimum of 8 weeks in length and transfer at least one unit of credit at the intermediate level or above to count toward the Spanish major or minor.
  • Show that you have studied an academic year (at least 9 months) in a Spanish-language high-school or university.
  • Document that you spent at least one calendar year (12 months) abroad in a Spanish language immersion environment.
  • Be a heritage Spanish speaker entering at the 250 level or above.
  • Be a native Spanish speaker having grown up speaking Spanish as your primary language, either in the U.S. or in a Spanish-speaking country.

Study Abroad in Spain at the University of Navarra in Pamplona

Most Spanish majors fulfill the immersion requirement by spending a semester abroad. Many of them do so by participating in our Pamplona Program in Spain, either in fall or spring semester. If choosing a program other than Pamplona, Spanish majors must first make an appointment with the Chair of the WLC Department and complete the academic guidelines for study abroad. Detailed information about approved off-campus study programs, financial aid, and billing is available in the Office of International and Off-Campus Programs. Click here for the Academic Guidelines for Study Abroad (PDF).


Graduate Outcomes

Allie Niemeyer ’19

After graduating, Allie is a range technician at the Bureau of Land Management in Kremmling, Colorado. While at OWU, Allie had an internship with the National Park Service, studied abroad in Costa Rica, participated in a Travel-Learning Course in East Africa, and conducted several research projects on a variety of topics.


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Chair:  David Counselman
Associate Professor of World Languages and Cultures
University Hall 201

Academic Assistant: Beth Fedoush