Spanish-Latin American Studies

Major, Minor

Westminster College of Arts and Sciences

4-Year Degree

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The Spanish-Latin American Studies Program at Westminster University

Learning another language broadens your understanding of cultures and prepares you for working in an interconnected world. At Westminster, you can major in Spanish-Latin American studies to get the benefits of an interdisciplinary language education. Through hands-on learning opportunities, you will witness firsthand the advantages of communicating with more people.

Spanish-Latin American studies at Westminster focuses on engaging with course content through real-world experiences. Our classes combine Spanish studies in conversation with other disciplines, like literature and environmental science. Through our holistic curriculum, you will be able to make relevant connections to Spanish and Latin American culture.

Who the Spanish-Latin American Studies Program Is For

Our program is designed for students who want to go beyond their immediate place and culture. If you want to learn a new language through classes that explore Spanish and Latin American politics, art, science, and history, this program is the right fit for you.

What Are the Key Benefits of the Spanish-Latin American Studies Program?

  • Internships, local and international May Terms, and study abroad opportunities where you can immerse yourself in different cultures
  • Strong emphasis in language fluency and pronunciation
  • Small upper-level classes that focus on debates and evidence-based discussions in Spanish
  • Proficient faculty members that connect students with members of the local Spanish-speaking community

Sample courses

  • SPAN-110: Spanish I
  • SPAN-301: The Spanish Speaking World
  • SPAN-321G: Hispanic America Populist Narrative
  • SPAN-331C: Latin America Literature


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Our Faculty

Deyanira Ariza-Velasco, PhD
Associate Professor


liberal education courses

You must complete the WCore program or join the Honors College (and complete requirements) to fulfill your liberal education credits.

Spanish-Latin American Studies Program Plan of Study

In introductory Spanish classes, you will learn the basic structures of grammar and gain the foundations of written and oral proficiency. Students that enter the program with an advanced knowledge of the language can test out of these requirements.

In upper-division courses, you will work with literary works from different Spanish-speaking countries and examine their respective cultures. You will also investigate the anthropological, historical, or social component in Hispanic and Latin American culture to develop a senior project–a thesis or internship.

Westminster also offers a minor in Spanish that consists of a minimum of 20 credit hours in Spanish coursework. A minor in Spanish can complement your major area of study by providing you with various career choices or plans for advanced studies.

Tuition and Aid

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With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, Westminster students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

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In addition to general merit scholarships, other scholarship programs are available to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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